Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president, announced this week that the team wants to keep quarterback Tony Romo and will offer a contract extension. Coach Jason Garrett says that there’s a lot involved in the deal and there are a number of team’s making similar decisions. He also states that they have the opportunity to restructure Romo’s contract and that they believe strongly in the player. It has also been stated that there’s a lot to do with the Cowboy’s personnel wise and some money that will need to be freed up.
According to USA Today Sports, the Cowboys are over the salary cap by $21.3 million. Several players including cornerback Brandon Carr, wide receiver Miles Austin and offensive tackle Doug Free have large contracts and these may need to be restructured to allow for a contract extension with Romo.
Jerry Jones stated that he wants to keep Tony Romo as the quarterback “for the next four to five years.” Romo is now 32 and has been a starter for six years. His first three to four years with the team, he did not play at all. The Cowboys believe that despite his age, he still moves like a younger and spontaneous player. Garrett says that they feel good about him for a long time to come.
Garrett also stated that they aren’t necessarily looking at prepping a new player to be Romo’s eventual replacement. He states that they believe in the quarterback position but that they have other areas on the team they need to focus their resources on.
The Cowboys do have a number of areas to improve upon including pre-snap penalties, Romo’s passer rating and lack of play action, and improving their offense overall.
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