Dallas Cowboys star quarterback Tony Romo recently turned 36 years old and he is coming off surgery to strengthen his collarbone that was twice broken this past season. During the team’s organized team activity on Wednesday, Romo agreed with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ assessment that he still has four to five years left in his career.
In an interview with the Dallas Morning News at the NFL Combine last February, Jones said that he was not planning to trade up in order to draft a quarterback. The 73-year-old billionaire said that Tony Romo will be his team’s starting QB for the next four to five years.
“What is the one unequivocal fact that you can count on relative to the preparation of this draft and on draft day is that I’m planning on Romo being the quarterback for the next four or five years,” Jones said.
Nonetheless, the Cowboys still drafted a quarterback, Dak Prescott, in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Romo told ESPN during the OTA that he is going to help their rookie quarterback during next season.
“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,” Romo said.
The 36-year-old also added that he agrees with Jerry Jones about how long he has left in his football career. He also jokingly said that he can play for “seven or eight years” due to the advancement of modern medicine.
As for his collarbone and overall health, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said that Romo is “healthier than he’s been.” The coach also mentioned that the collarbone surgery was successful and there are no setbacks in his recovery.
“He’s been able to go through more of the offseason program, lay the foundation for himself with (strength coach Mike Woicik) and his staff back there,” Garrett added via ESPN.
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