Jul 28, 2011; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) signs autographs for fans during training camp at the Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboy's Owner Jerry Jones Pays Stupid Money, But He's Not Stupid

Oct 23, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) with owner Jerry Jones prior to the game against the St Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

You know the old expression: “Put your money where your mouth is”  Well, Dallas Cowboys owner and GM, Jerry Jones  doesn’t do that.  He might think he does, but instead, at least when it comes to the Cowboys, Jerry keeps putting his money someplace much less tangible than a body part – it’s a place called hope.  You see, he’s got nothing else, except money.

Jerry, probably from his oil wildcatter heritage, has an abundance of two things – money and hope – and that goes double when you’re talking about his Cowboys.  Tony Romo’s new contract extension is just the latest reflection of that.  Hope and Money.

Jan 29, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb watches the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers at the Target Center. The Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 106-101. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

About the money – Whether you want to believe it right now or not, the money Romo got in his extension is simply the current going rate for a franchise QB.  When the dust settles on Romo’s deal and ‘the ultimate choker’, Donovan McNabb, stops whining about it, we will hear about the contracts for Atlanta Falcon’s QB, Matt Ryan, or the Green Bay Packer’s QB, Aaron Rodgers, get done, as well as some of the others coming down the pike, then y’all will see what I mean by ‘going rate’ (Aaron Rodger’s deal, in particular, should be astronomical).  Right after news broke about Romo’s contract, someone tweeted that Romo’s deal will probably be the floor by which Detroit Lion’s QB, Matthew Stafford’s new contract will be based.  They said  ‘the floor’, not the ceiling.  the tweeter is probably right.  So, what has Stafford done exactly to earn that?  The reality is that player salaries are market driven in the NFL, and the NFL game is all about the QB, so in this reality, the top 10 or 12 QBs in the league are gonna get paid, sometimes stupid money.

When it comes to the Cowboys, Tony Romo gives Jerry Jones hope.  And I bet, in Jerry’s line of thinking, Romo brings in the money as well.  For whatever reasons, Romo has become one of the most polarizing players in the league and along with that, one of the most talked about and well known players.  Add to that Romo is the face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise so when everyone is talking and tweeting about Tony Romo, they are also talking and tweeting about the Cowboys which translates, somehow, into cash.  I think Jerry likes  that scenario.

Did Jerry Jones overpay Romo?  Probably, ok, yes, absolutely he did, but that’s not the point or a surprise.  He’s done it before  (Miles Austin and Doug Free come to mind) and you just know he’ll do it again, and the reason is because jerry seems to be a fan first, then a GM.  But he always has one eye on the cash register.  That’s the point.   Oh, and he is also full of, among other things, hope.

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