The Dallas Cowboys signed quarterback Tony Romo to a new six-year, $108 million deal on Friday in a decision that was instantly met with mixed reactions. Romo has only one playoff win in his career, so the big deal that comes with $55 million in guaranteed money is a bit of a head scratcher, but it is a move that the Cowboys needed to make to free up cap space and make sure Romo did not become a free agent in 2014.
The language of Romo’s contract made it so the team could not use the franchise tag on him in the offseason, so it was essential that they finished up a deal now. Realistically, Romo will never see the end of his contract, but the deal was a symbolic vote of confidence from the organization.
While the fan base and general public may not have the most confidence in Romo, he strongly believes the team is ready to take the step to the next level and live up to the expectations with playing in Dallas with the star on your helmet.
“This is an organization that always gives us a chance to win, and that is always the main focus here,” Romo said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“We haven’t had the type of success that we have all wanted the last few years, but I do know that we are on the verge of doing that. I have been around good teams and bad teams and our team is about to take that next step with a lot of things that are taking shape around Valley Ranch. Today just further instills that and I am excited about our team and the direction we are headed.
“This football team that we have is a good team and with all the people we have coming back and the things we are doing behind the scenes, it will make us a very difficult ball club to beat. I am excited that ownership and the organization believes in me to get this job done. Our goal is the Super Bowl, and I am determined and honored to be the guy in this position to help our team do that.”
If Romo can lead the Cowboys on a postseason run, then the deal will be worth it.
The Cowboys always enter the season with high expectations, but Romo will have even more pressure on his shoulders heading in to the 2013-14 campaign now that he is a $100 million man. For a man that went 17-21 the last three seasons, we will have to see if he can help turn things around and get the franchise to where Jerry Jones thinks it should be.