The hoopla surrounding Tony Romo‘s contract extension has got to stop. Everyone suddenly started talking about it earlier this year, but the team announced it was negotiating a new deal with its quarterback in February of 2012. So this has literally been going on for over a year, yet it’s now being presented by the media like it’s a surprise. Furthermore, legitimate news outlets have reported the Dallas Cowboys were undecided on whether they would give Romo a new deal as late as last week, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Folks, the Cowboys were never even hesitant to make the decision to give Romo a new deal at the end of the 2011 calendar year. And regardless of what is being said, it wasn’t a big deal then and it’s not a big deal now.
Are the Cowboys cash strapped? Yes. Have they made some boneheaded moves with contract extensions for current players? You better betcha. Should they let Romo walk with no backup plan? Absolutely not.
Look, Romo is far from perfect, but he’s not nearly as awful as what all these memes make him out to be, like the worst passer in the NFL. Could the Cowboys do better? Of course they could! Do they have any better options right now? Not even close.
These words are hard to form together, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it best this week: “[Romo] is not going to be paid to be a bus driver.”
Jones cited Troy Aikman‘s contract situation with the Cowboys after the Hall of Famer had already won three Super Bowls and made it clear Dallas will pay Romo to be the centerpiece of the franchise going forward. This is not a new decision; it was made at the end of the 2011 NFL season and it was never even hypothetically questioned, much less debated. Ever. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Again, Romo is not a Hall of Famer, but the guy threw for almost 5,000 yards last year behind arguably the worst offensive line in football. With a decent front, he has the talent and the weapons around him to succeed as long as his moronic head coach and owner don’t get in the way, which is inevitable. So with the “news” that the Cowboys are “close” to getting Romo’s new deal done, Dallas fans shouldn’t be upset about it or even give it a second thought. It’s going to happen and it was always going to happen. Now it’s about what the Cowboys will do to improve the team around him. Don’t hold your breath on that, but also don’t get worked up over something that was never in question.