Romo's Contract Biggest Question At QB

When the Cowboys signed 15-year veteran Brad Johnson, he made it clear he wasn't interested in just being a mentor to Romo. But he did say he would offer his experience, and he's got plenty of that. Johnson has started 122 games in his career, and that's 112 more than Romo at this point. While he might not be competing for the job, Johnson should be a valuable tool on the sideline for Romo to lean on.

In just 10 starts, Tony Romo still put together one of the finest statistical seasons by a quarterback in Cowboys history. His 95.1 quarterback rating is third-highest behind only Roger Staubach's 104.8 in 1971 and Troy Aikman's 99.0 rating in 1993. Romo's rating ranked third in the NFC and fifth in the NFL.

No quarterback in the NFL had a better yard per-attempt ratio than Romo's 8.61 average. What makes that stat even better was Romo also ranked second in the NFL with a 65.28 completion percentage, the third-highest in Cowboys history, behind Aikman's 69.13 (1993) and 65.29 (1991).

Don't Be Surprised If: The Cowboys get into the season without a deal done for Romo. Sure, they would like to get it finalized before camp, but at the right price. It's unlikely the two sides will be able to come to an agreement in the near future. And it's not because they're on different pages. Romo wants to be here and the Cowboys want him. But the unknown factor is too great at this moment for either side to sign a deal. Look for Romo to get into the season without a new contract, but it probably wouldn't take more than a few solid performances for the Cowboys to strike a deal. Romo's deal will get done. The only question is when and for how much.

Fitting In: Projected Starters:
Tony Romo - Viewed as the latest celebrity or the guy who dropped the hold, Romo would rather just be the QB of the future.
Solid Backups:
Brad Johnson - Here to be more of a experienced backup than competition, but will be ready if needed.
Uphill Climb:
Matt Baker - Needs to expand on a solid year on the practice squad. The Cowboys might keep three QB's if he's good enough.
Richard Bartel - Has a live arm and sometimes that's hard for a team to part with. Practice squad might be option.
Matt Moore - Behind the 8-ball because he was still in school during mini-camps and OTA's.
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