Cowboys owner Jerry Jones missed Saturday's afternoon practice to attend the Hall of Fame induction of former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders.
Jones signed Sanders in 1995 to a record-breaking contract, including a $12.9 million signing bonus, come over from the San Francisco 49ers and key a third Super Bowl title run for the Cowboys in 1990's.
“I remember the kinds of things that were in the decision to bring him to the Cowboys and they were really watershed moments for me,” Jones said. “I remember getting in front of the entire team and putting his contract on the board in a team meeting before I signed him and saying, ‘Now, are we all together? DO we want to bring him on?’ Hell, yes, bring him on. It was a very significant thing and that Super Bowl team was made up of a lot of great players and he was an instrumental player on it.”
Jones said his team's failed pursuit of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha last week reminded him of the chase for Sanders. The Cowboys offered Asomugha $10 million a year but he chose to sign with the Eagles.
He said he told Asomugha as much.
“I told Nnamdi on the phone when I was talking to him that this has a certain aspect to it that reminds me of when we were negotiating with Deion to bring him on our team, that we thought he could make a difference here,” Jones said.
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