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Tony Romo agrees with Jerry Jones that he can
play 4-5 more years
Tony Romo is signed through 2019, but he can see
himself playing beyond that for the Dallas Cowboys.
The 36-year-old quarterback said he agreed with
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones'
assessment that he has four or five more years left,
before jokingly interjecting "seven or eight years"
because of modern medicine.
"I'm not in my mid-20s anymore, but I do think based
on what my situation has been like the last three or
four years, I do think this [offseason] is drastically
different," Romo said after Wednesday's organized
"It takes me back five years ago when I was able to
do things the way [I had]. I'm not there yet. I still got
these months to just get after it, but it's exciting to
actually be able to get after it a little bit. But if
everything keeps going the way it's going, I think
it's going to be exciting going into camp."
Romo missed 12 games last season because
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underwent surgery in March and said the injury is a
"non-issue." He said he had to take a step back in
heavy upper-body lifting but has been able to ramp
it up the past few weeks.
The bigger cause for concern for Romo in recent
years has been his surgically repaired back. He had
two operations in 2013, one for a cyst and one for a
herniated disk that caused him to miss the season
He was limited in his offseason work in 2014
because of that disk surgery but was able to do
everything last year, and the plan is for him to do
everything again this offseason.
"The further removed I am from surgery -- and now
it's been quite a while -- I can go a lot longer periods
of time doing what I could do before. But for shorter
periods of time before, it would just get heavy or I'd
need a break or rest," Romo said.
"The torque you put on it, the jolting of stuff, the
hits -- it all takes a toll over time. When you have
multiple back surgeries, you understand the
process sometimes that it's a little different."
Coaches and teammates have noticed a difference
in how Romo is moving. Quarterbacks coach Wade
Wilson said Romo looks "phenomenal" early in the
offseason. Dez Bryant said Romo's presence on the
field makes things better for the entire team.
"He's healthier than he's been," coach Jason
Garrett said. "He's been able to go through more of
jerseys[/url] program, lay the foundation for himself
with [strength coach Mike Woicik] and his staff
back there. I think his back feels better. I think he's
come back from the surgery on his collarbone
seemingly without any problems.
"He's been able to function leading up to the OTAs,
and I think he's been good the first couple of days."
Romo has not played a full season since 2012. The
Cowboys were not shy in their attempt to trade
back into the first round to take Paxton Lynch
during the draft. They eventually drafted Dak
Prescott in the fourth round.
Romo said he understood the
jerseys[/url] team's position.
jerseys[/url] about the team," Romo said. "You learn
a long time ago if you're not good enough to hold on
to a position, then you probably weren't as good as
you thought you were.
"I think all of the jobs of people who are playing or
starting is to help the guys around them, especially
at their position. ... We preach that to everybody,
and I'm no different. You're definitely going to help a
young quarterback. I can remember when I was
young, how the influence of older guys can help you.
We may need these guys at different times. You
never know. For me, it's just an easy thing because
you appreciate how hard everyone in here works
and you want to see people succeed.
"In five or
jerseys[/url] six years, someone will be able to
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