Certain problems can be solved with money—the Dallas Cowboys’ lack of playoff success is not one of them. So why is it that Jerry Jones signed franchise quarterback Tony Romo to a six-year, $108 million ($55 million guaranteed) deal today (per ESNPDallas.com)?
That is beyond me.
And, while April Fools' Day is just around the corner, this is no joke (although there certainly is a fool).
We laughed when the Baltimore Ravens financially handcuffed themselves after signing Joe Flacco to a monstrous extension, but this one has us rolling on the floor.
I mean, come on, Tony Romo? Really, Jerry? This has to be one of the most moronic contracts in history. While Romo's salary cap number is reduced in the short-term, can you imagine his cap hits in the latter years of this contract?
Tony Romo 6 yr 55 million dollar extension. Wow really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) March 29, 2013
As mentioned by B/R NFC East Lead Writer Brad Gagnon, Romo had a stipulation in his previous contract that prevented the Cowboys from applying the franchise tag on him in 2014.
But was that reason enough to fork over enough dough to make Romo the highest paid player in the history of the franchise? Absolutely not!
Romo had a disappointing year in 2012. Sure, he finished third in the NFL in passing yards (4,903), third in yards-per-game (306.4) and sixth in touchdowns (28)—but isn’t that expected considering his receiving corps consists of Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Miles Austin?
He ranked 16th among starting quarterbacks in passer rating (90.5) and tied for the league lead in interceptions with 19—including a four-game span during which he threw 10 picks.
Not to mention, Romo’s Cowboys endured yet another inconsistent season, finishing 8-8 and missing the postseason for the third time in as many years.
There comes a point when an owner has to realize a franchise player’s utility. In Romo’s case, it isn’t much. He will occasionally post gaudy numbers with multiple three-touchdown, 300-yard performances but lost in the fray (at least to Jerry Jones) are the untimely interceptions that Dallas fans have continually witnessed over the years.
Is it worth shelling out this embarrassingly large sum of guaranteed money for meaningless stats? The number that counts is wins, especially in the postseason, and in his seven years as a starting quarterback Romo has just one.
If Jerry Jones was smart, he would let Romo test the free-agent market and consider letting him walk. A personnel change at quarterback might be mutually beneficial for both Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.
While football fans around the country are certainly amused, nobody should be laughing harder than Romo. After all he just got away with highway robbery.