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Jerry Jones: Romo is the Cowboys’ quarterback for 4-5 years

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Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones says he doesn’t need a new starting quarterback this year, next year or the year after that.

Jones said at the Scouting Combine that he’s expecting Tony Romo to start for the Cowboys until at least 2019 or 2020.

“What is the one unequivocable fact that you can count on relative to the preparation of this draft and on draft day is that I’m planning on Romo being the quarterback for the next four or five years,” Jones told ESPN. “That’s a fact. You won’t see a decision on draft day that will fly in the face of not believing, from our standpoint, that he’ll be our quarterback for four or five years.”

That sure sounds like Jones is saying the Cowboys won’t use the fourth overall pick on a quarterback, as some expect them to do. At the same time, Jones acknowledged he might be tempted to take Cal quarterback Jared Goff or North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.

“When you’ve got this high a pick and you have the circumstances we’re in right now with where we are as a team and with the quarterback, you’ve got to look at what’s available to us for sure and knowing that with these qualities of picks you can get some contributions, immediate contributions and should be significant with where that is,” Jones said. “I couldn’t tell you today at all how we might make the decision. This is one of those that might not be made until we’re down to the last 10 seconds on the clock.”

So Romo is the Cowboys’ quarterback for the foreseeable future. But a 2016 first-round draft pick might be Romo’s backup.

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62 Responses to “Jerry Jones: Romo is the Cowboys’ quarterback for 4-5 years”
  1. fracdj says: Feb 28, 2016 6:30 AM

    I wish Vegas would lay odds on Romo and the length of time Al Davis, I mean Jerry Jones, said he will be the Cowboys QB. I would be able to retire. If there are any takers, lets get our lawyers together and set something up.
    I live in the DFW area and NOBODY believes that

  2. fracdj says: Feb 28, 2016 6:33 AM

    I should have said, “NOBODY in the sports MEDIA believes that to be true.”

  3. dawsonleery says: Feb 28, 2016 6:41 AM

    I’m sure the rest of that division will have no problem with Dallas passing on a potential franchise QB.

  4. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 28, 2016 6:53 AM

    There are no franchise QB’s in this year’s draft. Romo is a top five QB with agility and the quickest release in the NFL, keep him as long as he can play

  5. jam11163 says: Feb 28, 2016 6:59 AM

    Until he breaks another collarbone.

  6. najacoo22 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:08 AM

    I believe Jerry meant to say “Romo’s backup”

  7. 2manyconcussions says: Feb 28, 2016 7:12 AM

    I’m sure Romo will be happy to collect a paycheck for that long. Not sure the fans will be too happy given he only plays a few games a year healthy.

  8. hawk3a1 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:14 AM

    Proof that Jones has lost his mind!

  9. tommyribs says: Feb 28, 2016 7:23 AM

    I am not a Cowboys fan, but I actually like Tony Romo. He is a class act, and a hell of a QB.

    Tony is one normal hit away on his back or his collarbone to being done forever.

    I know every QB is one vicious hit away from being done forever, but Tony is a plain old hit away.

  10. loumann says: Feb 28, 2016 7:25 AM

    Lol. Ya cant beat father time and he was never that strong to begin with.

  11. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 28, 2016 7:26 AM

    He can’t really believe that…can he?

  12. mwdverof250 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:27 AM

    Smoke screen.

  13. smokehouse56 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:31 AM

    Stick with him, PLEASE!!! signed: the rest of the NFL East

  14. 6ball says: Feb 28, 2016 7:51 AM

    .
    I believe him. I’m not sure what he said, but I believe him as much as any personnel guy weeks before the draft.
    .

  15. officialgame says: Feb 28, 2016 7:52 AM

    Bender is his middle name.

  16. nflrule says: Feb 28, 2016 7:58 AM

    With all those playoff victories Romo has why wouldn’t you want him to lead your franchise!

  17. wallabear says: Feb 28, 2016 8:00 AM

    ugh. stop it.

  18. samuraisword51 says: Feb 28, 2016 8:05 AM

    Let’s categorize this as pre-draft posturing, shall we? Romo hasn’t started all 16 games since 2012. Anybody want to argue for the notion that Tony is NOT on the physical decline?

  19. ninjapleazee says: Feb 28, 2016 8:09 AM

    sure Jerruh…. Just like how Hardy is a team leader.

  20. norseyapper says: Feb 28, 2016 8:12 AM

    Which tells you that Jerry is still under the opinion that last year was just bad luck and they are maybe one very good D-lineman away from being a Super Bowl contender.

    He is absolutely correct about Romo from an age standpoint, and maybe the plate in his collarbone will solve that issue. However, when you have a starting QB with his back problems you’d best get someone in the bullpen up and ready.

  21. jerruhjones says: Feb 28, 2016 8:14 AM

    Jerruh is delusional and needs to hire a real GM.

  22. nyneal says: Feb 28, 2016 8:14 AM

    Jerruh Jones is the funniest stand up comedian on the planet.
    Tony Romo is a nice guy and has been a good QB when he’s healthy. But it’s obvious he can’t stay healthy any longer. Obvious to everyone but Jones, of course.
    But all of us who dislike the Cowboys love him. We love the fact that he was so arrogant, he fired a guy who built a dynasty for him and has done nothing but screw it up since those Jimmy Johnson players retired.
    Jones is so dumb, he probably listens to Michael Irvin.
    Keep up the great work, Jerruh. It’s a better league when the Cowboys lose!

  23. dirtydrynn27 says: Feb 28, 2016 8:22 AM

    Last Place again!

  24. emmitt22bates40 says: Feb 28, 2016 8:26 AM

    Come on Jerry you’re killing me..

  25. barrymichaels61 says: Feb 28, 2016 8:36 AM

    Translated means we hope to have a new starting QB by opening day.

  26. filmex2000 says: Feb 28, 2016 8:41 AM

    As long as Jerry is still playing GM for that period = No Superbowls.

  27. jets4everandever says: Feb 28, 2016 8:46 AM

    Let me tell you something.. jerry Jones is the worst owner in football..and what’s gonna happen is he is gonna run Romo in the ground bout 10 yrs from now.. Romo is gonna be coming out at half time in a wheelchair on the field in Dallas to except a award.. and he gonna be all beat up and can’t walk nomore or nothing..and it’s gonna be because jerry Jones ran him straight into the ground.. used him all up till there nothing left..watch I’m telling you cowboy fans..jerry Jones don’t care about romo health he just wants to get what he can get out of him..

  28. baldbuc says: Feb 28, 2016 8:47 AM

    Awesome! … says every Cowboys hater.

  29. givemethehighgear says: Feb 28, 2016 8:56 AM

    This is further proof that Jerry World suffers from a Steve Jobs-ish Reality Distortion Field…except without the smashing successes of Steve Jobs.

  30. mysterytonite says: Feb 28, 2016 8:56 AM

    Jones is either playing everyone to throw them off the scent of what Dallas will do draft day or he is totally delusional. Romo might have 4-5 years left…..to live. That man has been so beaten up over his career it’s sickening. Jones can say all he wants that Tony didn’t play until he was 27 but still, he has really had some bad luck with injuries. I mean, who breaks the same collar bone twice? He is a warrior and has had a great career for the most part but the writing is on the wall, he might have another year or two at best. Personally, I think it’s his last year.

  31. sidepull says: Feb 28, 2016 8:58 AM

    No way. He will be a joke in 5 years by the time they get done beating him to a pulp.

  32. eagles1960 says: Feb 28, 2016 9:03 AM

    Translation. “He’s not”

  33. whatjusthapped says: Feb 28, 2016 9:30 AM

    The biggest obstacle between the Cowboys and a Superbowl win is not Romo, or Romo’s back up, or even the talent on the Cowboys, its Jerry Jones.

    Long live Jerry Jones!

  34. yooperman says: Feb 28, 2016 9:33 AM

    Don’t pick a QB Jerry, chances are you will have a higher pick next year.

  35. therealraider says: Feb 28, 2016 9:46 AM

    Jerry Jones’ infatuation with Tony Romo is kinda creepy.

  36. bocabob12 says: Feb 28, 2016 9:46 AM

    Jerry….get your guts in gear, admit you have a first class problem, and move on from romo… Seriously, this guy is brittle and cant play a full season, let alone 3-4 more in the playoffs.. and he won’t get you to the big prize of all… It ain’t rocket science.

  37. vetdana says: Feb 28, 2016 9:47 AM

    I cannot believe the number of commenters that reject the
    idea that Romo is about ready to go down for the count !
    Look at his Past History !…If he is with the Cowboys 5 more years, it will be as a very High payed Cheerleader, on the sideline, who is laughing all the way to the Bank ! Folks !
    Tony breaks too easy ! db

  38. coloradofort says: Feb 28, 2016 10:03 AM

    Nobody believes that….Jerry was misquoted, he meant to say Romo will be our QB for at least 4-5 weeks next season…..

  39. loumann says: Feb 28, 2016 10:13 AM

    Trump asks Jerry to run as his Vice President…..wacko 1 and wacko 2!

  40. davidjrjr says: Feb 28, 2016 10:27 AM

    Delusional, the man is Delusional, 4-5 years, LMAO!!!
    The fact that any “GM” would verbalize a plan that includes having 38-40 old QB leading your
    team is just INSANE!!!

    AND plz don’t reply with any P. Manning rational.

  41. the610limited says: Feb 28, 2016 10:31 AM

    Keep drinkin’, Jerry.

  42. greenbaychicksarefat says: Feb 28, 2016 10:36 AM

    My 5 yr old daughter has a stonger collarbone than Porcelain Tony.

  43. mongo3401 says: Feb 28, 2016 10:37 AM

    If you break your collar bone that many times, maybe your body is trying to tell you something ? Not a cowboy or Romo hater. Man has made his money and would make a very good at showing a new guy the ropes.

  44. armchairqb says: Feb 28, 2016 10:54 AM

    If Jerry thinks the fragile Romo can make it more than two more seasons, he’s more delusional than we all suspected.

  45. reprob8 says: Feb 28, 2016 10:57 AM

    Jerry Jones spouted nonsense about Greg Hardy & didn’t care if the world knew it and called him on it. He isn’t about to say anything publicly that could indicate his actual intentions. The Cowboys are likely actively looking for a QB in the draft.

    Jones has made bad decisions since buying the Cowboys, including the latest QB decisions, but he knows that his team needs to get a back up for Romo. Whether it’ll be the right choice is a crap shoot.

  46. curmudgeon13 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:01 AM

    Thank You, Jerruh!…..

  47. rudy7088 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:02 AM

    Jerry Jones = fiddle player
    Cowboys haters = really large fiddle

    Claws out and insults prepared and just enough inferences to being drunk to keep the “LOL’s” relative within the thread.

    Sheep, sheep, sheep. Yeah, he’s crazy…like a fox! $4-5B net worth and literally moved a NFL team back to Los Angeles because he wanted one there. I’d sign up for that dementia any day!

    Just remember that there is a sucker in every room you walk into…if you can’t pick him out, it’s probably you.

    Enjoy the fiddle music!

  48. Patch24680 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:03 AM

    I have a picture in my mind of Romo in a full body cast (with the number 9 drawn on it in magic marker or crayon), propped up and leaning against the bench. And whenever the offense takes the field, the whole O-line just carries him out there and stands him up behind center! LOL!

    Oh, Jerry…..you’re STILL a constant source of amusement!!!!!!!!!

  49. fmckenney says: Feb 28, 2016 11:08 AM

    He could be there 10 more years if you want him throwing ducks like Peyton…two years tops.

  50. vikingf0rlife says: Feb 28, 2016 11:25 AM

    The Cowboys are such a disaster, never have been, never will be America’s team.

    They ranked dead last in the USA Today’s top and most loyal fan bases in the NFL. #32 DEAD LAST, which means they are the biggest wagon jumper fan base in the NFL.

  51. xxbarklikeadogxx says: Feb 28, 2016 11:26 AM

    Sadly, Jerry lives in Jerry’s World where Romo is a first ballot HOFer and the Cowboys are going to the SB every year. How quickly he has filled the role of his deceased very good friend, Al Davis. Scary but ranks high on the laugh meter.

  52. cinzano08 says: Feb 28, 2016 11:32 AM

    Jones worst gm in pro sports.

  53. nhpats says: Feb 28, 2016 11:37 AM

    4512dawg4512 says:
    Feb 28, 2016 6:53 AM
    There are no franchise QB’s in this year’s draft. Romo is a top five QB with agility and the quickest release in the NFL, keep him as long as he can play
    ———-
    In what universe is Romo a top-5 QB? The guy has won 2 playoff games in his entire career.

  54. bondlake says: Feb 28, 2016 11:46 AM

    JJ is a narcissistic Old Fool.

    Having said this, please live forever. Your legacy will to make a fool out of yourself every time you open your trap.

  55. bert1913 says: Feb 28, 2016 12:05 PM

    long live Jerry

  56. tremoluxman says: Feb 28, 2016 12:05 PM

    Texas math:

    Romo + (4 or 5 years) = (Jones * Delusional)

  57. elevandoo says: Feb 28, 2016 12:23 PM

    Crazy. Draft a franchise QB who can sit a year or two and try not to have a top 10 pick for another 10 years or so. It’s obvious.

  58. TheWizard says: Feb 28, 2016 12:43 PM

    Can’t stay on the field.

    Cowboys inexplicable loyalty to him will probably cost them a few more years of competitiveness.

  59. bryantrulen says: Feb 28, 2016 1:29 PM

    good luck with that. matt cassel, kellen moore, bandon weeded, josh vaughn you guys have made elite backup QB decisions lol

  60. captainwhodat says: Feb 28, 2016 1:48 PM

    …aerosmith had a hit tune called dream on…applies to your thought process on Romo…

  61. thegonz13 says: Feb 28, 2016 2:59 PM

    Boys and girls, in case you plan on being a G.M. when you grow up, make a note to yourselves: this is NOT how you plan for the future. You don’t keep a guy who breaks in half just by staring at him as the focal point of your organization.

    And no, Cowboy fans, this is NOT a smokescreen. Trust me on this. Based on past statements or draft moves he made -any statement or draft move, take your pick- you just know Jerrah just isn’t smart enough to come up with a smokescreen!

  62. jpaq68 says: Feb 29, 2016 8:51 AM

    Jerry’s kids need to put him in a home

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