Found February 19, 2013 on XLJournal:
PLAYERS: Tony Romo
TEAMS: Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo has been a lightning rod for criticism over his 8 year career. Going into the 2013 season Romo is entering the final year of his previous 6 year $67.4 million deal. The question the Cowboys face is whether or not they want to extend his contract before it runs out after the 2013 season. Romo has historically put up very good numbers over the 8 years he’s been in the league, as last season he threw for 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns. Romo’s criticism has come from his inability to win big games. Romo is 1-3 in his 4 career playoff games throwing for a combined 832 yards and 4 touchdowns. That averages out to only 208 yards and 1 TD per game in the postseason. In today’s NFL where the quarterback position is hands down the most important on the field, finding a replacement for Romo who can have the kind of regular season success he has enjoyed is not an easy task. It is well known at this point that this year’s stable of QBs coming into the league via the draft are not as talented as in years past and the free agents to be are nowhere near Romo’s level of production (assuming that Joe Flacco never gets to free agency). It is common knowledge throughout the league that playing in the last year of a contract is an uncomfortable situation, especially for franchise players such as Romo and other productive quarterbacks. This makes it even more important to make a decision sooner rather than later about what to do about Romo. On the one hand he has been an above average QB at the very least and his passing skills can lead a team to the Super Bowl under the right circumstances. On the other hand, Romo’s playoff failures are what sticks out about his career thus far, and Jerry Jones is anything but a patient man. Romo turns 33 before the start of next season, so the safe move would be to sign him to a relatively short term extension while starting to actively look for the quarterback of the future. The only problem is they might not find one until next season at the earliest. Follow me on Twitter: @BrigantiJoeXLJ
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