The Dallas Cowboys have extended Tony Romo’s contract.
Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said all along that Romo was his man and that the team was prepared to do whatever it takes to keep him. That theory was put to the test this off-season as the two sides could not come to an agreement early, but the standoff has finally ended.
This is good news for Cowboys fans because as we learned earlier in the week, the Cowboys would not have been able to franchise tag Romo next season because of language in his original contract. Even if, the Cowboys could franchise Romo, I highly doubt they’d be willing to tag him because it would cost the team somewhere in the range of $26 million to $28 million to do so.
So what’s Romo’s new contract look like?
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter Romo’s 6-year $108 million extension, with stipulations for up to $55 million of it guaranteed, makes him the highest paid player in Cowboys franchise history. The extension now brings Romo’s total contract to 7 years and $119.5 million, but it does cut his cap hit to about $11.8 million, which gives the Cowboys about $5 million to spend. Jones said that he would take care of Romo in an interview and hinted that the money would not be an issue, and now we know it wasn’t.
Romo is coming off of a season, in which he threw for 4,903 yards and led the NFC East with 28 touchdowns, but also threw a career-high tying 19 interceptions. I found that kind of amusing given that his critics keep reminding us that he’s a turnover machine, however, his 177:91 touchdown to interception ratio says differently.
Romo’s extension will now give the Cowboys some money to play with let’s hope that Jones uses that money to provide his quarterback with a solid offensive line.