COMMENTARY | It's official: Tony Romo will be a Dallas Cowboy for life.
Talks have been surfacing for months on when a contract extension for Romo would happen, and it now has with a six-year, $108 million deal that will keep him in Dallas until he turns 40 years old, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
$55 million of that money is guaranteed.
It was reported by ESPNDallas.com earlier this afternoon that a deal was imminent, but no less than 30 minutes later, the news broke of Romo agreeing to this monster extension, $12 million less of what Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco had been given by the Baltimore Ravens, and $3 million more guaranteed than Flacco.
Despite only one playoff win in his career, the Cowboys' front office is going all-in for the rest of Romo's career to see if he can deliver that sixth Lombardi Trophy to Dallas. Statistically, however, Romo's contract backs up his numbers by being the all-time leader in team history with 174 touchdown passes.
Romo had a terrible start to the 2012 season, but despite the highest interception tally of his career with 19, he still threw for almost 5,000 yards and 28 touchdowns.
As I wrote back on Feb. 8, I predicted that Romo should get at least $10-$11 million a year, based off one thing only: Playoff performance.
He's one of the more talented quarterbacks in the league, but Jerry Jones believes in Romo so much that he pays him handsomely among the likes of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady at one point, and Aaron Rodgers, when a new contract comes for the Green Bay quarterback rather soon.
However, with the provision in Romo's contract that he couldn't have the franchise tag placed on him next season, it's probably best that the front office got him locked up as soon as possible.
A steep price, however? Maybe so.
Romo's new contract does help the Cowboys for this year in free agency, however. This extension lowers his salary cap number, and provides the money to officially sign linebacker Justin Durant and safety Will Allen to contracts.
The Cowboys have a strong commitment to Romo, and this contract proves it, no matter the price. He now has seven more years to prove he can win The Big One.
He still has Jason Witten as a reliable target, and now that Dez Bryant has groomed into a top receiver in the league, perhaps that's what gets Romo over the hump.
Time is ticking, and the seven-year clock begins in September.
Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. You can get in contact with him by following @DannyWebster21 on Twitter.
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