The Dallas Cowboys began informal extension discussions with quarterback Tony Romo’s agent.
Romo is currently scheduled to earn $11.5 million, and will count $16.8 against the salary cap in 2013. Since this is the final year of his contract, it’s a good time for the Cowboys to offer Romo an extension, not only to keep him with the team long-term, but also because it would lower his cap number this season.
I expect Romo’s new deal to be somewhere in the three to five-year range and pay him anywhere from about $15-18 million annually. However, Romo’s camp doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to get a new deal done. Team VP Stephen Jones has been adamant in his stance on the Romo situation.
“We have a great quarterback, and he deserves to be paid,” Jones said. “Our goal is to not let the quarterback run out of contract.”
Romo turns 33 in April, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing as we’ve seen other quarterbacks play into their late 30s and 40s. What concerns me is that the Joneses haven’t done a very good job in protecting their great quarterback.
Jerry Jones himself admitted that because of Romo’s mobility and escape-ability, the offensive line hasn’t been a priority, and from his comments at the combine, it doesn’t appear to be one in the upcoming draft either.
I wonder if the reason Romo’s camp isn’t in any hurry to get a deal done is because of Jones’ philosophy of not protecting the mobile quarterback. Romo has already been knocked out for the year with a broken clavicle once, and another a year after suffering broken ribs and a punctured lung. The Joneses then rewarded him with possibly the worst offensive line he’s ever played behind, which cost him cracked ribs in the final game of the season.
How’s that for reassurance that they want him to be their long-term quarterback?