Tony Romo discusses the new contract extension and the future of the Dallas Cowboys.
PHOTO: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, quarterback Tony Romo, wife Candice (Crawford) Romo, and young Hawkins Crawford Romo (who turns one year old on April 9th).
Tony Romo was insistent on only one thing in negotiations: Romo made it clear to his agent that he intended to finish his career in Dallas.
Romo, who turns 33 next month, should finish his career in Dallas after signing a six-year, $108 million extension. When the contract is scheduled to end following the 2019 season, Romo will be four months from turning 40.
“He’s always considered himself a Cowboy for life,” said R.J. Gonser, Romo’s agent, said Friday afternoon. “He’s able to do what a lot of players aren’t, and that’s finish his career in one spot. He’s got that star on his helmet. That’s awfully special.”
Only six players in NFL history have had contracts worth more than $108 million. Add in 2013, and Romo’s deal is a seven-year, $119.5 million deal. He is guaranteed $55 million, tying for the second-most in NFL history behind only Tom Brady.
Romo, who received a $25 million signing bonus, will make $57 million in the first three years of the deal.
“This deal was never in doubt,” Gonser said. “Quite frankly, if it was about leverage and getting more money, we would have waited until we got closer to the season. Tony was not interested in playing this thing out to get a couple more bucks. …This has never been a concern of his. He’s probably as focused as any client I’ve ever been around. Obviously, money is a part of this business. But he just wants to play ball.”
Talks on a new deal began a year ago, but Romo put them on hold once the season began. Gosner said talks were a “slow burn” the last couple of weeks before heating up even more the past few days.
“The organization made it clear to us the past couple of years that Tony was their long-term franchise quarterback, and Tony made it clear to us that he would never play for another organization and that he wanted to finish his career as a Dallas Cowboy,” Gonser said. “Once you have that, you figure it out. Obviously, every negotiation takes its own path, and you have to go through the process. But never was there any doubt in our mind, Tony’s mind, and I’m guessing the Cowboys’ minds that we could get this done.”
Romo’s cap figure for 2013 has been reduced by $5 million to $11.8 million, freeing the Cowboys to jump back into the free-agent market if they so choose.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement about the six-year extension the team gave to Tony Romo today (Friday).
“This is a significant day in terms of securing stability for our team for the future. Tony is uniquely qualified to lead this team at the quarterback position for the next several years. He has an abundance of experience and familiarity with our offensive philosophy, our head coach and the personnel around him. He is moving into a period of time where he can maximize all of his natural skills while continuing to build upon the talents that he has developed since entering the NFL. He has a proven-veteran-quarterback grasp of the intellectual side of the game. He knows how to run an offense and run a team. He knows how to win games and has done it in a lot of different settings and under a lot of difficult circumstances.
“We couldn’t be more excited about moving onto the next several years with Tony, a time where he will have a significant level of input and contribution to the planning and implementing of our offensive approach – both in the meeting room and on the field. In today’s game, every NFL franchise understands the importance of production and continuity at the quarterback position, and, historically, few franchises have enjoyed those benefits more than the Dallas Cowboys. We are very confident in this investment and commitment.”
Good Friday has turned into a great Friday for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
The Dallas Cowboys and QB Tony Romo have reached agreement on a six-year, $108 million deal that would make him the highest-paid player in club history. More than half, $55 million, is guaranteed.
Romo is scheduled to make $11.5 million in 2013.
The contract will likely make Romo a Cowboys player for life and provides Dallas with a franchise quarterback through 2019. Romo, 32, will turn 40 years old the April after he plays the last season of his new contract.
Romo becomes the highest-paid player in Cowboys’ history and receives the second-most guaranteed money in NFL history at $55 million. New England quarterback Tom Brady received $57 million guaranteed, and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees received $55 million guaranteed.
The contract extension will also significantly reduce Romo’s 2013 salary cap hit of $16.8 million, giving the Cowboys more money to possibly sign other free agents in an effort to upgrade their roster.
Romo’s new contract was negotiated by Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and Romo’s agent, R.J. Gonser, at Creative Artists Agency.
The Dallas Cowboys didn’t want Rob Ryan, but the defensive coordinator will take his former players.
The New Orleans Saints have signed defensive end Kenyon Coleman today. Coleman started five games for the Cowboys in 2012, but he was placed on injured reserve after he tore the triceps in his left arm.
Coleman, 33, was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2002 draft. He was a regular starter with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Cowboys from 2007 to 2011. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder had 36 tackles and one sack in 2011.
Former Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler signed with the Saints earlier this week. Coleman played for Ryan in Dallas and Cleveland. He’ll help New Orleans transition to Ryan’s 3-4 scheme.
Throughout his third season with the Dallas Cowboys it seemed as if Dez Bryant became more comfortable speaking to the media in the locker room at Valley Ranch and after games at Cowboys Stadium. Bryant continued to demonstrate that comfort Wednesday as he appeared on a couple of NFL Network shows and a podcast on NFL.com.
Being one of the most popular players in the NFL, Bryant’s actions are constantly viewed under a microscope. For example, when Bryant says it’s possible for him to catch 20 touchdowns and total 2,000 receiving yards in a season, critics say he should be more focused on team goals than individual accomplishments.
And Bryant hears the criticism.
“I dislike it a lot, but I live with it, I deal with it,” Bryant said on The Dave Dameshek Football Program podcast. “I love football. That’s what I focus on. I don’t really care too much what anybody has to say.”
To clarify his comments about a potential 2,000/20 season, the 24-year-old said it’s “possible” but not where his focus is at.
“You still have to win – that’s the main goal – have to get into the playoffs and we are going to work to do that,” Bryant said.
Bryant added on the TV show NFL Fantasy Live: “I feel like if you’re a wideout, you should be trying to reach 2,000. Calvin Johnson almost did it, so that should be your goal.”
During that fantasy football show Bryant was asked about the outstanding statistics he turned in during the 2012 season. Bryant had a career-high in catches (92), yards (1,382) and touchdowns (12).
The former Oklahoma State standout really turned things up during the second half of the season, totaling 10 touchdowns and 879 yards during the final eight games.
“I wanted to be like Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald,” Bryant said. “I wanted to make a big impact, be a big playmaker for Tony Romo.”
When asked where he would draft himself among the elite fantasy football receivers in the NFL, Bryant said fifth, behind Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall.
Here are a few other highlights from Bryant’s time with the NFL Network.
On which team is the front-runner to win the NFC East in 2013:
“I’d say us. We’re going to be the front-runner. I feel like what we’re trying to do now is build a championship football team.”
On if there’s pressure on him as a receiver in Dallas to follow in the footsteps of Bob Hayes, Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens:
“Not at all. I love football and I love all those guys that you just said. I’m me. I’m my own guy. There’s really no pressure about me wearing 88. I actually love it. I want to build my own, wearing Mike’s number.”
On how a team builds chemistry:
“It doesn’t have to be football things. [We] can spend time outside of the facility, get to know each and everyone on the team; just gaining each and everyone’s respect.”
On if he has spent time with other players in the offseason:
“I go up the facility and Sean Lee is there – he is a monster. I see a lot of guys there, Miles (Austin). We all talk about the season, the upcoming year, what we want to do, the goals we are trying to set. We are really trying to get it.”
On attending a rally against domestic violence in Dallas last week:
“I feel like real men don’t hit women, point blank, period. I am against domestic violence. I just wanted to be out there to show my support, be there for a friend. It felt great to be out there.”
On what it’s like to be a rookie in the NFL:
“It gets crazy. It gets hectic. Everything’s coming so fast. That playbook is crazy. It’s a lot of work.”
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant joins Dave Dameshek and the gang live in Studio 66 (Nick Lucero/NFL) – Click HERE to listen.
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