At 37, he’s aged like classic American muscle, still full of horsepower and great detail. He’s on pace for record-breaking numbers, having racked up 16 flawless touchdowns, no interceptions, and a mind-boggling 138.0 passer rating at more than nine yards per attempt. Defenses haven’t had an answer for him thus far, but that doesn’t mean he’s indefensible.
Perhaps the only foe consistently stopping the Cowboys from having the most improsing fantasy offense are bones and muscles, and their ripping and breaking. Since all humans have bones and muscles, that’s a problem.
Tony Romo has been sacked 72 times over the past two seasons, a stretch in which the Cowboys’ offensive line has allowed the team’s quarterbacks to be hit 156 times. That’s a manageable but still high level of abuse, and it remains remarkable that Romo hasn’t missed a game since 2010, despite having to play through a punctured lung at one point.
Lungs are important, you know, because of that whole breathing deal, and nevermind the throwing bit that comes during the breathing process.
Two years ago, Dallas invested a first-round pick (ninth overall) in tackle Tyronn Smith. But Romo still endured three games this past season in which he was sacked four or more times, most notably a Week 11 win over Cleveland when he went down seven times, with the total lost yardage accounting for over half the field (56 yards).
So further reinforcements are needed among the large bodies tasked with protecting the man who was just given many shiny new dollars. We can expect a guard to be selected with the 18th overall pick then, right? But what happens if the top guards are gone by then?
The Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo have agreed to a 6-year contract extension that will make Romo the highest paid player in franchise history, according to Adam Schefter.
The deal is said to be worth $108 million. Ian Rapoport reports $55 million is guaranteed with a $25 million signing bonus. The deal will keep Romo in Dallas for seven seasons, with six years added to a deal that had one year remaining.
For some perspective:
Most guaranteed money in NFL history: Tom Brady, $57 million; Tony Romo, $55 million; Drew Brees, $55 million: Joe Flacco, $51 million.
In 2012, Calvin Johnson had one of the greatest seasons ever for a wide receiver. He caught 122 passes for 1,964 yards (a new single season record) and averaged 122.8 yards per game.
He had the kind of season that is usually reserved for created players in Madden who have had their attributes hilariously/unfairly maxed. You know, the guy who is a 99 in everything and can catch any wobbly pass that is thrown in his general vicinity (he can even catch Tebow pases).
Mere mortals don’t have that kind of season.
Dallas Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant doesn’t think he’s a mere mortal, Bryant thinks he’s capable of a seemingly impossible 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.
No, I’m not posting this solely for an excuse to use that picture. And no, I definitely didn’t post this picture for dirty SEO purposes (also: Kate Upton, Harlem Shake, Tim Tebow).
I’m doing this as part of our regular public service effort to keep you, dear reader, better informed of life opportunities that await. Because if you have $7,000 of uncommitted funds lying around, there’s something I need you to do with it right now.
With this once-in-a-lifetime package, you and a guest will be whisked away to Riviera Maya, Mexico, from April 7 to 10. There on the sunny shores of the Rivera Maya you’ll enjoy an all-inclusive three-night stay at a five-star hotel and a chance to watch the swimsuit fashion show featuring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. You’ll also be able to mix and mingle with the cheerleaders at a meet-and-greet and enjoy a group dinner with staff and guests. Once you arrive back at DFW on April 10, you’ll have a lifetime of memories to share with friends and family. Mark your calendar, because this is one date you don’t want to miss.
Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy.
Better yet, be unselfish. This is a perfect early Father’s Day gift, or if you are a father, I can’t think of a better 16th birthday present for your son (note: I’ll be a horrible father). Or hell, why not give grandpa a treat? Actually, maybe that’s the worst idea of all…
The Cowboys bus — not to be confused with Tim Lincecum’s bus — is steeped in some pretty deep folklore, man. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal has bounced around to a few Super Bowls and Scouting Combines where Jerry Jones’ shag wagon that’s dripping with bling frequents, and he’s heard the mythical tales. Stuff happens in there, but only those who have gained access past the ivory gates can speak of the pleasure which awaits inside.
Now there’s a new bus worth somewhere between $1.5 and $2.5 million, according to the Dallas Morning News (in Cowboy code, that really means about $12 million). It has nine TV screens, marble everywhere, and it surely smells of rich mahogany.