Dallas Cowboys: Is Tony Romo a Top 10 QB?

By Rodney Coe
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In the NFL, winning is everything. The Dallas Cowboys are now talking big money for their star QB Tony Romo, but just because he has a star on his helmet doesn’t make him a top-ten quarterback.

After the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens signed Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a $120 million contract, the Cowboys are dealing with a Romo extension. The question needs to be raised; what is Romo really worth?

To be worth that you need to be that. Is Romo in the same discussion as Flacco? The resumes are quite different. What about Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, or Drew Brees? These seven QBs all have won Super Bowls.

Is Romo at least number eight? Would you put him in front of Matt Ryan? The Atlanta Falcons wouldn’t. Okay, Romo’s nine. Is he? Ask the San Francisco 49ers if they would take him over Colin Kaepernick. Okay ten. Would the Washington Redskins rather have Romo or Robert Griffin III? Now Romo’s eleven. Would the Seattle Seahawks place him over Russell Wilson?

What about Andrew Luck or Cam Newton? Okay, Romo is the number fourteen QB in the NFL. I could see him around there. But the San Diego Chargers have gotten to the AFC Championship with Phillip Rivers.

Again, the discussion has to focus on if he really is a top-ten QB. If Romo left the Cowboys, he would sign for top-five money because of the huge void NFL teams have at QB. But none of those teams I just mentioned (maybe the Chargers) would even consider taking him.

I mean really, how many Cowboy games have you watched where Romo threw several interceptions, or had butter on his hands rather than stick-um? He has flashes of brilliance, but would you honestly call Romo consistent?

Has he led his team to the playoffs and won? The Cowboys have only made the playoffs twice with Romo, 2007 and 2009. Romo fumbled the snap of the winning field goal in 2007, and had three fumbles and an interception in 2009.

If the Cowboys sign Romo as a top-ten QB, the Cowboys will fumble away their future.

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