Look for the Cowboys to wrap-up a contract extension for Tony Romo as discussed by COO Stephen Jones and Romo’s agent, Tony Condon in March. Having passed up Brady Quinn in the draft and signing an aging Brad Johnson in the off-season, there’s really not much else they can do. As things stand, I don’t expect Romo to take too much advantage of the situation and will use the market price set by other contracts signed this season by the likes of Matt Schaub and Trent Green.
It would be in both interests, the Cowboys and Romo, to settle this quickly so Romo can continue tweaking his throwing mechanics and leadership skills. I look for a 5-year, $40+ millon contract to be in the ballpark. If you look at his numbers, it might seem to be a high figure, but considering the option of either waiting for a QB in next year’s draft using their 1st round picks, or signing a premium starter next off-season, it would actually save money in the long run. Throw in the experience and expectation factors and it is really a no-brainer.
Jerry Jones has been recently quoted as “liking Romo’s style” when referring to the almost Hollywood-type attention Romo receives for his off-the-field activities. It is highly unlikely if will figure in to the negotiations, but it makes it even safer to say that a quick and satisfactory conclusion will soon be announced. I fully expect Romo to be the starting QB for the Cowboys in the foreseeable future and no real controversy on the extension issue.