Today, as has been expected for months, the Dallas Cowboys handed their franchise QB a six-year extension worth $108 million; it includes $55 million in guarantees.
This next part comes from Adam Schefter of ESPN: Tom Brady signed for the most guaranteed money in NFL history, $57 million. Romo is second with $55 million. Drew Brees also signed for $55 mil'. And Joe Flacco signed for $51 million.
Let's see ... Brady, Romo, Brees, Flacco. Something about that looks weird. Oh, yeah - only one of those guys never won a Super Bowl. Guess which one? Brees has the same number of Super Bowl wins as Romo has playoff wins.
Even former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb noted this distinction when he Tweeted: "Tony Romo 6 yr 55 million dollar extension. Wow really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me."
The Cowboys had no choice. Owner/president/GM/top scout and assistant head coach Jerry Jones would apparently rather eat cat poop than suffer through another post-Troy Aikman like existence of not having a real QB. Tony Romo, as much as you may not like him, is a real QB.
Not to mention the team has about 35 cents under the salary cap to sign players, making an extension/restructuring with Romo so essential to improving a roster that needs help.
The rub, of course, is whether Romo is good enough to warrant this deal. He is so much better than when Bill Parcells gave him the keys in the fall of '06. There may not be a team that asks more of their quarterback than the Cowboys need of Romo.
He is good, and about 15 other NFL teams would make him their starter today.
The question is did the Cowboys just wed themselves to a few more years of mediocrity simply because they were afraid, or with a few more parts can Romo actually win the games that matter.
Considering the track record of the people who are putting the parts around Romo, the safe answer is nope.
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