Quite possibly the biggest news in sports yesterday was Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo signing a six year extension worth up to $108 million with $55 million guaranteed. With this contract, there has only been one player to earn more guaranteed money than Romo in NFL history – Tom Brady.
Brady boasts an incredibly impressive resume that contains three Super Bowl wins, with a total of five appearances in the big game.
Romo? Well, let’s see. He’s won a single playoff game in four total appearances in the postseason since 2005. The supporters on this deal will fire right back and say that Romo has a career quarterback rating of 95.6, one of the top ratings in the NFL since entering the league. That is undoubtedly one of the most impressive statistics regarding any starting quarterback today.
Yet, I still can’t get over the fact that he has a single win in the postseason during that time. How is that worth one of the fattest contracts in NFL history, let alone some of the most guaranteed money ever given out? $55 million guaranteed for what? 55 career wins? In that case, Brady should be making a heck of a lot more than he is at the moment.
Going into this season, Romo will be 33 years old. At this point in his career, it is very hard to believe he has his best years in front of him. Locking him down until he’s near the age of 40 was down right foolish. He’s not Brett Favre. He’s not Peyton Manning. He’s not even Joe Flacco – Yep, I went there. Who has a more impressive postseason record, better postseason stats, and a Super Bowl ring? That’s what I thought.
Cowboys fanatics may be happy over the re-signing, but if I’m being honest, it was a clear cut waste of money. Romo has underperformed in crunch time, and Cowboys fans know it. America’s team has become the underacheivers of the decade, and it looks like they will enjoy another six years of such play after Jerry Jones appears to have been fooled by Romo’s fraudulent resume.