Cowboys Extend Tony Romo
The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo agreed to a 7-year $108 million dollar deal today, according to ESPN.
The deal makes Romo, 32, the highest-paid-played in franchise history. The last six years of the deal, Romo will earn an average of $18 million a year compared to the $16.8 million he will earn in his first year. Romo is guaranteed to earn $55 million dollars this season, which is $3 million more than Joe Flacco is guaranteed to earn in Baltimore.
But the question is, was Romo worth the deal? Let’s take a look at his career numbers:
Games Played/Games Started: 121/ 93
Passing touchdowns: 177
Passing yards: 25,737
Overall, Romo’s 2012 campaign was one of his best. The QB finished with a season high 4,903 passing yards and 28 touchdowns (8 shy of a career best). But at the same time, Romo tied his season high number of interceptions of 19 this year.
The QB has a 1-4 record in the playoffs. The only win for Romo came in 2009 when he led the Cowboys to a wild-card round 34-14 victory over Philadelphia. Romo hasn’t led Dallas back to the postseason since that season.
Romo was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in 2003. In 2007, Romo signed a six-year, $67 million dollar deal with Dallas. Overall, his career with the Cowboys has been great from a franchise record standpoint. Romo holds the career touchdown passes record with 174 as well as the franchise single-season records for passing yards, 4,903, and touchdowns, 36.
Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones told ESPN at the NFL scouting combine in March, “Stay tuned. He is going to have high expectation.”
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