There is one common thought around the NFL. That thought is that you cannot win without a good quarterback.
The question remains, is signing Tony Romo to an extension a smart idea?
On one hand, Romo is a quarterback who has only won one playoff game. Romo has been remembered for plays like the bobbled snap in Seattle and for losing games because of taking risks.
At 32 years old, Romo is still in the prime of his career but a popular thought would be that his prime is likely coming to an end.
On the other hand, Tony Romo is an extremely effective quarterback who might just be one of the best regular-season quarterbacks of all time. He has amassed a career regular-season passing rating of 97.3 and is coming off the best season of his career.
So while everyone has their opinion of what should or shouldn’t be done, I think it’s smart to consider exactly what the Cowboys are thinking.
Who Could Replace Him?
Look around the league—can you honestly say that there is a quarterback the Cowboys could attain that is better than Tony Romo?
The waiver wire is filled with players like David Garrard, Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman. The Cowboys have no young prospects in the wings waiting to start and would have to redesign their offense to bring in another player.
To be honest, and opinionated, there are only about six quarterbacks better than Tony Romo in the entire league. There isn’t anyone you could draft or sign in the next two years that would give the Cowboys a better chance at competing.
What Is Truly at Risk?
I’m a proponent of drafting a quarterback and letting him wait three or four years before he sees action. Are you really losing anything by drafting a quarterback in the next two years and extending Tony Romo four?
Here’s what I do know, I know that contracts can contain language that protects the team and the player. That means if Tony Romo does sign a four-year, $60 million extension, there will likely be language in it that allows the Cowboys to move on if Tony begins to decline in performance.
On the other side, you could be signing Tony Romo to a four-year extension at the perfect time because he is just now hitting his prime.
Think about it.
Tony Romo was incredible last year and is coming off a game where he meticulously picked apart the New York Giants. He hasn’t looked like he regressed or was even really challenged against the best defensive line in football.
Tony is consistently getting better, and not even critics can deny that.
He Deserves It
Tony Romo has been bruised, beaten, shattered and shaken since becoming the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
Critics have destroyed him, fans have attacked him and his personal life and the media seems to make a field day of his every move.
The bottom line is that through it all, Tony has persevered. He loves the Cowboys; he loves the star and hasn’t let any of it shake his focus or his performance.
We owe it to Romo to give him an extension because he has given plenty to us. The Cowboys are never considered out of a game and are consistently considered contenders because of the play and abilities of Tony Romo.
Say what you will, but I’m going to put my money and trust into a quarterback who puts up a completion percentage better than 61 percent, 4,000 passing yards and at least 25 touchdowns a year every time.
Romo may not be considered “elite,” but he’s knocking on the door.
Every week Romo finds a way to be effective. It doesn’t matter who is on the field with him. He’s smart and understands how to win the game. After all, isn’t winning what it’s all about?
Romo not only deserves an extension, but he’s almost entitled it. He will finish with a ring eventually and everyone will seem foolish for over-analyzing his every move.