Perhaps no current player in the NFL has come under more scrutiny than Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo. Some of it has been his own doing (remember the botched hold in the playoffs versus the Seahawks?), while a good portion of the scrutiny comes with the responsibility of being the face of "America's Team". Still, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has passionately stuck by Romo as the team's quarterback, at times choosing him over big-name coaches and players. That has never been more evident than the news that came down the pike on Friday.
Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com played a game of dueling banjos and broke the story that Romo and the Cowboys agreed to terms on a new six-year mega-deal.
Joe Flacco signed a deal with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason that made him the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL. While that deal raised some eyebrows, at least Flacco had a Super Bowl ring to his credit, along with a good postseason history. Romo, by comparison, has a 1-3 playoff record and hasn't led the Cowboys to the postseason since 2009. Go figure that one out.
Still, the Cowboys felt that getting Romo's contract done was a high priority this offseason. He was entering a contract year (the final one of another previous six-year deal worth $67.5 million) and Jones likely wanted to ensure that he'd have Romo for the rest of the quarterback's career. At 33 years of age entering another six-year deal, it looks like both Jones and Romo got their wishes granted.
Along with the increased pressure that Romo will be taking for signing a contract like this, the financial effects will be felt around the league and other dominoes will begin to fall. It has been rumored that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are talking about a new contract and that one could supersede the contracts for both Romo and Flacco. The Bengals might also be looking at an extension with Andy Dalton and, believe it or not, the Romo contract might be the blueprint given the similar career trajectories and statistics to this point.