The Cowboys have reportedly cut off extension talks with Tony Romo to “concentrate on the season” according to ESPN Dallas. Which begs the question of whether or not the Cowboys should extend their contract with Romo.
Dallas has Romo locked up through next season in a $67 million dollar deal, but with the intense scrutiny and seemingly on cue meltdowns the Cowboys and Romo suffer every season, would it be wise for the team to extend Romo this offseason?
Most fans in the city are probably torn on the issue with supporters and haters of Romo arguing for each side. On one hand Tomo has been a 3 time Pro-Bowl selection and holds a number of Cowboys passing records. He had 4 4th quarter comebacks last season with 2 against a division opponent. He currently has a 51-38 starting record with Dallas. Many quickly point to Romo’s meltdowns late in games, and though the is clearly something to that argument, it cannot be discounted that the team itself melt’s down. When the line doesn’t open holes or pass block and the receivers don’t get open or run the correct routes, that’s not just on the quarterback. When emotions for fans and analysts are put aside, that’s just the reality. It’s not all Tony Romo.
However, that does not mean that there is no blame to fall on Romo for the bad play that has resulted in games slipping away from the team. He has garnered a reputation for being a gunslinger QB and has made bad decisions both early and late in games making ill advised passes or trying to fit the ball into a tight window. He is also currently leading the NFL in interceptions for a Dallas team that looks to be destined for another year of mediocrity. His body language suggests that as the game gets more intense, the more you can see him feel the pressure and loss of composure. This isn’t something you want to see in your field general.
So should the Cowboys look to extend Romo this season? No. Along with the rest of the team, Romo has been mediocre at best this season, and investing top 10 pay on a 32 year old QB who has underwhelmed so far this season and is a pariah among fans is a bad business move. Especially, when there is still another year left on his contract. It’s not to say that Romo cannot play in the NFL with success, as he clearly has before, and on another team with better leadership he could easily be contending. The problem may just be the structure of the team in Dallas. Perhaps there is more than Romo’s personality can handle. Perhaps the Cowboys should make this season and next a show me season for Romo as they decide whether to keep him for the long haul or to consider investing in a young QB in the upcoming draft.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.