Rams Update: All-Pro QB Marc Bulger wants to be highest paid player in franchise history. ESPNews reports St. Louisâ€™ signal caller Marc Bulger will continue contract discussions with the team Thursday, July 26, with hopes of becoming the highest paid player in franchise history. Bulger has a 75% chance of having his wish come true; getting the extension he is demanding the Rams front office to award him with. Bulger has made it clear like Adam Sandlerâ€™s drink preference (Waterboy) “High-Quality H20,” putting the ball in the St. Louis Rams organizationâ€™s court, waiting for his shot (demand) to come back all “net” making a smooth, “swoosh” noise (deal gets done) or a “brick” coming with a loud, “clank” sound (deal does not get done now).
Cowboys Update: Youngster QB Tony Romo is not expected to sign an extension with Dallas. Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Dallasâ€™ Passer under center Tony Romo will not get a lot of green paper with former U.S. Presidents on it. Romo will just have to wait to cash in and make a strong impression this season for Coach Wade Phillips, Owner Jerry Jones, and friends. He should not get a new deal because he has played about 4-5 good games in the NFL, and thatâ€™s been it for him! This QB for “Americaâ€™s Team” has to prove more on the gridiron than just one good quarter of a season taking snaps, running the offense, and throwing the pigskin up in the air to WR Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn, and TE Jason Witten. He needs to lead the team to at least one playoff win and 10-11 victories in the regular season to even be considered a “long-term investment” at QB. (Ainâ€™t going to happen!) Dallasâ€™ front office is very impatient and expects too much from this “journeyman” QB out of Eastern Illinois. He needs to convince the Owner that he is more than a “One-Hit Wonder.”
Outlook: Marc Bulger is the more experienced (60 games played – six seasons), accomplished (over 16,000 pass yards and close to 100 TDâ€™s), and accurate thrower (64.4 Completion % with a career 91.3 QB Rating, and 2:1, TD:Int Ratio – at 95:59), compared to Romo who is inexperienced (only 11 starts under his belt), unaccomplished (no playoff wins or 3,000 yard-seasons), and an inaccurate thrower (13 Picks compared to only 19 Touchdowns.) The knock on Bulger is he has been unable to lead the Rams to barely any Playoff wins (only 1 in his career.)
Romo may have signer Carrie Underwood on his side but if he puts up a disastrous performance like he did at Seattle in the Playoffs last year, he will not have too many fans, supporters, or help (abandonment from team) at his side. He will have many critics at his side questioning him though, while hearing the “boo-birds” yell loud, exiting Texas Stadium after yet another loss and bad game, as he will have only himself to blame (talent around him is good.) Bulger is only three years younger than the Dallas QB and has great weapons all around him like Romo has, and is as close to a sure thing than almost anyone in the league, in passing for about 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns every year. To be a great QB in the NFL you have to be consistent every Sunday, confident in the pocket, and take advantage of each and every opportunity you may have.
The call to be a good, professional QB in the league for many years does not coming knocking, coming to find you, it has to sought after and worked for with tremendous perseverance and poise trying to improve each and every week. Rams Marc Bulger has the common traits of a Pro-Bowl QB and Dallasâ€™ Tony Romo right now does not, as he has to earn his big contract and reputation as a proven QB that puts up big numbers and wins games. Bulger is a “cool customer” under pressure and deserves a new extension, but I really donâ€™t think he should be paid as the highest player in franchise history just yet. He will get a big deal soon, though it will not be worth what he wants and expects it to be.
Romo on the flip side of things will get an extension if he makes Jerry Jones happy and the Dallas Cowboys winners, leading them far into the Playoffs for the first time 1995. For now, he will have to wait patiently and hope for a big season in Big “D” for the extension to become more than a childhood dream – a Reality.