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April 26, 2013

Cowboys 'lost' trade with San Francisco on everybody's trade chart, but not theirs

So how many charts are out there?

The Cowboys said Thursday night there are a lot of draft trade charts, which assign a point value to every pick in the draft, from the first in the first to the last in the last.

By most accounts, the Cowboys “lost” their trade, 900 points to 820, with the San Francisco 49ers because they gained only a third-round pick in their exchange of first-rounders. Eighty points is a significant difference; getting within 10 to 50 points is generally acceptable. To even up the score, the Cowboys should have gotten back a second-round pick.

But executive vice president Stephen Jones said there’s more than one way to read a chart.

“There are a whole lot of them,” he said. “We have one that we work off of, and we do update it. I would say that on the ones that we have, for the most part, we either won or hit right on it.”

The Cowboys, of course, should know what they’re talking about when it comes to the trade chart. They invented it under former head coach Jimmy Johnson.

But general manager Jerry Jones said the chart is not everything when it comes to making trades.

“It’s a mistake to think that transactions go by any trade chart,” he said. “We invented trade charts; invented them in the NFL. You had a trade earlier today that was off the charts in trade charts. It boils down to the right time at the right place, and does it fit you?”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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