Tony Romo shouldn’t sign the Cowboys extension
The blame game of what went wrong continues to be heard on the lips of NFL analysts. Who should be fired? Who should be hired? However the real question to be answered in the Cowboys offseason is whether Tony Romo should sign an extension to keep him a Cowboy for the foreseeable future.
Tony Romo has been one of the best quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys in the history of the franchise and is now looking at renegotiating a contract extension with the Cowboys, but Romo shouldn’t do it. The Dallas Cowboys have leaked information about negotiations with Romo on an extension in order to get a more cap friendly extension. However why should Romo continue with the Dallas Cowboys? Romo has the worst job in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and that is putting it lightly. The Cowboys are one of the most dysfunctional football clubs in the NFL that rivals the Oakland Raiders easily.
Romo has been part of the majority of the blame for why the Cowboys haven’t succeeded at making a championship run, but his play as an individual is the best on the team for the most part. Romo’s contract expires after the 2013 season and Romo really needs to wait and see before inking an extension. Let alone getting extended to a cap friendly number, because cap friendly only makes sense if the team uses that extra cap space to sign players to make a championship team. Have the Cowboys proved they can put together a championship team? The answer to that question is no.
The only thing the Cowboys have proven is that Tony Romo is better as a poster child for the franchise than to win any Super Bowls and that is the truth. Romo’s time as a Dallas Cowboy won’t be much longer as well, because of the fans increased impatience with Romo. It’s hard to be asked to be the face of the franchise and get blamed for every problem year in and year out. As much as Romo has brought success to the Dallas Cowboys, Romo simply doesn’t need to sign any extensions until they win a Super Bowl. Otherwise what’s the point?
If by the 2013 season the Dallas Cowboys don’t get to the Super Bowl, then Romo needs to start looking for another team to use his services. Finding such a team will be a monumental task, to find a team needing a quarterback and having other pieces for a Super Bowl run, but the Dallas Cowboys are not the place for such a run to manifest itself. The Dallas Cowboys have been the only team Romo has ever played for and given a shot, but Romo needs to move on to newer and better things. Both the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo will win from such a split, because it will shock the Cowboys organization into finally taking a chance to really analyze the mistakes they made to let such a thing happen. As long as Romo is with the Cowboys, the Cowboys front office will continue to blind themselves from the problems that Romo does a great job masking.
Once the Cowboys mask is peeled away by the eventual loss of Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys will finally understand where they have been failing. In the end, Tony Romo may pick stability over winning and who wouldn’t. However with a career like Romo with only a couple more years left, does Romo want to leave with regret? Regret that he didn’t do everything in his power to put himself in a position to finally get something money can’t buy in a NFL championship. We will watch as these contract extension negotiations go forward, but Tony Romo must realize that change isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What does a man have to lose when nothing was won? Tony Romo has one more year left on his contract for 2013, but in 2014, he needs to find a team that can really use his talents and the Cowboys need to move on.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.