Daily Archives: April 1st, 2013

AGENT CONFIRMATION: Anthony Spencer commits to a long-term agreement

Meet sports agent Jordan Woy - The Boys Are Back blog

Anthony Spencer and the Dallas Cowboys haven’t been able to agree on a long-term contract extension, but that probably wasn’t on Spencer’s mind over the weekend. Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, confirmed Monday that his client recently got married.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray tweeted a picture Sunday of himself standing with teammates Sean Lee and Miles Austin at what seems to be Spencer’s wedding.

The message tweeted from Murray’s account read: “Congrats to my man spence… Chillin with the homies 19 and 50!”

The Twitter account @LaurenChanelPR tweeted a picture of Spencer and his bride on Saturday with the caption: “Introducing, Mr. And Mrs. Anthony Spencer!!”

Spencer, 29, is coming off his best professional season, finishing with 95 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles. On March 12, Spencer signed a $10.63 million tender after being placed under the franchise tag for the second consecutive season.

Mr. And Mrs. Anthony Spencer - The Boys Are Back blog

Editors Note: Happy April Fool’s Day! Like the misleading headline?

TOP 8 COMPENSATION: Tony Romo getting paid to win in the future

TOP 8 COMPENSATION - Tony Romo getting paid to win in the future - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

There’s always two ways to look at things. When it comes to contracts for professional athletes, there is usually a healthy debate over whether to pay a player for what he’s done or what he will do in the future. 

The goal should be to find a happy medium somewhere in between. 

In the case of Tony Romo, who signed a six-year contract extension over the weekend worth $108 million, it’s clear the Cowboys found that balance, whether public perception agrees with it or not. 

My take is simple – Romo got paid like a Top 8 quarterback. And once some of these other contracts come in for Aaron Rodgers and probably Matt Ryan and maybe a restructure from Eli Manning, Romo will be in that range. And that’s fine for him. In my opinion, he is a Top 8 quarterback. Not in the top tier, but on the outside of that, and that’s pretty much how he was compensated. 

It’s funny how his playoff wins have suddenly become the biggest topic once again. Sure, you’d like for him and this team to be more accomplished. 

But what if he had 8 playoff wins? What if he’d been to the Super Bowl twice and has won them both. What if he’s a two-time MVP of the league? 

You’re still going to pay him what you think he’s about to do here in the next few years. 

So playoff wins are irrelevant at this point in the game. He’s got one. We got it. Thanks Donovan, for pointing that out. Maybe if he’d played against McNabb head-to-head in the playoffs, he’d have a lot more. 

But that’s beside the point at this juncture. For Romo, that’s always the easiest argument against him. His playoff wins, or lack of success in elimination games. And there’s no denying it. In those games, the Cowboys have struggled mightily and he’s played a big hand in some of those failures. 

Romo has one playoff win. Jason Witten has just one. DeMarcus Ware also with just one.

Hey, I get the quarterback is the guy with the record. He’s the one getting most of the blame and credit. But this team needs to step up, too. As a team, they need to learn how to win games when it matters. The coaching staff needs to learn how to get the players prepared enough to win when it counts the most. 

Romo needs to do a better job of stepping up in those clutch moments. His teammates need to do a better job of following. 

But this contract isn’t really about what has happened. Romo turns 33 later this month, but of course you’ll hear the Cowboys say he’s a “young 33” because he spent the first three years on the bench. Personally, if he has to run for his life and take shots like he did last year, he’ll be an old 34 before you know it. 

As I’ve always said – quarterbacks are like a new house. Once you build it, you better get a sturdy fence to support it. And that’s where the Cowboys need to focus – getting an offensive line that can protect this investment. 

But that’s exactly what this contract is. Despite his age, and despite his lack of postseason success, the premise of this contract is about the expectations the Cowboys still have for Romo.

Courtesy: Nick Eatman | Dallas Cowboys website

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