Tony Romo was Overpaid by the Dallas Cowboys: Inside the Numbers


Few names trigger the type of reaction when you say them in the middle of a group of sports fans like that of Tony Romo.

For whatever reason, the guys is a walking controversy. A large part of it is his position as Dallas Cowboys quarterback. Beyond that, he’s just a guy with which there is no middle ground. You love him or hate him. He’s good or he’s not. Quite simply, his name is a pile of fresh-cut firewood covered in gas, waiting to be ignited.

Jerry Jones tossed a lit match on that pile of wood last week when he signed Romo to a six-year, $108 million contract with $55 million worth of guaranteed cash.

The internet blew up and the battle was on. People came forward (myself included) to chastise the Cowboys. Others came to Romo and Jerry Jones’ defense, claiming that you have to pay your quarterback if you have a good one.

I don’t disagree with that notion, however, I strongly feel that Dallas overpaid Romo. I’m not going to sit here and spill my cuts about the disdain I have for Jerry Jones and how he operates. Instead, I’m going to toss out a few facts for you to think about as Tony Romo rests his head on a giant pile of money that you can’t begin to fathom.

– Tony Romo has started 99 games for the Cowboys. He’s thrown 91 interception in those starts. His 177 touchdown passes give him less than a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio. Nine quarterbacks were better than 2:1 in 2012. Five of those were better than 3:1. None were named Tony Romo.

– Romo has topped 30 touchdown passes twice during his 7 seasons as a starter. Same as Phillip Rivers — also a seven-year starter. Rivers has thrown 12 more touchdowns, one more interception and has two more playoff wins than Romo during those seven years.

– Drew Brees attempted 22 more passes than Romo in 2012 while throwing 15 more touchdowns and the same number of interceptions. Josh Freeman threw 90 less passes and only one less touchdown than Romo.

– In 2008, Aaron Rodgers’ first full year as a starter, his numbers (28 TDs, 13 INTs, 93.8 QBR) were equal to or better than Tony Romo’s 2012 stats( 28 TDs, 19 INTs, 90.5 QBR).

My point here is, YES, you need a quarterback. Yes, when you get a good one, you should pay him, not only for what he’s done but for what you think he can do. If Tony Romo’s first seven years are any indication of what his next seven will be like, I can only conclude that Jerry Jones must have Romo on lockdown in a high-stakes fantasy football keeper league that doesn’t penalize your quarterback for throwing interceptions.

I don’t care what position he plays or who at his position got paid what and when. No matter how you cut it, Tony Romo was overpaid by the Dallas Cowboys — one of a handful of professional sports franchises that would have gone out of business long ago in the real world where your survival is based on success and failure.




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8 thoughts on “Tony Romo was Overpaid by the Dallas Cowboys: Inside the Numbers

  1. April 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Who else are they going to get u tell me…. He’s the best option for the team and he had the leverage in terms of his contract I say to u and anybody who else would of done the same in his shoes….. Lastly what does it matter what all these other quarterbacks did or there stats would u call Dan Marino a bust since he won a Super Bowl

  2. Craig Bowden
    April 2, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Tony Romo is Jerry Jones’ answer to a non-drafted high-dollar gamble. You have to understand that JJ takes great pride in rolling the dice just as he did when he was in the oil business prior to buying the Cowboys. He gets his kicks by doing business in a splashy way. Jerry Jones wants to be the modern-day Howard Hughes in his against the establishment methodology just as he proved in prior years when he fired NFL Hall of Famers Tom Landry and blew-out Jimmy Johnson. Jerry Jones will be remembered by native Texans, like myself as an outsider who will never win the hearts of true-blooded native Texans for the fact that he is not a Texan and just doesn’t get the true spirit of those who love Texas and their football. You might consider calling him the mighty manipulator. He is more in the mold of JR Ewing than a legendary footballer. Give him a little more time and he will out-manuever himself. Tony Romo should be applauded for contriving to outwit the mighty manipulator out of all those millions despite what the public thinks. I believe that Romo will end -up just like his predessors Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman with a career-ending concussion for lack of proper protection from his throw-together offensive front! Jerry Jones will be remembered for the stadium he built and America’s Team that he tarnished!

  3. April 2, 2013 at 6:19 am

    NOMO ROMO, This guy has been here for seven years and he still makes bonehead plays. i.e. throwing 20 yard interceptions when need inches for a first down when the game is on the line, throwing interception when in the red zone, taking sacks when in field goal range. this guy is not the thinker we need at qb. Stats are good enough to play, but he is the game changer that makes the other team wins the big and close games. ( QB’s keep the chain moving, wear the other defense down by keeping them on the field. we have too many playmakers on offense to no makle this happen.) if you keep getting first downs soon enough you will cross into the endzone.

  4. April 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

    What “Cherry picking stat” hogwash, Teams win in the playoffs not QB’s give him a line and he can play with the best of them. it is obvious which side of the fence you are on… he has started a total of 5.8 seasons in the NFL. given that info… he is averaging ~4,400 yards per season at that Rate if we give him another 7 years would bring him up to almost 57K yards… not bad for a scrub in a total of 12.8yrs of starting… took Marino 17yrs of starting to get to 60k (how’s that for cherry picking)?

  5. April 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    You guys count career yards or rings down there in Big D?

    1. scott edgmand
      April 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      well we have 5 rings in dallas dumbass. find it hard to believe that anyone who writes in these columns thinks they know how to run a football team. when most cant even run there lives. its easy to hate on cowboys and romo. when your life sucks makes it easier to get through the day. so keep hating americas team noone cares what haters think or say

  6. SLH
    April 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Jerry Jones again proves without a doubt that he is the biggest “IDIOT” of all!!!!
    We have a saying in Texas; “We’re just one-owner short of a super bowl”!!!

  7. April 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    At J.P. Teams win Superbowls. that is plain and simple, to blame Romo for not getting into the playoffs more often is idiocy. I do agree that our GM is the problem or a big part of it… but all this ridicule of “lack of post season sucess” is Hogwash and undeserved.

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