Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appears to be cutting down on his links time this offseason.
Romo, long known as one of the best celebrity golfers out there, played with Tiger Woods in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February, but apparently is sitting out a lot of his other usual offseason outings. The reason seems to be related to the six-year, $108 million contract he signed at the end of March, making him the highest-paid player in Cowboys history.
Soon after giving Romo that contract, Cowboys Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones said he expected his quarterback to focus even more on football all year round.
"Tony is going to have more time, more presence, not only in the offseason but when the season starts, beginning Monday, assuming we played Sundays," Jones told The Dallas Morning News. "He's going to have more time on the job. A part of what we agreed with was extra time on the job, beyond the norm. That doesn’t mean that he didn't have a lot of time on the job, but extra time on the job, Peyton Manning-type time on the job."
No word out of Big D on how much golf, if any, Romo is getting in these days. But according to ESPN Dallas, he's been skipping such high-profile events as PGA Tour pro-ams and the qualifiers for the U.S. Open and HP Byron Nelson Championship, where he's been a regular presence in recent years.
As a long-suffering Cowboys fan, I'm not sure what I think about this development. The truth is, Romo has always been quite active with his team and teammates during the offseason, even as he enjoyed his fair share of time on the golf course, despite the widespread perception that he paid more attention to golf than to football between seasons.
Of course, I’m hoping for as many wins as possible – especially late in the season when the Cowboys traditionally struggle. But it seems to me that there's plenty of time for both football and golf during the offseason, and that the best quarterback is a healthy and well-rounded one.