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The Dallas Cowboys Shouldn’t Extend Tony Romo’s Contract

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have made attempts to extend quarterback Tony Romo’s contract, however that hasn’t happened yet.

In part, I believe that it’s because Romo wants reassurance from team ownership that the offensive line will no longer be last on their priority list.  I say that because Romo isn’t a spring chicken anymore, and at age 33 when the 2013 season kicks off, it would benefit him to not be as banged around as he has been in previous seasons.

However, the more I think about the Cowboys extending Romo’s contract, the more I think they shouldn’t.

Before you toss me out as a lunatic, let me explain my reasoning and clear up that I am not a Romo hater.  In fact, I have supported Romo through thick and thin and truly believe that if he were on a different team, he would be talked about in a completely different light.

It’s been said time and time again that Romo will never win the “big game.”  That Romo doesn’t have the “it” factor.  I don’t know how anyone measures that, but I’ve digressed.  Given the cap situation the Cowboys find themselves in, it might be more beneficial to the team to go forth without Romo.

In the upcoming two seasons, the Cowboys will need to muster up a lot of money to keep some of their rising stars under contract and quite frankly no amount of restructuring contracts will alleviate the cap situation.  Keeping Romo under contract will not only count for a huge chunk of that cap space, but it will undoubtedly mean that the team parts ways with some of that said talent.

The Cowboys made the mistake of overpaying for average talent at certain stages and now are faced with tough decisions.  While it’s true that at this point Romo gives the Cowboys the best chance to win, this team is still a far cry from competing for a championship.

My desire to see the Cowboys succeed far outweighs my desire to see Romo succeed and at this point it may be time for a new name under center.  It worked for the Seattle SeahawksSan Francisco 49ersIndianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, what’s to say it wouldn’t work for the Cowboys?

Not to mention that extending Romo now, means no Johnny Manziel in the future.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1