One of the most scrutinized quarterbacks in the league has to be Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo. It seems that everyone is waiting for the guy to fail. Well maybe not everyone feels that way. Stephen Jones who is the executive vice president for the Dallas Cowboys feels Romo is key for the team to win a championship.
Today Stephen Jones spoke on his thoughts about Romo saying, “Tony is a key piece of what we’re about going forward. We’re certainly going to be looking at his situation (in) time. We’ve historically (extended contracts) with quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys ahead of time. We did it with Troy (Aikman) and we certainly want to look at that with Tony so we can all move forward in terms of how we want to play around our salary cap with our team. Tony is the key piece in terms of how your cap is represented.”
This upcoming season Tony Romo is entering his final year of his contract. He is looking to make $11.5 million. Dallas needs to shave off about $20 million to get under the salary cap set up by the NFL. If the Cowboys work a deal with Romo and extend his contract then the will be able to lower the overall team’s salary cap.
Romo did not want to talk about his contract during his 2012 season because he felt it would lead to be a distraction. When reporters asked Stephen Jones about any pressure to get a deal done he replied, “I don’t feel pressed. I don’t think we’ve ever felt pressed with Tony. He’s been a great partner. As I said, your quarterback, even when you have a good one and we’re certainly lucky to have one of the best, is going to represent a good piece of your salary cap. How you manage that is important. He understands that and we do, too.”
This past season Tony Romo and the Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins in the final game of the season. That game decided who was going to make it into the playoffs. With the loss the talk about Romo being a franchise quarterback once again came up, but Tony and the Dallas front office don’t seemed phased. Romo threw for 4,903 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions.