Geno Smith Will Throw at The Combine, Cowboys Wants Romo to Have L-T Contract

Just one day after USC quarterback Matt Barkley said he’s feeling the pressure to perform at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s agent said the player will go all out.

According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, he tweeted on Tuesday morning, “Spoke w/ Geno Smith’s rep, Jeff Nalley. Says Geno will do full workout at . Good sign. Usually when one jumps in, others follow.”

Reports also have Barkley throwing as well and this comes after last year’s two top quarterback prospects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III chose not to throw. And we all know how the draft turned out for both players.

But for Smith and Barkley, the top quarterback prospects, they both started the season as Heisman candidates and ended it on disappointing notes. Neither player attended the Senior Bowl and will look to the Combine to prove their value one last time.

Some pundits have Smith going to the Kansas City Chiefs, who have the first pick in the draft.

Meanwhile, one veteran quarterback continues to have the support of his team and its top dogs would like to reward him with a long-term contract. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is in his final contract year and has a $11.5 million base salary for in 2013. According to ESPN, the player’s salary cap is $16.8 million–a team high.

On Tuesday, executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team believes Romo is the key to the team seeing a championship.

Jones said via ESPN, “Tony is a key piece of what we’re about going forward. We’re certainly going to be looking at his situation (in) time. We’ve historically (extended contracts) with quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys ahead of time. We did it with Troy (Aikman) and we certainly want to look at that with Tony so we can all move forward in terms of how we want to play around our salary cap with our team. Tony is the key piece in terms of how your cap is represented.”

The team has an incentive to work out Romo’s contract as the March 12 deadline is fast approaching to hit below the $121 million cap. Currenly the Cowboys are about $20 million over so cutting Romo’s number through a contract extension would be a good thing.


Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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