The Dallas Cowboys want to get a deal done with Tony Romo to lower his cap hit in the 2013 season and solidify the quarterback position on the depth chart. Tony Romo wants to get a deal done to get paid. And Romo has been waiting for a domino fan to give him some leverage.
“You could say everybody is waiting for the next contract to be the market setter,” Jerry Jones told reporters during the NFL combine, via Matt Mosley of FOX Sports. “That is fair to say, but everybody also realizes that every team has got the same kind of deadlines and same kinds of issues regarding room. Some more, some less. But the big paid quarterbacks always create team cap issues, so are they waiting to see what one does because that helps their number?”
So know that Joe Flacco has signed a huge $120+ million deal, Romo knows what he can ask for. And Mosley has an estimate:
“When you consider that Flacco received $52 million in guaranteed money in his new contract, I think Romo will be looking for somewhere in the $40-45 million range. No, I’m completely serious.”
“The Cowboys will give Romo a large signing bonus in order to free up salary cap space.”
Joe Flacco has one won Super Bowl and appeared in back to back AFC Championship games and Dallas with Romo has won 1 playoff game. It’s hard to think that Romo could command so much money but given quarterback talent he’d make it on the free market from a team desperate to upgrade their quarterback position.
Plus the Cowboys are motivated by the turmoil the experienced at the position in the era between Troy Aikman and Tony Romo when they resembled last season’s Arizona Cardinals giving anyone and everyone a shot.