Romo: Cowboys Have "A Good Problem"

The Cowboys having to pay so many elite players isn't a bad thing, Tony Romo says; it just means they evaluated talent well

Tiki and Tierney
August 15, 2019 - 5:57 pm
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Depending on who you listen to, the sky is falling in Dallas. That’s because Jerry and Stephen Jones have not yet signed Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott, among others, to long-term deals. Elliott, in fact, is holding out for more money.

Well, Cowboys fans, have no fear: Tony Romo is here.

“Jerry and Stephen are going to get all of these guys signed,” Romo said on Tiki & Tierney. “They’re not going anywhere. Cowboy fans can relax there. It’s just part of what they’ve done for a long, long time. It’s part of the negotiating part. I think the Zeke one was probably a little bit sooner than they envisioned. I think that’s why it’s a little bit more shocking. That one’s going to be a coin flip whether it gets done before Week 1. There’s a chance that that could play into the season. But as far as signing them, they’ll sign all of them.”

But make no mistake: If Dallas has a problem, it’s a problem every team in the NFL would love to have.

“It’s a good thing,” Romo said of having to pay so many elite players. “They drafted well. They evaluated talent really well. So everyone says it’s a negative, and I’m like, ‘You guys don’t understand. This means they did their job. Everyone did great picking these players and trading for this player (Cooper) you want to pay.’ So when you have all this, that’s a good problem.”

The Cowboys have won 10+ games – and an NFC East title – in three of the last five seasons. They boast one of the best rosters in the league.

“They didn’t allocate their resources in the salary cap to linebackers throughout most of the time I was there,” said Romo, who played for the Cowboys from 2003-16. “Then all of a sudden they got Jaylon Smith and (Leighton) Vander Esch and you got Sean Lee. All of a sudden at each position, you have a plan that puts a percentage of your salary cap into these positions, and you try and stick within that. You will have to have higher ones and lower ones. That’s just part of the game. 

“Well, the linebacker crew was one of the lower ones; now that’s going to be way up,” Romo continued. “You’re going to have to take that from somewhere else. A percentage of the salary cap is going to have to be moved from somewhere else, and that’s a big decision. But that’s just because they keep drafting good players. It’s a good problem to have. You’re going to lose a good player once in a while, but that’s because you drafted a lot of good ones.”

Click below to listen to Romo’s interview in its entirety.