Back in March, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones opted to award quarterback Tony Romo a deal that was unprecedented in Cowboys’ history. It was a six year extension, worth $108 million--$55 million of which is guaranteed.
Jones never wavered in his defense of the deal, saying openly that he believes Romo gives Dallas the best shot at reaching the Super Bowl for the first time in almost two decades.
“When you have a player of his skills at his position, you don’t have issues with that kind of commitment,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We believe, I believe, Tony gives us an opportunity to compete at the highest level. His career, five years is 60 months and in my mind you can hold your breath for 60 months. I didn’t have any problem making that kind of commitment.”
Romo was honored by that commitment, but it wasn’t the most breath-taking moment of his career, in terms of finances. That designation goes to his first ever deal with Dallas, back when he was far from the top of the depth chart.
“I signed one when I first got into the league, and this is my third. It's a great thing that the team believes in you and they think you're the guy that will take them where they want to go,” Romo said, per ESPN Dallas. “It makes you work and get to a point where you can bring everybody a Super Bowl. I don't think I'll ever have a bigger signing day than when I first got to the NFL. I didn't even understand what hundreds of thousands of dollars was. When that came about, I was like, ‘Well, I can retire tomorrow, I have $100,000. I'll be able to do whatever I want to do.’ That was still the biggest.”
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