Tony Romo gets extension with Dallas Cowboys

Sometimes You Just Gotta Go “Huh”

I may be one of the biggest opponents to large sports contracts.  But when one is given to a proven loser, I just gotta go “huh”.

Tony Romo, who has been the Dallas Cowboy starting quarterback for 6 full seasons, was given a contract extension today.  In those 6 seasons, he has taken them to 1 playoff game.

He will receive a 108 million dollar extension for the next 6 seasons, with a guarantee of 55 million dollars, and a 25 million dollar signing bonus.  This season, the final year of his present contract, he will receive $11.5 million, essentially giving him a seven-year contract worth $119.5 million.

One word comes to mind, “why”?

Is this a trend to throw away money at unproven athletes in the NFL?  First it was Flacco, and now Romo, whose contract will be greater than the Ravens’ quarterback.

In other free agency news, the Buffalo Bills are talking to former Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Kevin Kolb.  Fans in Buffalo are already questioning the possibility.  If he is signed, he will be competing for the job with Tarvaris Jackson, and an expected rookie acquired from the upcoming draft.

The Seattle Seahawks have repeated claimed that they were happy with back-up quarterback Matt Flynn and his large contract.  They appear to have changed their minds.

Reports say that the Seahawks are in intense negotiations with the Oakland Raiders.  The clog in the wheel may be Flynn’s contract.  Flynn appears to be resistant to re-doing the three-year, $19.5 million contract he signed last year with the Seahawks if traded to the Raiders. Flynn’s 2013 base salary is $5.25 million, but the Raiders had just $2.85 million in salary-cap room Tuesday before they released defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.  The Raiders are still attempting to re-structure Carson Palmer’s contract.

Tyrann Mathieu was thrown off the LSU Tigers team last season because he violated team rules.  He was a much critiqued cornerback.  His stature at 5-foot-9, 186-pounds has left him out of several team’s consideration.

But the Patriots and 49ers have expressed an interest in him, and have invited him to a conversation.  He will also be interviewed by the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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