At some point, Cowboys may have a decision to make on Tony Romo

AP

Last year, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo played in only four games. This year, he could miss half the season, or more, with a back injury suffered on Thursday night in Seattle.

At some point, the Cowboys need to ask themselves whether Romo continues to be worth the money he makes, in light of his age, his injury history, and the likelihood of future injuries.

They may decide that Romo is worth it, and he may get the benefit of the doubt that comes from being the best quarterback in franchise history not named Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman. Then again, the Cowboys also may rip the “ROMO” off the back of the jersey make a business decision about a player who, in the last two years, isn’t providing much of a return on his investment.

Via Spotrac.com, Romo is due to make $8.5 million this year, $14 million in 2017, $19.5 million in 2018, and $20.5 million in 2019. Apart from the cash commitments, the cap number becomes a very important consideration.

For now, the total cap hit for cutting Romo still exceeds the current-year cap charge for keeping him. As of next year, however, it flips. In 2017, keeping Romo results in a $24.6 million cap charge, dumping him triggers a total cap charge of $19.6 million, which the Cowboys could spread over two years. In 2018, the gap becomes even more significant, with a $25.2 million hit to keep Romo and only $8.9 million in dead money from cutting him.

Regardless, then, of the number of years Romo intends to continue to play, at some point the Cowboys will need to ask whether they want him to continue to play, and the dollars and cap hits will be a factor in that assessment — especially in 2018. Perhaps the biggest factor will be the team’s alternatives at the position. That makes Dak Prescott’s performance during Romo’s 6-10 week absence even more important.

45 responses to “At some point, Cowboys may have a decision to make on Tony Romo

  1. If he does miss 8 games this year it means that at that point he will have played in 34 out of a total of 56 (60%) regular season games since signing his $119 million seven year deal. At the very least the Cowboys will ask him to take a pay cut next year. The size of that pay cut could be dependent on how Dak does.

  2. Again, dead money is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is cap space. Dead money just tells you your GM has overspent on old players

  3. Time to move on Cowpokes.

    The very brittle Tony Romo has seen his best days go by and his future looks like many stints on the injured list.

  4. This all depends upon how Dak plays. If he can perform at a high level, then we’re seeing a Bledsoe/Brady situation. Tony Romo has been the best player the Cowboys have had since the 90’s but the damage he’s sustained is starting to take it’s toll and the end is indeed coming soon. We love you, Tony, start thinking about the rest of your life. You’ve given your all and we thank you.

  5. Keep up the fragile narrative because it fits your little thought out pre conceived idea. Like a national reporter who knows nothing about a tram. Yes 2015 he played 4 games blue to the broke coller bone. 2014 15 games, 2013 15 games, 2012 16 games, 2011 16 games. Yup that screams fragile player.

  6. For as much flak as Romo has taken over the years, he has carried what has been for the most part a very mediocre supporting cast in Dallas and has been one of the best QBs in the league overy the last 10 years.

    He has nothing to prove. I think it’s time for him to retire, or he’s going to become one of those sad stories of former players who can barely walk in just a few years.

  7. It’s quite clear that, assuming Dak does well,the best time to cut or for Romo to retire is after the 2017 season. He gets some more money and the Cowboys are in an ok position in terms of capspace and dead money. That’s also enough time for Romo to pass his knowledge to Dak and serve as a backup especially next year. Romo has 2 more seasons max.

  8. thirdand43 says:
    Aug 28, 2016 10:05 AM
    Romo must have some incriminating photographs of Jerrah. That’s all I can come up with.

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    Um, doesn’t the internet have all of the incriminating photos of Jerry that we need?

  9. cowboyinpawleys says:
    Aug 28, 2016 10:26 AM
    Keep up the fragile narrative because it fits your little thought out pre conceived idea. Like a national reporter who knows nothing about a tram. Yes 2015 he played 4 games blue to the broke coller bone. 2014 15 games, 2013 15 games, 2012 16 games, 2011 16 games. Yup that screams fragile player.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    He has played well in the past, but he has become too brittle. As the saying goes, “You can’t make the club from the tub.”

  10. A great player and respected team player. Romo never gives excuses but simply goes back to work. Unfortunately if not injuries, time ends all playing careers. You’ve had your share of injuries and played a long time now. Time to think of your and your families future. I wish you the best…..

  11. Again, dead money is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is cap space. Dead money just tells you your GM has overspent on old players
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    What are you talking about? Dead money counts against the cap and directly effects how much cap space you have. It just doesn’t count in that year’s cash outlay, because the money has already been paid by the club.

  12. I have never really understood Jerrah’s obsessive belief that Romo possesses some type of supernatural ability to produce championships and play forever….

  13. you all know he’s coming back right? probably a lot sooner than most of you think. As good as Dak has looked (and he has), and will probably be more than ok with 77, 71, 72, 70, 68, 82, 88, 83, 11, and 21 (46 and 25) on the field with him while Romo is injured. number 9 is not going away at least not until 2018, much to the disdain of the nfc east, which Tony is 14-5 since 2012. quick math, out of possible 24 games ( 6 per year X 4 years), Tony has played 19 games and won 14 of them. lets not write the final chapter on this guy just yet, although time is running out.

  14. They’re nuts if the they think Prescott is the answer right now. Come opening weekend he’s going to see defenses to make his head spin. They will have to pick up a journeyman qb for stability . Prescott might be future . He’s not the present. Romo? He’s toast. Cut your losses Jerruh.

  15. Apparently Florio has never heard of Don Meredith or Craig Morton. Both easily better than Romo.

    In related news, as a Redskins fan I hope Jerry Jones never fires his GM!

  16. “being the best quarterback in franchise history not named Roger Staubach or Troy AIkman”

    and Gary Hogeboom and Quincy Carter and Danny White, maybe Kitna

  17. In light of the nature of his recent injuries, Romo may have to make the toughest decision a pro athlete ever has to make – that his health is more important than playing football.

  18. Interesting insight by former QB David Carr he pretty much suffered the indentical injury albeit he was younger than Romo. He said he was able to play after 3 weeks but it took home another 3/4 weeks to get velocity back on his throws. If Cowboys can play .500 ball and Romo can come back and maybe take them deep into the playoffs- I think that will be enough for Cowboys management to hold on to him. Anything less they will be forced to release him.

  19. Too early to be making assumptions of someone else’s career. When the Dr says he is ready to play, best believe he will be back in the game. If Dak plays well these couple of games, the cowboys will have a player to develop. When Romo comes back, Dak will go back to the clip board and learn from a top tier QB.

  20. Romo is done, yes. However, Owner Jones is obsessed with this guy because he’s forever marketing the QB position for jersey and ticket sales. Plus, it gives GM Jones a convenient excuse for the Cowboys pathetic seasons. When they finish 5-11 this season, he can just cite Romo’s absence to mask his failures. So just look for more of this Romo garbage to continue through 2020.

  21. You would think that Jerry Jones would suggest to Romo to consider his current and future health and retire.. Cap issues are not as important as a players health…might have mentioned that in this article.

  22. Any evaluation of Romo will have to include what the current options are. Let’s say he misses 8 weeks with this injury, likely to be 6-7 games. At that point you should have a pretty good idea of Dak’s progression. And no, it’s very unlikely Dak will take his job this season, but you should be able to see if he is the guy you hope he is. Also keep in mind, Romo has guarantee money sprinkled all over his contract. It’s most likely Romo comes back and plays this season and it’s likely he is the guy next season. 2018 though, could be a decision year.

  23. Don’t like the Cowboys, but I do not want to see Tony Romo
    get seriously hurt. This is his 4th major skeletal injury in 3 years.

    Tony, you seem like too nice a guy. Walk away while you still can.

  24. Best line in football? How come we never see Brady or Rodgers or even stafford taking these brutal hits? And I agree. The beginning of the end of the romo era is upon us

  25. Guess you forgot that awful stretch we had from Aikman to Tony.
    He’s not going anywhere until we can get a proven QB. It would be sweet if Daks the man but we’ve never had it that easy. Odds are against us and with Tony even in little
    spurts of time if need be. Go #9! Good luck Dak.

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