Cowboys, Romo agree on 6-year, $108M extension

Tony Romo has a chance to start for the Dallas Cowboys longer

than Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman. The question is whether he will

ever match their Super Bowl pedigrees.

Romo signed a six-year contract extension worth $108 million

Friday, with about half of that guaranteed to make him the

highest-paid player in franchise history.

The agreement, reported on the team’s website, will lower the

quarterback’s salary cap number for 2013 by about $5 million,

giving the team more room to sign free agents and draft picks.

Romo, who turns 33 next month and was entering the final year of

his contract, gets $55 million guaranteed.

Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco got $52 million guaranteed in the

six-year, $120.6 million contract he signed with Baltimore earlier

this month.

”I think it’s just exciting more than anything that you know

you’re going to be here the rest of my career,” Romo said in a

video on the team’s website that showed owner Jerry Jones

exchanging high-fives with Romo’s nearly 1-year-old son. ”We’re a

team on the rise and I think it’s going to show here going

forward.”

Romo could be with Dallas through 2019, giving him a chance to

be the starter longer than the 11 seasons of Aikman and seven of

Staubach, who was a part-time starter his first four years with the

Cowboys.

Aikman and Staubach won five Super Bowls between them, while

Romo has just one playoff win in six full seasons as the starter.

He had a gut-wrenching playoff loss the year he took over midseason

in 2006, flubbing the hold after driving the Cowboys into position

for the go-ahead field goal in the final minutes.

Romo alluded to changes ”behind the scenes” in the interview

on the team’s website, and Jones said in a statement that his

quarterback will have ”a significant level of input and

contribution to the planning and implementing of our offensive

approach – both in the meeting room and on the field.”

”Tony is uniquely qualified to lead this team at the

quarterback position for the next several years,” Jones said. ”He

knows how to run an offense and run a team.”

Romo lost playoff-or-bust games in regular-season finales the

past two years. That included a loss to Washington last season when

Romo threw an interception with a chance to tie or win the game

with a drive in the final 3 minutes.

A former Romo rival, Donovan McNabb, questioned the deal on

Twitter.

”Wow really, with one playoff win,” McNabb wrote. ”You got to

be kidding me.”

Dez Bryant, who teamed with Romo for career highs of 1,382

receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, tweeted, ”Congrats Big

Tony on the contract extension.”

Romo is the franchise leader in touchdown passes and the

single-season leader in touchdowns, passing yards, completions and

attempts. He had a career-high 4,903 passing yards in 2012 but

matched his highest interception total at 19 and had his lowest

quarterback rating at 90.5 rating.

His best rating of 102.5 came in 2011, when the Cowboys lost to

the New York Giants with a playoff berth on the line in the finale.

His other best season was 2009, which included his only playoff win

against Philadelphia.