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Report: Cowboys Won’t Recoup $5M From Tony Romo Should He Retire

Report: Cowboys Won’t Recoup $5M From Tony Romo Should He Retire

The Oakland Raiders are now the Las Vegas Raiders, but somehow Dallas Cowboys – for who knows how long – quarterback Tony Romo is still the biggest storyline in the NFL these days. Are the Cowboys going to trade him? Release him? At this point even guessing is frustrating, but the popular opinion these days is that Tony Romo will retire. The good news is that if he does, the Dallas Cowboys don’t plan on recouping the $5M that they fully have the right to from him.

On Monday evening Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Dallas Cowboys will not be seeking out the final $5M from Tony Romo’s initial $25M signing bonus that he signed in 2013 should the quarterback retire prior to the 2017 season. This isn’t exactly salary cap wizardry, but it is a little bit of a complex subject so allow me to break it down for you.

Why Would Tony Romo Owe The Cowboys $5M In 2017?

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Tony Romo signed a contract extension in 2013 that included a $25M signing bonus. $5M of this is accounted for during the 2017 season, money that Dallas could recoup if they chose to, but the Cowboys have declared that they will not be going after it.

When Tony Romo signed his six-year $108M deal with the Dallas Cowboys in March of 2013, ah memories, it included a $25M signing bonus. Typically signing bonuses are spread out over the life of a given NFL contract, up to a maximum of five years. This means that the $25M signing bonus, while fully guaranteed and given to Tony Romo previously, counts against the salary cap in $5M increments from 2013-2017.

This proration obviously is under the assumption that the player, in this case Tony Romo, will be fulfilling his contract in those specific years. If Tony Romo were to ultimately choose to retire before 2017 begins, he would not be fulfilling his contract. Since 2017 contains the final fifth of the $25M signing bonus, that means that the $5M the Cowboys devoted to him for 2017 would be subject to being recouped.

The Cowboys Could Be Trying To Incentivize Retirement For Tony Romo

Let’s be totally and completely clear here – the Cowboys would absolutely get their $5M back from Tony Romo. This isn’t anything that’s subject to a jury and judicial razzle-dazzle, there’s a very strong likelihood that the Cowboys would pick up $5M back from their former starting quarterback. While you could argue that it’d be more than salt in the wound to say, “Hey Tony, we know you’re retiring and everything but give us five million dollars,” in the NFL everything is a business.

The Cowboys’ declaration that they won’t go after this $5M – especially at a time when Romo seems to be feeling a bit contentious – is perhaps a show of good faith that they want to set Tony Romo up nicely if he does decide to hang them up. Many will scoff at this and say “Five million dollars is nothing to Tony Romo or the Dallas Cowboys,” but five million dollars is five million dollars. In a league where everything – yes, everything – centers around money, this is a big ‘ol deal.

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RJ Ochoa

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2 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    Jerry Jerry Jerry ,Will this end already?? Not recouping the $5 MIL is basically Tony’s hostage fee. Jerry is holding Romo hostage hoping that he retires because Let’s face it , Jerry wanted Denver to trade for him which blew up in his face and He does not want Romo in Houston because he’s afraid of losing home fans and O by the way Tony will get something in Houston Jerry was never able to give to Romo, A top defense. This saga seems like it may never end.

    • Randy Martin

      Jerry is not holding Romo hostage. Romo is a player under contract and he has every right to keep him here. No favors are owed to Romo. He has been well compensated for his play and will continue to be so until that contract is satisfied. He is an asset to the team and would be an asset to other teams that could use him and I’m not even going to name teams…we know who they are. And it’s not just those two teams. This is a good old fashioned game of Blink and Jerry is not going to blink.

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