ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo has a chance to start for the Dallas Cowboys longer than Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman. The question is whether he will match their Super Bowl pedigrees.
Romo signed a six-year contract extension worth $108 million Friday, with about half of that guaranteed, to make him the highest-paid player in franchise history.
The agreement, reported on the team’s website, will lower the quarterback’s salary cap number for 2013 by about $5 million, giving the team more room to sign free agents and draft picks.
Romo, who turns 33 next month and was entering the final year of his contract, gets $55 million guaranteed.
Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco got $52 million guaranteed in the six-year, $120.6 million contract he signed with Baltimore earlier this month.
“I think it’s just exciting more than anything that you know you’re going to be here the rest of my career,” Romo said in a video on the team’s website that showed owner Jerry Jones exchanging high-fives with Romo’s nearly 1-year-old son. “We’re a team on the rise and I think it’s going to show here going forward.”
Romo could be with Dallas through 2019, giving him a chance to be the starter longer than the 11 seasons of Aikman and seven of Staubach, who was a part-time starter his first four years with the Cowboys.
Aikman and Staubach won five Super Bowls between them, while Romo has one playoff win in six full seasons as the starter. He had a gut-wrenching playoff loss the year he took over midseason in 2006, flubbing the hold after driving the Cowboys into position for the go-ahead field goal in the final minutes.
Davis stays with Redskins
Tight end Fred Davis re-signed with Washington.
A person familiar with the agreement said Davis received a one-year contract after exploring options with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms of the deal.
Davis might have been one of the most coveted tight ends on the free agent market if he were healthy, but he’s recovering from a torn left Achilles suffered in a loss to the New York Giants in October.