Travis Johnson: Tony Romo Stealing From Cowboys, 'Not Earned a Dollar'

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 05:03 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has his detractors due to his failure to lead his team to a Super Bowl.

Former Houston Texans defensive lineman Travis Johnson is one of them, and thinks the eight-year veteran is stealing money from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

"Tony Romo has not earned a dollar he's been given in this league," Johnson said during an appearance on CSN Houston. "He's a thief. You need to bring him up on federal charges right now."

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Johnson went on to call Romo a "loser."

The Cowboys have gone 55-38 during Romo's tenure as the starting quarterback, but are 1-3 in four playoff games.

Earlier this year, the 33-year-old Romo became the highest-paid player in franchise history when he signed a six-year, $108 million extension, with $40 million guaranteed.

When that deal was reported, similarly maligned Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb tweeted, "Wow, really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me," The Huffington Post reported.

Johnson, a 2005 first-round draft pick, spent six seasons in the NFL, four with the Houston Texans and two with the San Diego Chargers. He now works as a television analyst.

Comparing Romo to Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, Johnson said:

"Matt Schaub can get the job done. I played with him ... he can take this team to a Super Bowl. Can he win a Super Bowl? I don't know. That's a whole different ball game once you get there. But Tony Romo is not that guy.

"He doesn't even have a ski mask on. I'm gonna tell you right now, you're gonna die. If a man robs you with no ski mask on he's gonna kill you. And that's exactly what he's doing — he's killing the franchise. ... He's not worried about witnesses at all, he just knows, 'Hey, I'm killing you.' And he's killing the franchise right now. ... 75,000 witnesses and nobody wants to testify against him."

Romo went undrafted in 2003 after playing for Eastern Illinois University and signed as a free agent with the Cowboys. He replaced starter Drew Bledsoe during the 2006 season and was a Pro Bowl selection that season, as well as in 2007 and 2009.

Regardless of Romo's "thievery," the Cowboys remain the richest NFL franchise, according to Forbes. The financial magazine published its annual list the most valuable NFL teams on Wednesday, and Dallas earned the top spot for the seventh straight year.

The franchise is worth $2.3 billion, according to the magazine — the only NFL team valued at more than $2 billion — despite not having played in a Super Bowl since 1996.

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