While it is a bit too early to decide whether or not to take the Cowboys in any NFL odds for 2012, we can start to discuss the possibility of Dallas either extending Romo’s contract, or letting him walk after his final year. Technically, Romo is signed through 2016, however, the Cowboys restructured his deal, and the final three seasons can be void because of it. If that indeed holds true, Romo will only be a Cowboy through this season, unless they work out an extension.
I know Cowboys fans are split on this, considering Romo hasn’t had the postseason success that most would have hoped for. However, Romo is still a top 10 quarterback, and his numbers do not lie. He was top five in almost every offensive category last season, and throughout his career, he has put up solid numbers.
In 2011, Romo threw for over 4100 yards and had 31 touchdowns to just ten interceptions. This is almost certainly his best season ever.
I know what you are thinking, what about the playoff loss to Seattle, or his countless golf outings when he “should,” be thinking about football? It’s no denying that Romo enjoys the life of being an NFL QB. A lot of NFL quarterbacks do. The only difference between him and Tom Brady is a little talent and a few Super Bowl rings.
I fully believe the Cowboys should work out an extension for Romo. He is better than anyone Dallas could bring in to win right away, considering their window with DeMarcus Ware and others are closing. Romo may never win a Super Bowl, but he is closer than any rookie they draft, anyone else on their roster, or any one they could bring in with a big contract. He is 32 years old, but he never saw the field until his fourth season, so he is still fresh. Either way, Dallas needs Romo as much as Romo needs Dallas.
Training Camp Briefs
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is one of the NFL’s true Iron Men and he spoke to DMN’s Steve Dennis about his 64 consecutive games played streak.
I’m blessed. My work ethic was instilled in me at a very young age. Just that grinder’s mentality to stay humbled and stay focused at the same time. … Football didn’t become a part of my life, I didn’t have the light bulb go off over my head until the 11 grade. I played basketball my whole life, but it kind of hit me – would you rather be a 6-foot point guard or a 6-foot corner? So football was my ticket out of Flint, Michigan. I’ve just been blessed in my career to stay healthy and be available to the coach whenever they call my number.
Carr told Dennis that his goal is to become the best cornerback in the NFL, point blank, and to “get some Super Bowls on the way.”
If you were giving out awards for who has the biggest chip on his shoulder in training camp, Jason Witten wins in a landslide. In his 10th training camp with the Cowboys pro-bowl tight end is done being Mr. Nice Guy.
“I’m just being sick and tired. Sick and tired of what happens to our team season after season. Sick and tired, actually, of all the talking. Forget the public comments about what we think we can do this season, or what we will do. By now, after all these seasons, the talking is hollow. Shut up, and let’s go out and see if we can put up. It’s time, obviously, for us to put up.”
ESPN’s Dan Graziano, who was very critical of Cowboys third-round pick Tyrone Crawford, is starting to see the light and is finally coming around after saying Crawford would have no value to the team this season.
“Watching him in drills against the likes of Tyron Smith – it’s easy to see how the Cowboys could indeed find a role for him this year as a situational pass-rusher in nickel or dime packages . . . So keep an eye out for how they deploy him on third downs. Could be that I was (hope you’re sitting down!) wrong about that one.”
Crawford has been one of the most impressive players in camp.
Four more days!