Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Why Dallas Should (and Will) Re-Sign Tony Romo

The Dallas Cowboys enter the 2013 season with some major contract and salary cap decisions. Do they try to re-sign Anthony Spencer or let him go in free agency? Do they take some salary cap hits to rid themselves of bad contracts and under-performing players? Do they make a play for some help in free agency? Of all these questions, the most important one involves quarterback Tony Romo.

Romo is entering the last year of his deal and will account for over $17 million towards the salary cap. The 2013 season will be his seventh as a starter for the Cowboys and could be his last. At age 33 and with a lack of postseason success, many fans are ready to move on from the star-crossed quarterback. Here are five reasons why the Cowboys not only should re-sign Rmo but also will do so.

1. The Salary Cap

This is simple. Dallas can save almost $7 million towards this year’s cap by giving Tony an extension on his contract. Going into the year with over seven percent of the cap assigned to one player would not be prudent. Dallas has a very difficult cap situation, having little to no room to improve the team without restructuring some deals. Aside from Brandon Carr, the most money can be saved by reducing Romo’s cap figure which would allow Dallas some wiggle room.

2. Performance

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) yells after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

For all the backlash and hatred towards him, Tony Romo is a very accomplished quarterback. This is especially true given that he has only been a starter for a total of six seasons. Amongst active quarterbacks, Romo is top ten in passes completed, pass attempts, passing touchdowns, game-winning drives and comeback victories. He is in the top five in yards per pass completion (5th), passer rating (4th), pass completion percentage (4th) and yards per pass attempt (2nd). If this doesn’t make him “elite,” he certainly is secure at the top of the next tier.

3A. The Cowboys lack of success is not his fault – Part one

In the six full seasons that Romo has been the leader of this team, he has been responsible for 55 wins. You would need to total the previous eight seasons to account for that same total. He also has led the Cowboys to the playoffs three times, with a record of 1-4. In the six seasons prior to Romo, Dallas only reached the playoffs once and lost. In fact, before the win over Philadelphia in 2009, the last playoff victory came in 1996.

3B. The Cowboys lack of success is not his fault – Part two

Dallas has asked too much of Romo. One very simple, yet important fact that proves this is the Cowboys have never provided Romo with a 1,000 yard rusher. Pick any other high profile quarterback in the league and they have all had this luxury. Brees (1), Brady, Peyton Manning & Rodgers (2), Ryan (3), Flacco & Roethlisberger (4) and Eli Manning (6) have all been able to rely on a running game. All of them, except Ryan, all have a Super Bowl ring as well. Providing Romo with some balance could be the answer to that puzzle.

3C. The Cowboys lack of success is not his fault – Part three

Dec 11, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) rolls out to throw a touchdown pass during the second quarter of the game against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Along with a lack of a consistent running game to lean on, Dallas has also rarely provided Romo with any defensive support. Only one time since Tony has been the starting quarterback has Dallas had a top ten defense. This was in 2009, when Dallas won eleven games and a playoff game. Quite simply, the defense has been an albatross around the neck of the Cowboys’ playoff hopes. In five of the last seven years, Dallas has been in the bottom half of the league in both passing defense and total defense. This puts extreme pressure on the offense, specifically on the quarterback, to keep the games close.

For all of these reasons, there is almost no chance that Dallas goes into 2013 without the most important position on the field secured long term. An extension for three or four years at anywhere from $10-12 million per year would make the most sense for both parties.

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  • Spanky

    Good read. It’s a shame many wont agree; however, those that don’t should name one quarterback between Romo and Aikman who’s brought as much success to the Cowboys. Answer = none. Good QB and good article.

    • Mekkio wekkio

      you mean since Troy ? What success have we experience with Romo ??? No playoffs in 3 years..

      • Spanky

        Better success than we had with Anthony Wright, Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde, and Drew Bledsoe which totaled around 36 wins over 5 1/2 seasons. With six full seasons of Romo we’ve got a record of 55. Performing a 4th grade level of subtraction shows that we’re 19 times more successful. I guess we should have held on to Clint Stoemer or possibly Ryan Leaf. No, we should be glad we stopped the QB shuffle. There can be another 52 out of the 53 total reasons the Cowboys haven’t gone further into the playoffs but for some reason we want to hang the lack of coaching and lack of “team” execution on #9 every time. I agree with the writer, I think things would be much different if we had a running game and defense; not to mention a real O-Line.

        • Mekkio wekkio

          are you sure it was Romo or better role players such as TO, Witten, Miles Austin,Dez Bryant, Demarco Murray ?? Also take away that 13-3 season I wonder where that stat would be borderline average. How can you compare Romo career wins with a whole era of bad football after Troy retire??

        • Mekkio wekkio

          Dude I also did some math.. since Romo been a starter he has won only 56 games over 6.5 seasons not 5.5 seasons.. Romo is only an 8 or 9 win quarterback.. That will not cut it.. he could be a 10 -11 win qb if he didn’t like choking so much.