Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still suspects that Tony Romo will play an important role for his team on the field this season.
And Jones thinks he can talk Romo into coming back next year, even though many suspect Romo would rather go someplace else to finish his career as a starter.
“I do,” Jones said, via Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “I think if I ask Tony to go with us on that and let’s try to win a championship, I think, yes, he will.
“Tony is investing in his teammates. Everybody understands while he’s excited to be part of the team and he’s excited for the team, that he’s dying inside not to be out there competing. I underline the words dying inside. There are plenty of examples where high profile quarterbacks didn’t go down gracefully and step off the field gracefully. Lots of example of it. It’s just hard for that kind for competitor to do that.”
But if Dak Prescott has truly turned Romo into the new Drew Bledsoe, and keeps the job forever, there’s always the possibility of injury. So Jones is glad that he has Romo now, and thinks he still may play a role this season.
“I think Romo is going to get his opportunity,” Jones said. “I don’t want it to happen. But I think he may get his opportunity to get us a Super Bowl. While that’s a mixed bag when I think about it — that means you don’t have Dak out there — but it means, what a story, one for the ages, if he’d step in there and this year help us win a Super Bowl on the field with his skill. That can happen here. We’re not talking about a bus driver out there. We’re talking about a guy who can go out there and move our team.”
Jones maintained that it was “my intention,” to keep Romo next year regardless. The fact he can’t re-do Prescott’s contract until after three seasons makes it easier from a salary cap standpoint, but keeping Romo happy with a backup role might be a hard sales job, for someone who lives to make big deals.