The first thought that came to mind upon hearing about Tony Romo’s contract was, “Wow, that’s a lot of money”. It is no surprise that almost a week later there is lots of buzz surrounding the Dallas Cowboys and specifically Tony Romo.
Many fans are completely distraught with the news of the contract, and not just the number, but the fact that it means the franchise will be strapped to Tony Romo for the next six years.
I have been a Romo supporter since the beginning. I think there are problems much deeper than what we perceive them to be. It’s easy to blame the quarterback due to lack of success. And while most of those arguments might be valid I still believe that Tony Romo can lead this team to a Super Bowl victory.
I must openly admit though that even I was taken aback upon hearing the deal that Romo received.
As I stated earlier, I believe Tony Romo has the capability, but that is a large investment on something based solely on faith. What I mean is that while some of us believe in the fact that Tony Romo can win a championship, the truth is there is absolutely nothing to go off of other than what all of us have seen.
Many chalk this up to another bonehead mistake made by Jerry Jones and his bad spending habits, but the reality is this was a smart Tony Romo that found himself in the perfect storm.
The final year of a contract, plus the current market for quarterbacks, plus the Cowboys absolute desperation spelt big payday for Romo. As human beings who can fault the guy for going after what he knew he could get, then add that the fact that other teams would have been willing to pay that, like the Cardinals for example.
Had the Cowboys not paid we might be saying bye to him next year and have to begin the quarterback carousel all over again. Yes, that might sound of delight to most of you but be honest with yourselves, finding elite NFL quarterbacks is a tough task. Just ask some teams like the Jets, or Dolphins, or Cardinals.
As the old saying goes, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game”, and Tony really played his cards right on this one.
This deal doesn’t offend me nearly as bad as most Romo bashers, but I can understand their frustration on this one.
Romo is here to stay so let’s at least try to find the bright side.
I think we can all agree that Romo genuinely wants a championship. Perhaps this contract allows him to realize that this is his final opportunity. His last stand, if you will.
He has most of the tools necessary to get it done. He has an upcoming star in Dez Bryant and an All-Pro tight end in Jason Witten. The offensive line is a huge question mark at the moment, but that is an issue sure to be addressed in the Draft. The future looks bright my friends.
6 years is a long time, and $108 million dollars is a lot of money, but even you doubters can’t deny the joy you would feel seeing the Cowboys hoisting the Lombardi Trophy once more, even if Tony Romo’s hands were lifting it.