Cowboys Give Tony Romo $55 Million Guaranteed
I know a lot of NFC East observers are laughing about this, but should they be? The Dallas Cowboys have locked up their franchise quarterback, Tony Romo, with a six-year, $108 million extension that runs through 2019. And, as always, those are bloated contract numbers and he’ll never see all of that money. He’ll be 39-years old by the end of that deal (if he were to play the whole thing out, which he won’t) and at that time he’ll either be a backup in Buffalo, or the Bills will actually be convinced he can start and go 4-12…again.
But, Romo is getting $55 million guaranteed, which is more than the $52 million guaranteed that Joe Flacco got. And while Romo isn’t Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady and the Cowboys likely overpaid him, I’ll ask you this: Who else are you going to get?
Ask the Arizona Cardinals or the aforementioned Buffalo Bills how hard it is to get a quality starting quarterback. It is not easy. And make no mistake, Romo is a quality starting quarterback.
Is he perfect? Holy hell no. Yes, he threw for almost 5,000 yards last year, but he also led the NFL in interceptions with 19. And it’s not just that he throws INT’s, it’s that he picks the worst possible time to do so.
The Cowboys have only won one playoff game with him (2009) and they haven’t even been to the playoffs since. Is that all his fault? Absolutely not. Their defenses have been atrocious in recent years and can’t stop anyone. The offensive line got him sacked 36 times last year. Have fun playing behind that.
So, let Eagles and Giants and Redskins fans laugh all they want. The deal isn’t a joke. It wasn’t that long ago that the Cowboys were trotting out the Drew Hensons and Quincy Carters and such. They know what it’s like to have dreck at the position and it doesn’t sound like they want to go back to that.