The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo have come to terms on a six-year contract extension that will keep Romo on the team through the 2019 season. The 32 year old Romo will be 39 when his contract comes to an end. However, Romo will be getting more guaranteed money than the highest paid player in NFL History (at this point), Joe Flacco. The six-year extension will be worth $108 million with $55 million guaranteed.
With that being said, Romo’s finalized contract is seven-years and $119.5 million. He still has the last year of his remaining contract before the extension. Plus a $25 million signing bonus. In the first three years, Romo will earn $57 million.
However, as Gregg Rosenthal said in his column, after those first three years in Romo’s contract, he will be 35 years old and the team would have paid him his guaranteed money. From there they can release him if he has failed to progress to their liking.
Romo and the Cowboys finished 3rd in the NFC East behind the Redskins and Giants in 2012. The team failed to make the playoffs after losing their last two games to the Saints and Redskins. Romo was intercepted three times in the Redskins game. Romo threw multiple interceptions in four games last season. Including October 1st, when he threw five to the Chicago Bears.
Like or hate Romo, he has been the best starter the Cowboys have had since Troy Aikman. He has thrown for over 4,000 plus yards three out of the last four seasons. He is the face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise, and has led the team to just one playoff victory back in the 2009 season against the Eagles. The next week Romo was defeated by the Vikings and Brett Favre. Romo has to prove that he can lead this team to the promise land if he wants to finish his contract with the team in 2019.