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    Tony Romo: Is he worth that $108M?

    Few NFL players are as polarizing to his team’s fan base as Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. He’s wildly popular and he’s widely mocked. His talent is obvious, yet he’s a tease in the clutch. Now he’s $108 million richer after signing a six-year extension. Here are some figures that show both sides of Romo’s worth:

    • His 49 wins since 2007, his first season as the primary starter, are tied for 10th in the NFL in that span, but the Cowboys have won only one outright NFC East title in that time.

    • He has a career record of 23-5 in November, when pretenders fall out. But he has a record of 13-17 in December, when contenders should be peaking.


    • He’s thrown only 2 interceptions in 135 postseason pass attempts, but he’s never passed for more than 244 yards in four playoff games, of which he’s won only one.

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    • His career completion percentage of 64.8 is sixth all time among qualifying QBs, but his career average of 212.7 yards per game is comparable to Jon Kitna (211.0) and Jeff George (210.7).

    • He’s 5-2 with 17 TDs and 6 INTs in Thanksgiving Day games, but he’s just 5-5 with 10 TDs and 17 INTs on “Monday Night Football.”

    • He’s won 64.3 percent of his starts against AFC teams (18-10) and 66.7 percent of his starts against NFC non-divisional teams (28-14) but he’s below .500 against NFC East teams (21-22).

    • He’s the runaway franchise leader with 40 300-yard games, but he’s lost his top six yardage games and has two or fewer TD passes in 20 of those 40 games.