Tony Romo Reworks Deal, Frees Up $13 Million
The Dallas Cowboys were suddenly strapped for cash, and now thanks to quarterback Tony Romo, they’re not. Per reports, the star franchise passer agreed to a restructuring of his contract that will end up saving the ‘Boys roughly $13 million.
Romo’s restructuring couldn’t come at a better time, as the Cowboys franchise tagged wide receiver Dez Bryant and want to work out a new long-term deal, while the team also just brought back linebacker Rolando McClain.
The team isn’t and arguably can’t be done there, however, which undoubtedly is why Romo was asked to move things around in his current deal. That move will naturally ignite speculation that the Cowboys would be in the process of a big move, potentially one involving Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Dallas let expensive free agent running back DeMarco Murray walk once he hit the open market, seemingly unwilling to pay top dollar to an often injured rusher that just paced the league in carries. Peterson, on the other hand, though now 30 years old, sat out 15 games a year ago and would come in with fresh legs and a chip on his shoulder.
There’s no guarantee Peterson is a lock to be traded to Dallas, but if the Cowboys were remotely close to a deal, Romo’s financial maneuvering could at least now make it more of a possibility.
Peterson or not, the Cowboys should be in a much better position to make a play on some other free agents moving forward, as well as extending some current players on their roster.
Romo is clearly doing the team a solid by changing up his deal, but with the money likely to be converted to more of a “signing” bonus, he’s still going to be getting paid. There’s no reason he shouldn’t, either, as Romo enjoyed a great 2014, in which he tossed 34 touchdowns to just nine interceptions and helped the Cowboys advance to the Divisional round of the NFC playoffs. By moving some money around in his contract, he could be playing a helping hand in getting Dallas even further come next season.
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