Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Tuesday that he’d like to lock up Tony Romo for a long-term deal, and that the quarterback is “a great partner.” From ESPN:
“Tony is a key piece of what we’re about going forward,” Jones said Tuesday. “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.”
Romo is in the last year of his deal, and is owed $11.5 million in 2013. Troy Aikman also stuck up for the embattled QB Wednesday, saying he believes Romo can lead the team to a Super Bowl. “He’s a special player,” he told The Fan. “Unfortunately, not enough people recognize that.”
Like I’ve said before, average at best.
Despite Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett’s confidence in Tony Romo, Troy Aikman believes it’s time for the team to draft a quarterback. In a chat with NFL.com yesterday, Aikman said:
“I don’t think they need another quarterback, to make that clear,” Aikman said during the chat. “But because of Tony’s age, they certainly have to start addressing who the guy is going to be that comes in after him. If there’s a guy that they can pick up and maybe develop in the third, fourth round, I think that’s a real positive thing for them.”
Since Aikman retired in 2000, the team has only drafted three quarterbacks; they’ve started 11 different QBs. The plan, he said, should be like the Green Bay Packers’:
“I like the way the Packers did it all those years…To bring a guy in essentially every season, whether you draft him in the fourth round or fifth round or third round, whatever it might be. I think there’s something to be said for that.”
“I can assure our fans this, that it’s going to be very uncomfortable from my standpoint, it’s going to be very uncomfortable for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch,” Jerry Jones told his weekly radio audience a bit ago on The Fan.
Cliffs Notes: Garrett is safe-ish, but might not retain offensive play-calling. Rob Ryan’s status is undetermined. And Tony Romo is “a tremendous asset and he’s an asset that’s going to be with the Dallas Cowboys for, as far as I’m concerned, a long time.”
So who does that leave? Dez isn’t going anywhere, and the team likely won’t part with Miles Austin, either. Witten and DeMarco Murray will stay. Felix Jones, I guess? Yes, that’s who will be uncomfortable. Cowboys fans everywhere areÂ breathingÂ a sigh of relief know their backup running back will be gone.
Direct quote from Neil Maddux, washing machine destroyer: “This is how you wash the sh*t out of aÂ Tony Romo jersey, when you don’t play worth a damn.”
Nothing screams “I WAS THERE” quite like a t-shirt.
And nothing screams “I PAID $200 TO WATCH AN AVERAGE COWBOYS TEAM PLAY A TERRIBLE BROWNS TEAM” quite like a $21.99 t-shirt from dallascowboys.com.
Unless, I don’t know, this game ends up being Tony Romo’s last game with the Cowboys and the entire state erupts in joyful rioting and the shirt ends up being worth $30 to some maniac with a “Cowboys Man Cave, bro,” you should probably save your money.
(h/t Darren Rovell)
Back in September, Peter broke down the best game of Tony Romo’s life, a 1997 high school match-up set in Wisconsin. Today, The Onion breaks down the rest of his career.
In a piece titled “ESPN ‘Sports Science’ Segment Reveals Physics Of Tony Romo’s Sh*ttiness,” the paper of record does a deep dive into Romo’s career, from a scientific point of view.
“It was truly fascinating to scrutinize Romo’s pathetic struggles on the field,” said physicist Charles Dunbar. “We are finally starting to unravel the science behind the dumb sh*t tripping over his own feet and falling down well before the pass rushers arrive.”
In case everyone forgot, the Cowboys are scheduled to get pummeled by the Falcons Sunday night.
Enjoy the new Starter commercial featuring Tony Romo. After you’ve watched it seven times, read this story by our Peter Simek about the greatest high school game he (Romo) ever played.
Plenty of reports about Tiger Woods potentially being paired with either Tim Tebow or Tony Romo for an upcoming pro-am. It got me wondering, if you had the choice, who would you prefer as a golf partner? I broke it down this way.
Some of you are still mourning the Great Cowboys Implosion of 2011 this morning (and some of you got the double whammy this weekend of the Second Great Aggies Implosion of 2011, too). There are many, many articles out there right now about what happened, how it happened, whether Tony Romo is to blame, etc. Even Dirk Nowitzki took to Twitter to comfort ToRo.
And then I came across this on Yahoo Sports – an article that says that if we were Kansas City or Cleveland or Seattle, we’d be thrilled to have Romo. That he’s actually a decent quarterback that does better than most of his post-Troy Aikman predecessors, and it’s just following people like Aikman, Staubach and Don Meredith that makes him seem so lackluster. I’m not entirely certain I agree that it’s just a case of Romo having the bad luck of being on a team whose fans expect a lot of their quarterback, though. You guys?
The latest project from The Onion is a weekly video series that spoofs ESPN talking-head shows like Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption. Here is the first. And now I’ll completely spoil the Romo part. Riffing on the idea that Cowboys receivers are begging Romo to throw the ball harder:
“His handoffs are even worse! It’s like watching a water nymph place a sugar tea cake in the tiny, trembling hand of a meadow fairy.”
I’m not sure what I think about this. You know what Tony Romo did on his bachelor party? No drinking. No gambling. No lap dances. Just some ultra-competitive hide and seek in the woods. After careful consideration, I’m going with solid. I think that’s a pretty cool bachelor party. I’m assuming, of course, that everyone had eaten a bunch of psychotropic mushrooms.
The internet is talking about the Romo-Crawford nuptials, the date and location of which are now known. TMZ told us that the happy event will take place at Arlington Hall on May 28. Richie Whitt has a picture of the wedding announcement itself.
No word yet whether Brendan Higgins got an invite and will be in attendance to turn up the volume on life.
“Crawford hopes to return to TV someday, but not with CW33, sources say.”
No word on where they are registered. Oshman’s perhaps?
Ex-Cowboys Roger Staubach and Emmitt Smith are standing by Dallas’ star-crossed NFL team, sort of. “Expectations were very high, and everybody in the city has been hit in the mouth, because the team hasn’t lived up to their expectations,” Smith said today at a Dallas charity luncheon, where he, Staubach and billionaire T. Boone Pickens were the main attractions. The Cowboys “are hurtin’ more than you are, because they’re puttin’ in the work, but they’re not gettin’ the results,” the Hall of Fame rusher went on. Then he added: “Last year I said they’d go 7-9. I was a year off.”
Staubach, for his part, said before the luncheon that he’s “sick” about the team’s flagging fortunes, especially after last night’s injury to Tony Romo. “I don’t get it,” he said. “The early schedule wasn’t that tough. I’m shocked that they’re 1-5.” So, is it time for Coach Wade to go? “It’s not up to me to say,” Staubach replied. “A real Cowboy fan doesn’t knock ‘em when they’re down.” Later, the ex-QB stood on stage and whipped a couple of footballs to luncheon attendees–one hard spiral traveled maybe 30 yards–and then joked: “I was trying to get warmed up for the Jacksonville game next week.” At least, I think he was joking.