Former Houston Texas defensive lineman Travis Johnson is not the only person who believes Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is overpaid. Romo agreed to a six-year, $108 million deal with the Cowboys earlier this offseason that reportedly includes $55 million guaranteed. Is it too much? Maybe. But is he a horrendous quarterback who is worth absolutely nothing? I wouldn’t go that far.
During a recent discussion on CSN Houston, Johnson went off on Romo for being a “thief” who has been handed everything and won nothing.
“When Tony Romo got to Dallas he had everything around him and was a loser,” Johnson said. “At one time he had five Pro Bowlers on the offensive line. They have no passing game, so nobody’s worried about the run.”
Johnson was just getting warmed up. His colleagues kept trying to remind him that the Cowboys have had plenty of other problems outside of Romo, but the former first-rounder out of Florida State couldn’t be stopped. Since the show is based in Houston, the subject briefly changed to Texas quarterback Matt Schaub. Johnson worked that into his criticism of Romo.
“Tony Romo has not earned a dollar he’s been given in this league,” Johnson said. “Matt Schaub will get the job done. I believe in him. I played with him and against him. He can take this team to a Super Bowl. Can he win a Super Bowl? I don’t know. It’s a whole different ballgame once you get there. But he can take this team to a Super Bowl.
“Tony Romo is not that guy. He is a thief. They need to bring him up on federal charges right now. He’s killing the franchise.”
As we have touched on several times in the past, Romo has made a number of poor decisions in the clutch that have cost the Cowboys. Having said that, he has thrown for more than 9,000 yards and 59 touchdowns over the past two seasons. His career passer rating is 95.6.
Is Romo a choker? As of now, I don’t see how you could argue otherwise. But good quarterbacks are tougher than ever to find. Romo needs to prove he can win the big game, but Dallas could do worse at his position.
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