Tony Romo would have taken a pay cut for DeMarco Murray


The Cowboys weren’t going to pay DeMarco Murray what he thought he was worth.

But Murray’s friend Tony Romo said he was willing to take less than he was worth to keep him.

DeMarco ended up asking me, ‘Why don’t you take a pay cut?‘” Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, via Todd Archer of “I was like, ‘I will. I will take a pay cut to go do this.’ I was like, ‘They’re going to restructure me and the whole thing,’ that’s the same thing in some ways just for salary-cap purposes. He was like, ‘OK, now we’re back to being friends.’ ‘You’re really worried about me? I would take $5 million less if it meant getting you back’. He knew that.”

If one of the conditions of friendship is sacrificing your own salary so someone else can get more, it might explain why I don’t have so many (OK, maybe that’s not the only reason).

But the Cowboys never asked Romo to move off the $17 million he’s due this year in any effort to keep the league’s leading rusher.

Instead, they stood on a four-year, $24 million offer to Murray, who eventually signed a five-year, $42 million deal with the Eagles.

That principle and fiscal responsibility is admirable, but it’ll be interesting to see if they value the running back position thus if, say, an Adrian Peterson became available.

19 responses to “Tony Romo would have taken a pay cut for DeMarco Murray

  1. “But the Cowboys never asked Romo to move off the $17 million he’s due this year in any effort to keep the league’s leading rusher.”

    And Tony never brought it up to them? Hmmmmm. Easy to say you will take a pay cut …following through is a bit tougher

  2. Thanks for sharing this snippet, Tony but it’s a bit late now. This should have been able to be resolved before Free Agency but clearly Jerry and Co didn’t want to pay DeMarco. They live with the consequences now.

  3. 6 years \ $24M was about right for Murray, the eagles will find out when he’s not as productive next season…and no Tony, in your case a restructure is not the same as a paycut, they’re giving you even more money upfront which increases your guaranteed amount of compensation…hate to lose DeMarco, but I like seeing the financial restraint, bring on Melvin Gordon

  4. They will have to exercise the clause that all0ws them to convert his base to bonus just so they can have enough cap room to handle the rookie, injury replacement, and odd FA signings they still need to take care of.

    A restructure would also have to account for the $44.9 million in dead money cancelling the current contract would create (franchise players don’t really take a pay-cut, they just have the money moved around).

  5. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

    Not even JJ would take an Eagles’s size gamble on a running back who carries the ball as much as Murray, nor would it be particularly advisable.

    But it might have been the ticket to a Super Bowl.

  6. I’ve never thought of Tony Romo as being somebody who was all about the money and wondered myself if he’d take a paycut to help their cap situation but what’s done is done and as hard as that was to get over and deal with I wish Demarco the best, just not against Dallas. Now that this tidbit is out I wonder if they’d let him take a paycut to work on D.

  7. Not like Romo went to management, he just assumed they would come to him. Big difference. Makes himself sound good when he didn’t even make the offer. Not the only player on the team that could have taken less so Murray could have stayed. Can you say Dez? Both are I players, not team players.

  8. It said nothing about a pay cut but a restructure in which he sacrifices nothing. So the gesture is hollow.

  9. Tony should have told him he would cut him a personal check if he signed for what the team was offering.

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