Unsurprisingly, Tony Romo’s recent six-year, $108 million mega contract extension brought about familiar criticism. Romo became the richest player in Dallas’ illustrious history, but many fans and media types questioned if he was worth that kind of money.
Phil Simms seems to think so.
In an appearance on SiriusXM Radio Tuesday, the former Giants quarterback defended the current Cowboys signal-caller and his hefty payday.
“I think it was a good signing by the Cowboys,” Simms said, via the Dallas Morning News. “If they wouldn’t have signed him and he became a free agent, everybody says, ‘Oh, just let him go.’ My God, there would’ve been teams doing cartwheels trying to get him. I think everybody in the league realizes the talent. I read some things that people said about Tony Romo.
Simms continued: “The Dallas Cowboys were probably a 4-12, 6-10 team last year and he was at least fighting to get them into the playoffs to the last game of the year. Now, we’ve all of a sudden created a new stat for Tony Romo, elimination games. We don’t say it about any other quarterback, but elimination games for Tony Romo because it sounds a lot better. ‘We can get more losses on that column.’
“But the guy is an unbelievable talent. And he had very little help at times in Dallas last year. If they get the team around him and the talent level hasn’t decreased, I think he really became a man and took over the Dallas Cowboys last year. And all that playoff stuff and everything, it doesn’t bother me at all. Let’s put it this way, if I was a head coach or owner or general manager, I would feel really good if Tony Romo was my quarterback and if he was out there I’d take him in a second and put my future on the line with him.”
Much of what Simms said is true, that Romo would’ve landed a comparable contract on the open market as one of the NFL’s top-ten QBs. Because it was the Cowboys and Jerry Jones, who’s infamous for overpaying his players, the transaction was predictably put under the microscope.
However, many of Romo’s detractors point to statistics. The 33-year-old’s record over the last three years is just 17-21, and he hasn’t led Big D to the playoffs since the 2009 season, his lone playoff victory.
Romo has accumulated uncanny support from fellow quarterbacks — Simms and Troy Aikman to name a few. But the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately?” league, and judgments are made from results, not potential. Until Romo starts winning on a consistent basis, criticism will continue to mount.