The Associated Press is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys have given right tackle Marc Colombo a four-year contract extension.
Apparently, Colombo’s deal was agreed to weeks ago, but wasn’t finalized until Wednesday because of some technicalities. It’s worth $22 million, with $11.5 million guaranteed.
With Colombo signed, it means that nearly all of Tony Romo’s blockers will be together through 2012.
Colombo was a first-round pick by Chicago in 2002, but hurt his knee and never lived up to expectations. He was cut in 2005, then signed by Dallas. Parcells gave him the rest of the season off to rehabilitate the knee so he could come back strong in ’06. He made the starting lineup and hasn’t come out since.
“I love being a Dallas Cowboy,” said Colombo, who would’ve been a free agent after this season. “This is where I got my second chance and I just love being part of this team, being part of this offensive line. We’re all connected together and we’re here for a little bit, so it’s a big deal for me.”
The timing of this was pretty strange, but I’m glad Colombo will be a part of the team for the next few seasons.