Could Dallas Sign Romo to a Short Term Deal Instead?

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One of the best things about working at the Landry Hat is experiencing the passion and intelligence of our Dallas Cowboys fans. And in an effort to further serve our great community, we put out a request this week to answer your fan questions.  So here is today’s question:

“What are the chances of Jerry Jones giving Romo a one year contract instead of a multi-year and drafting a 1st-2nd round QB in the upcoming draft?” – Charles M.

What follows are the responses from some of our great staff writers and passionate Cowboy experts.

Dec 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is hit by Washington Redskins linebacker Perry Riley (56) after releasing the ball during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

Mike Burke, Staff Writer – Charles, slim to none and slim left town. Tony Romo will finish his career here in 5 to 7 years.

Kim Dunning, Senior Writer - In my opinion, I do not see that happening. Worst case scenario Romo makes really good trade bait as oppose to signing him for a short-term contract. Drafting a quarterback in this draft is going to be hit or miss. Again to the best of my knowledge there isn’t a good quality quarterback coming out and taking a chance on a sleeper quarterback would be like the Stephen McGee failure all over again.

Todd Toombs, Senior Writer – Romo is under contract for 2013 so in essence he has a 1-year contract already. But his cap hit this year is huge – $16.8MM – on a team that has no maneuvering room. The Cowboys could let him play out that last year, but they’ve painted themselves into a cap corner now where they almost have to give him an extension and swap salary for bonus so they can prorate what they owe him over multiple years. They won’t be taking a QB in the early rounds but could take a flyer on a project late in the draft – but there aren’t any Russell Wilsons out there this year. Romo is the best option we have so hopefully we shore up the offensive line so he can use those talents more effectively.

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