Commanders fans can't help but laugh at Jerry Jones' latest roster blunder

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Things are looking up for the Washington Commanders. Adam Peters' roster rejuvenation has people wondering if there could be rapid improvements attached next season, although this was always going to be a long-term project rather than something witnessed with the Houston Texans last time around.

The Commanders reside within a competitive division, which is another reason to temper expectations. However, the gap could be closing quickly between Washington and arguably their most bitter rival throughout NFL history.

Jerry Jones' roster fumbling can help the Commanders

Jerry Jones is a complicated man. He loves the spotlight and is never more comfortable than when speaking to the media. This has written checks his team can't cash over the last two decades, with the Dallas Cowboys constantly flattering to deceive and failing to match their undeserving hype as 'America's Team'.

This offseason has seen more confusion than ever. Dak Prescott is heading into the final year of his deal with no new contract on the horizon. Stud playmakers CeeDee Lanb and Micah Parsons haven't been extended. Former players lambasted the Cowboys for standing pat in free agency despite Jones stating they were going all in on a Super Bowl quest this year.

His latest roster blunder might be the most hilarious of all.

The billionaire made no secret of his admiration for Texas running back Jonathon Brooks. Jones claimed it was the best interview he'd conducted with a player in three decades. The signs pointed to the Cowboys making him a high-priority prospect to watch on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft.

“In my 30 years I thought it was the best interview that I ever interviewed with a player. He’s outstanding. And he’s a great football player. We got him high, high, high. And he’s a good player.”

This is called tipping your hand. Something that did not go unnoticed by the Carolina Panthers, who traded up to No. 46 overall and took Brooks before the Cowboys had the chance. One could only imagine Jones' face in Dallas' war room when that pick was announced on the podium.

The Cowboys didn't draft another running back after Brooks went off the board. Jones felt he had something better in mind, reuniting with veteran Ezekiel Elliott on a one-year deal just a season removed from making him a salary-cap casualty.

You couldn't make it up.

Elliott signed for the New England Patriots last season. He accumulated 184 carries, going for 642 rushing yards and three touchdowns. This equates to 3.5 yards per carry and represents the lowest offensive output of his professional career.

It's a sentimental move that reeks of desperation. Elliott is way past his prime and cannot be expected to shoulder a heavy burden these days. After that, the Cowboys have Rico Dowdle, Deuce Vaughn, and Royce Freeman - not exactly a stellar cast heading into a pivotal campaign for head coach Mike McCarthy.

Washington will be worrying about themselves rather than everything else going on around them. Meshing everything together seamlessly after so many alterations can prove complicated, so this is the primary objective now that the main parts of Peters' recruitment strategy have been implemented.

Still, it's comical to see what's unfolding in Dallas. Something that could benefit the Commanders greatly if they get their own house in order.