The Dallas Cowboys want to make sure that the 2015 season is totally forgotten and that no one even references it ever again. It was one of the worst seasons the franchise has ever experienced and that was due in large part to numerous injuries. Quarterback Tony Romo suffered two big injuries that limited him to a mere four games last season, but he’s ready to come back. Actually, Romo is ready to lead the Cowboys for a long time to come.
Tony Romo just turned 36-years-old in April, and the current starting quarterback for the Cowboys is signed with the team through the 2019 season. Even though he will be close to 40 by that time and coming off a season where he broke his left collarbone twice, he’s ready to play much longer than that.
“The further removed I am from surgery — and now it’s been quite a while — I can go a lot longer periods of time doing what I could do before. But for shorter periods of time before, it would just get heavy or I’d need a break or rest.”
He truly believes that not only will he be able to play out his current contract with the Cowboys, but he’ll be able to go even longer if they want him to do so. Romo actually joked that he could play another “seven or eight” years, but that remains to be seen.
A couple of months ago, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he is confident Romo will be healed up and ready to go for the start of the 2016 NFL season. As the 2016 NFL Draft was approaching, he had no doubt that Romo was going to be the leader for the Cowboys for many years to come, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“What is the one unequivocal fact that you can count on relative to the preparation of this draft and on draft day is that I’m planning on Romo being the quarterback for the next four or five years. That’s a fact. You won’t see a decision on draft day that will fly in the face of not believing from our standpoint that he’ll be our quarterback for four or five years.”
In free agency, the Cowboys did not end up bringing in or signing any quarterbacks to act as Romo’s back-up next season. Before the draft took place, the Cowboys had only Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers as the other quarterbacks on the roster.
The Cowboys have already parted ways with both Brandon Weedon and Matt Cassel, who took Romo’s place last year after he went out with his injuries. Neither of them could do much of anything, and it was obvious that Dallas would need to do something this offseason.
While they didn’t pick up a quarterback in free agency, they had to chance to draft one with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. With Jared Goff and Carson Wentz both already taken, the Cowboys ended up taking running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick.
They did still select Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round, and it could end up being one of the steals of the draft. While he won’t likely start right away, he could learn a lot from sitting behind Tony Romo for a year or two and then seriously compete for the starting spot.
Jerry Jones wants nothing but a better season for the Dallas Cowboys, and anyone that knows Jones knows that he wants it now. Tony Romo saying he is prepared to play another four or five seasons in the NFL may not mean that they will all be with the Cowboys. If he can’t win a championship or at least make it to the Super Bowl, Dallas may find themselves looking for a new signal-caller before too long.
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