Tony Romo Gets $108 Million Extension from Cowboys

Dallas gives Tony Romo 6 years, $108 million

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The Dallas Cowboys gave Tony Romo a 6-year, $108 million extension. (Credit Opertinicy)

What does Tony Romo now have that Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett and Michael Irvin never did? He’s the highest-paid player in Dallas Cowboys history.

Romo signed a massive six-year, $108 million contract extension Friday, giving him 7 total years with Dallas. The $55 million in guaranteed money is more than Joe Flacco received in his new deal from the Baltimore Ravens.

The deal provides immediate relief for Dallas, which saves $5 million under this year’s cap. Still, with 9 figures potentially changing hands over the life of this deal, the new Romo extension may be the lasting legacy for a number of prominent Cowboys – head coach Jason Garrett, GM Jerry Jones, and of course Tony Romo himself.

Haters, unite!

As with all things Tony Romo-related, the universe immediately exploded upon the news. Romo’s fans praised the Cowboys for the deal. His detractors, including former Eagles and Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, were critical of the move.

McNabb took to Twitter almost immediately. “Tony Romo… Wow really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me,” he tweeted. One could criticize Donovan for spilling Haterade all over his keyboard, but the more telling story is that McNabb’s judgment was retweeted over 17,000 times.

Tony Romo: "You can keep hating, Donovan! I'm rich, baby!" (Credit AJ Guel)

Tony Romo: “You can keep hating, Donovan! I’m rich, baby!” (Credit AJ Guel)

Bleacher Report asked if the deal was “an early April Fools joke“. Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsRadio) may have been the most critical, tweeting:

“If Tony Romo got more money than Joe Flacco, that means Aaron Rodgers is going to get $950,000,000,000,000,000+.” Ouch.

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Romo is obviously a more divisive public figure than beloved players like Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith. A lack of playoff success for a franchise and a fan base with a “Super Bowl or bust” mentality will do that.

Great expectations for Romo

Romo turns 33 in April, and is already the Cowboys’ all-time leader in touchdown passes, with 174. However, he carries just a 1-3 postseason record in his career, and the taste of “Fumblegate” against the Seattle Seahawks still lingers in the mouths of many Dallas fans.

With his new contract extension, the pressure will mount for Tony Romo more than ever before. It’s hard to imagine a playoff appearance this year being enough for Cowboys fans – not to mention Jerry Jones and management. With $108 million changing hands, and $55 million guaranteed, an NFC East title might not even do it.

The minimum expectation attached to this kind of money is an NFC Championship game appearance, and at least one Super Bowl appearance in the remainder of Romo’s tenure as Cowboys quarterback. If Romo can’t get that done – fair or not – this will ultimately be remembered as the worst contract in Dallas Cowboys history.

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