When the news broke a few days ago, I was flabbergasted to hear the deal the Dallas Cowboys made with quarterback Tony Romo.
The week was a slow one for Romo, but make no mistake on Friday, it finished with a bang that was heard round the league. Dallas Cowboys dropped the bomb on the NFL by extending quarterback Tony Romo to a franchise breaking record contract. Romo and the Cowboys, came to an agreement to a 6 year contract which will pay the quarterback $108 million, $55 million guaranteed.
The question then begs, "Does Tony Romo deserve this kind of contract or is there something lurking in the background that we as fans and sports writers don't know"? While there are many many views from one side to another, the fact is yes, Romo is one of the top quarterback on paper. His numbers rank among the top 5 in the league.
Let's see, the Dallas Cowboys haven't had a winning season since 2009, which clearly marked their only playoff appearance in five seasons. He stated he "believes the Dallas Cowboys are ready to live up to the hype" of being America's Team. Really? Romo has a record of 55-38 as a starter, but is 17-21 the last three seasons. He has a grand total of one playoff win. Paying this guy this much money with nobody to protect him and no one to back him up is a huge risk.
Let's just state the obvious: Tony Romo is being grossly overpaid. You play well, you get paid well. Look at Joe Flacco. He is guaranteed $52 million the next three years, but he has a 9-4 post season record, and is fresh off a Super Bowl win. Plus, he has led the Ravens to the playoffs every year he has been in the league. Now how do you figure with Romo's vastly inferior record that he should make $55 million over 3 years -- more than Flacco?
This now leads us to the rest of the contract which will be reconstructed. Tony Romo will not even be in the league at age 39, so the contract, is a huge cap-saving move. This move will clear even more cap space down the line. And, there it is, folks, Tony Romo gets overpaid to make a business transaction.
No worries about the money though. In an age where superstars getting grossly overpaid is the "new" norm, we shouldn't be shocked about the dollar amount, but we are shocked by the years.
The Cowboys are mired in mediocrity. Why? Romo chokes in the clutch every time. His interceptions are astonishing, everyone make excuses, from the receivers running the wrong route, to offensive line is blocking etc. Other teams have receivers run wrong routes and the QBs on those teams don't throw the INT that Romo does. There is no excuse, Tony Romo is a mediocre QB in a league that needs GREAT QB's to win it all. Don't start pointing fingers and saying look at all that talent around him. Really, where? The defense doen't perform well, sometimes not at all. The O-L is passive and far from great. Is there really a running game?
In today's world of the NFL teams live and die by their quarterbacks, Romo is inconsistent, that is the tell tale sign of a team that will die by their quarterback.
Mediocrity, is the new million dollar game.