Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tony Romo's new deal - is it worth $108M? Does it contain $55M in guarantees, as has been reported?
Probably not, and nope.
As per usual, Romo's contract in Dallas features fewer guarantees than was originally reported - only $40M is fully guaranteed, and only $28.5M of that is new money, anyway. The rest is, of course, only guaranteed for injury, which doesn't mean squat, as we were just saying to our old friend Elvis Dumervil.
Does he deserve it, relative to his play, and the precedent of other QB contracts? Unquestionably, yes.
His standing in the all-time ranks for passer rating, ANY/A, NY/A, and TD% speak volumes. The guy has also No, we're not saying Romo is among the league's elite passers, nor is he a future HOFer at this point.
But the next time he's complemented by a defense that's anything less than terrible, will be the first tme in several years.
Being one of the higher paid players at one's position is all about the timing of one's contract situation, and this was Romo's time. In a few days, we'll hear about Aaron Rodgers's new contract, and Romo's will probably (in new, full guarantees) appear a lot less impressive at that point.
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