Over the years, Jerry Jones has continued to turn into what Al Davis used to be.

Over the years, Jerry Jones has continued to turn into what Al Davis used to be.

He has become the guy that fawns over a player’s physical attributes while briskly glossing over their personal issues. He will go after the guys that have become radioactive, guys that no other team will touch because of their baggage.

However, there is a huge difference when it comes to the strategy the two owners used.

Davis loved bringing in the bad apples because they only helped to build the persona of his team. He liked his team to be known as a bunch of outlaws.

They were the Raiders, the silver and black, the bad boys of the league. Davis wanted them to be the rebels. He wanted them to venture to the dark side and be the Darth Vader of the NFL.

Most importantly, he wanted his team to be feared. He didn’t just want teams to be afraid of losing to the Raiders, he wanted opposing players to be legitimately afraid of what those crazy Raiders might do to them during a game.

For Davis, it was all about the Raider persona, the mystique.

On the other hand, Jones has routinely brought in players with checkered pasts, but it has nothing to do with an image he’s trying to uphold.

Jones loves the attention. He loves for the Cowboys to be the talk of the water coolers and the lead to every morning sports show.

He doesn’t care if the move generate cheers or jeers. As long as it generates a strong reaction, he has accomplished his mission. It’s that whole “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” mindset.

Well, as you can expect, this philosophy has caused Jones to crash and burn on numerous occasions.

He got away with it during the Cowboys’ run to three Super Bowls because he had Jimmy Johnson as his coach, and when things were good, he didn’t meddle.

Well, before you knew it, he tried to micromanage things too much for Johnson’s liking, and he split. Not long after that, the great Cowboy decline began.

Ever since, Dallas has had trouble luring great coaches to go there because they don’t want to be bossed around by Jones. As a result, Jones’ gambles have failed at a much higher frequency.

A prime example is Greg Hardy. The disgraced Panthers defensive lineman became untouchable after being arrested for domestic violence.

As a result, Hardy was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list—forcing him to miss the final 15 games of the regular season and the postseason. After the year, Carolina declined to re-sign him.

With that baggage and an impending four-game suspension, no teams wanted to touch Hardy. Enter Jones.

He swooped in and signed Hardy to an $11.3 million contract. There were a lot of people talking bad about the move, but all Jones cared about was that they were talking.

Finally, at the end of the year, Jones realized he wasn’t worth the firestorm of negativity and decided not to re-sign him.

Just a year later, the fire has gotten more intense in Dallas.

The organization is facing a $250,000 fine because they currently have three players all facing suspensions in 2016. All three are suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Well, that’s what you get when you repeatedly purchase damaged goods.

Linebacker Rolando McClain is one of the players. Prior to his stent with the Cowboys, McClain had been arrested three times in three years. These arrests included crimes like assault, providing police with a false name and resisting arrest.

Another player facing suspension is Randy Gregory. He has been suspended for 10 games.

Gregory headed into the 2015 draft as one of the most talented players in the country. He would have been a sure top-five pick, but his off-the-field baggage prevented teams from pulling the trigger on him.

Gregory actually failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine, of all places. Typically, Jones took a chance on him, picking him up in the second round.

The gamble has not paid off thus far. Gregory had little to no impact in his rookie season. In February, he failed a drug test and received a four-game suspension, and just recently, he failed another drug test—pushing the punishment to 10 games.

One day, Jones will learn. One day, he’ll see that winning games trumps making a big splash and that making gambles to win more headlines doesn’t equate to winning championships.