Rashad TaylorMiami, Fl
This one has really been on my mind recently, as well. This is an issue that the Cowboys ownership and front office and I have our biggest disagreement on. Why, when there is no performance reason to do so, do you sign up Romo for another 6-year extension?
The answer falls in the "same as it ever was" bin. They aren't doing it for performance at all. The Cowboys are seemingly about to make Romo a rich, rich man (again) because they need to do it.
Romo is already hitting the cap for approximately $16.8m in 2013 and then would be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season. So, as you can see, you cannot restructure a player with only 1-year left on his deal, so the only way to move money out of 2013 to facilitate other moves on the roster, they have to extend him.
Assuming you have read the news all weekend about Joe Flacco's deal (6-years, $120 million), you can see the going rate for a free agent QB of quality. So, I am guessing, to alleviate the 2013 crush, they just lock him up for 5-years, $90 million, with I would bet $45 guaranteed and put the problem off for down the road.
And if you think that is causing discomfort for a guy who had a most unfortunate 3-interception game in a win-and-you-are-in game in Week 17 in Washington, then we have different definitions of discomfort.
So, basically, what Rashad is proposing is the same thing I have said a time or two.
What would be so bad about not doing anything for Romo's deal and let him play out 2013? The NFL has put the franchise tag in place for just this situation and the Saints and Ravens have just used it on their Quarterbacks.
Why wouldn't the Cowboys even consider making Romo play for his cash with a great 2013 and to draft a QB in the 3rd round to cover themselves if he has a poor 2013?
Because they need him to take the extension. This will allow them to be players in free agency if they can roll his cap number back from $16.8 in year one to $6m or $7m like Flacco just did. Get a huge bonus that is evenly pro-rated and the team has another $10m in cap space.
Make no mistake about this. They are not doing Romo a favor here - they are trying to once again fix their own issues.
It is beyond backwards thinking that keeps the Cowboys in this perpetual state of salary cap credit card chaos.
I wanted to get your take on restructuring underachieving, overpaid players like Austin Ratliff livings bernadeu scandrick cook (cook?!?!) and increasing their cap hits down the road.
Shouldn't these names be looked as cuts and not a "bigger" commitment.
Is this Jerry's way of saying look at how much I spend on this team, I expect results.