Cowboys lock up Romo with big contract extension
The extension is worth an average of $18 million a year, a bit lower than Joe Flacco's record breaking $20.1 million annual salary. Flacco's contract has really set a reference point for other quarterbacks in contract negotiations, and while Romo has been the superior regular season signal caller, Flacco has a clear advantage in postseason performance. Therefore, Romo coming up $2.1 million short of Flacco's annual salary makes sense.
What is interesting, however, is that Romo got $3 million more in guaranteed money than Flacco.
Assuming he plays out the entire contract, the extension will make Romo a Cowboy through his age-39 season, obviously increasing his chances of finishing his career in Dallas.
Despite the mass amounts of criticism Romo takes for his inability to come through in the clutch, he puts up top-ten numbers year after year. He has an impressive career quarterback rating of 95.6, finishing all seven of his seasons as a starter with a 90+ rating. He's made three Pro Bowls, and has put together a solid regular season record of 55-38.
The move will draw some criticism because of Romo's inability to win the big games, but when it comes down to it, there are not a lot of quarterbacks who can do what Romo does. I would imagine that owner/general manager Jerry Jones has rendered Romo's big game shortcomings a fluke, as he always has a "Super Bowl or bust" type mentality.
After years of impressive play from the league's most difficult position and no signs of slowing down, Romo has earned a hefty contract extension. Of course, the money will likely be considered "wasted" by Cowboys fans if Romo never hoists the Lombardi Trophy.