Maybe $30 million guaranteed is not too much for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. According to NFL Network, if the Cowboys can’t work out a long-term deal with Romo, the cost to put the exclusive franchise tag on him would be $14 million in 2008. The non-exclusive tag would cost $10.7 million but the only way to ensure Romo would stay with the Cowboys would be to use the exclusive tag, which means he couldn’t negotiate with another team. And if they did it for a second season, Romo’s tender would be $16.8 million in 2009. Last week both the Cowboys and Romo shot down reports that his agent Tom Condon had asked for more than $30 million in guaranteed money. But in light of the NFL Network report, $30 million in guaranteed money on a long-term deal sounds a lot better than $30.8 million for two years. Romo’s contract expires at the end of the season. He is making $1.5 million in 2007.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.