The news that the Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo have agreed to a six-year contract extension was met with an interesting reaction from one of Romo’s former NFC East counterparts.
Donovan McNabb, who quarterbacked teams that faced Romo’s Cowboys several times with the Eagles (and once with the Redskins), took to Twitter to say that he doesn’t think Romo deserves the kind of money he got, which is reportedly a contract that has six additional years, a total value of $108 million in new money, and $55 million guaranteed.
“Wow really, with one playoff win,” McNabb wrote. “You got to be kidding me.”
McNabb is right that Romo has been the starter for just one playoff win for the Cowboys — a record that falls far short of what the Eagles did with McNabb at the helm. McNabb started 16 playoff games for the Eagles, who went 9-7 in those games.
But McNabb of all people should also know that these contracts aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be: In 2010, McNabb signed what his agent called a five-year contract extension worth $78 million, with about $40 million guaranteed, with the Redskins. As it turned out, McNabb saw only a small fraction of that alleged $40 million guaranteed: He was benched less than a month after signing that contract, he accepted a massive pay cut just eight months later as part of his trade to the Vikings, and he was out of the NFL by the end of the following season.
So Romo may not make all the money he’s allegedly guaranteed to make on this new contract. But it’s certainly safe to say he’ll make more money than McNabb made on that last Redskins contract.