The Dallas Cowboys fans who were hoping and praying the team would not re-sign quarterback Tony Romo when he’s a free agent in 2014, you can stop, but you might want to sit down before you continue reading. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday the team will sign Romo to an extension before the end of the 2013 season.
“Tony is going to play a lot more than two more years,” Jones said. “We are going to take care of Tony. Tony is going to be a Cowboy.”
So there you have it; the Cowboys will sign Romo to an extension sometime within the next 24 months and he will remain the franchise quarterback of America’s Team for the foreseeable future. This comes less than 24 hours after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dallas will not trade up to draft a quarterback like Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft.
That makes sense because Romo gives the Cowboys a better chance of winning in the next two years than a rookie quarterback. However, Dallas’ entire future personnel plan changes now that the front office has made it clear Romo will get a contract extension.
For those who believe Romo will never win a Super Bowl, Stephen Jones says he hears you.
“There are not many better than him out there,” Jones said. “I hear it – he hasn’t gotten it done yet. I hear it, all of that. But you are not going to find much better than Tony Romo. Every year he improves. As he gets better, our chances get better.”
Whether you view that answer as cowardly or confident, it’s not going to change. Jerry Jones has publicly expressed his confidence in Romo since he took over the reins of the Cowboys’ offense in 2006 and this announcement from Stephen Jones confirms Romo’s place in Dallas.
On the one hand, Jones’ “he’s getting better” comments are gut-wrenching to true blue Dallas fans who want to win now and don’t believe Romo is the right man for the job. On the other, at least the Jones’ realize they can’t start over now with a rookie quarterback if the Cowboys are to have any hopes of winning a Super Bowl in our lifetimes. Either way, #9 will be under center in Dallas for the foreseeable future and that’s not going to change.