Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo Has Made America's Team America's Joke

Todd McElwee@@toddmcelweeCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field following the Cowboys 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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America’s team is now a national joke.

The Dallas Cowboys just inked a 32-year-old starting quarterback who perpetually leads the organization straight into oblivion to a six-year $108 million extension—with $55 million guaranteed—in order to help a precarious salary cap situation.

So 8-8, one playoff victory and another nationally-televised choke job nets you nine figures in Dallas? Who wouldn’t sign up for that?

Romo’s extension is reported to help the beleaguered Cowboys combat their problematic salary cap issues. He was set to earn $16.8 million in the final year of his current deal.

No player has ever earned more money for mediocrity. Quick, name someone who has done less to earn such a windfall. God bless the aspiring PGA Tour professional.

By signing his favorite son to such a blockbuster deal, Jerry Jones not only refuses to admit defeat but also has handcuffed his franchise for the immediate future. The Cowboys have placed their trust in Romo, and have no reason to do so.

Lets review the last time we saw Romo take a snap: Week 17 in Washington. With the NFC East on the line Romo came up his typical small self. Three interceptions, including his signature pick late in the fourth quarter of the winner-take-all contest condemned Dallas. Including his implosion Romo was a mediocre 20-of-37, 218 yards with two touchdowns, three interceptions. The Redskins won 28-18 with Romo once again playing the fool.

Once would have been a coincidence, unfortunately for Dallas Romo has withered under the brightest lights throughout his career. From the infamous botched snap against Seattle in 2006 to three-turnover showings against the Eagles and Vikings in consecutive seasons to 2011’s duo of poor showings against the Giants, Romo has made a habit of letting the Cowboys faithful down, and down hard.

Jones refuses to admit defeat with Romo—which he has had plenty of experience with. In trying to address a short term problem, the Cowboys have condemned themselves to .500 or losing seasons for the foreseeable future. And why? Was there a serious market for Romo for anyone other than fantasy footballers? No.

Enjoy the mediocrity Big D.