Tony Romo’s Restructured Contract Will be Problem for Dallas Cowboys' Future

By Jeric Griffin
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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Well, consider Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones officially diagnosed. Early Tuesday morning, Jones again restructured the contract of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to create $10 million in salary cap space for Dallas to get under the league-mandated number of $133 million by the March 11 deadline. Sure, $10 million in cap room is great now, but we’ve been down this road before.

Romo’s cap number was enormous for 2014, but now it’s just big. The Cowboys converted $12.5 million of his $13.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, so now his mammoth cap number of almost $22 million drops to just under $12 million. That puts Dallas at less than $1 million over the salary cap, thanks to reworked deals of Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick.

But now Romo’s cap numbers for 2015-19 will be astronomical as the lowest of those before the restructure was just over $15 million in 2016, although he was at $19 million for 2017 and ’18, over $20 million in ’19 and over $25 million in ’15. Basically, the Cowboys’ salary cap situation will only get worse with Romo eating up more and more cap room in the future while counting less and less right now.

Sure, the Cowboys can cut expendable players like Miles Austin and Phil Costa while potentially cutting DeMarcus Ware if he doesn’t return to form in 2014, but with one player counting over $20 million against the cap for basically the next half-decade, Jones is running out of options. Of course, he’s not worried since he’s already pretty much set for 2014, but that will change next year at this time and every year after that until 2020. Get ready for more of the same, Cowboys fans (i.e. mediocrity).

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