So I see where the Cowboys re-signed Tony Romo to what apparently is a huge contract. Its a six-year, $108 million deal, with $55 million guaranteed. Romo gets a $25 million signing bonus.
As an anti-Cowboys fan, I am excited. Signing Romo to such a big deal without having any real accomplishments to back it is likely to alienate him from the rest of the team. Romo is taking up a chunk of the cap space for Dallas, even though it may not be apparent right away. In its first year, Romo only counts $11 million against the cap, which means somewhere around the middle to back end of the contract, its going to hurt them. Also, the Cowboys once again fall victim to those three championships they won oh so long ago. The owner, Jerry Jones wants to build a team centered on the Triplets. That means a great QB, running back and wide receiver. Unfortunately, he’s lost sight on what really won those titles: The ability to do whatever they wanted. Those early-to-mid 1990’s Cowboys won because they had the greatest offensive line in the history of the sport. Like all fantasy league owners, Jerry Jones doesn’t really put a whole lot of stock into line play. He’s very happy with his quarterback and a star receiving crew with guys like Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. But Romo’s going to see big time pressure up the middle, especially when the Cowboys offensive line problems start to hit them late in the season.
Signing Romo long term isn’t going to do much to help that team, other than to create some short-term cap space. I’m interested to see what Dallas, along with a number of other teams, does in the draft. If they actually use picks on offensive and defensive linemen, I’m going to be concerned. If they look for more triplets, I’ll be relieved.