Travis Johnson, a former NFL first round pick that played defensive tackle for the Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers from 2005-2010, isn’t a fan of Tony Romo. That fact is evident by Johnson’s rant about Romo’s new contract during a recent discussion on CSN Houston. Here’s video:
“Tony Romo has not earned a dollar he’s been given in this league,” Johnson said. “He is a thief. They need to bring him up on federal charges right now. He’s killing the franchise.”
Johnson went on to compare Romo to Texans QB Matt Shaub who Johnson played with in Houston, saying that Shaub is the type of quarterback that can lead his team to the Super Bowl, and that Romo isn’t.
While Romo may indeed be overpaid by current franchise quarterback standards, Johnson’s rant is off-base. Romo isn’t killing the Cowboys’ franchise; Jerry Jones is. Jones makes the decisions with no GM to assist him. To say that Romo hasn’t “earned a dollar he’s been given” is absolutely insane. Romo simply signed the six-year, $108 million contract that Jones put in front of him. Who wouldn’t?
Granted, the Cowboys have not had much playoff success with Romo under center, but Romo has a career record of 55-38 as a starter and only has one season with a losing record (1-5 in 2010, when he only played six games due to injury). Not to mention that Romo has thrown for over 4,000 yards four times and over 25 touchdowns five times in seven seasons.
Tony Romo’s contract is a bit of a reach, but the Cowboys could do a lot worse and not much better than Romo at QB. Johnson is making some strong claims while on TV for an in-state rival, but he’s wrong.
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