There were rumors of the Dallas Cowboys selecting quarterback Johnny Manziel during the recent NFL draft. The speculation was so prevalent, some of the Cowboys' decision makers wanted to reassure starter Tony Romo about his job security.
Romo was not worried.
"We did it, everybody had a visit with him along the way," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said (via ESPN.com). "Jerry [Jones, Cowboys owner/general manager] included, myself included, and told him how this is his football team and how much we think of him and with all the rumors flying around not to pay attention to that.
"His response is, as you might expect from Tony, it was, 'Well if you decide to, it ain't going to matter, there's not anybody out there that can beat me out.'"
There are two reasons for Romo’s confidence.
Romo will earn $55 million in guarantees due to the six-year contract worth $108 million he signed in 2013. Dallas may have finished 8-8 the past three seasons with Romo under center, but the team remains financially committed to him.
In addition, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Romo hang out together during the offseason. They clearly have a personal relationship, and Romo is not worried about his friend benching him.
Stephen Jones believes Romo, 34, has another four seasons left in him, despite the quarterback's offseason recovery from back surgery.
Unfortunately, Romo's self-confidence is based on circumstances, not playoff success (the way it should be).
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