Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to be like Peyton Manning

Jed Jacobsohn

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants quarterback Tony Romo to put in as much time and effort as Peyton Manning did for the Indianapolis Colts and is doing for the Denver Broncos.

The Dallas Cowboys firmly believe in quarterback Tony Romo, which is why they gave him a six-year, $108 million contract despite few playoff appearances (let alone wins) and the fact that he's 33 years old. But that confidence doesn't mean that the Cowboys are completely happy with the way that Romo conducts himself.

During a post-draft press conference, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones says Romo needs to spend more time around the team's practice facility going forward, as noted by Jon Machota of the Dallas News.

Jones said that Romo had to spend "Peyton Manning-type time on the job." This is a reference to how dedicated Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is and the long hours he spends working on his game. Romo, on the other hand, has been considered a player who has a lot of distractions in his life.

Of course, Jones made it clear that he wasn't admonishing Romo, but suggesting that Romo needed to put in the extra time and effort as "a bonus." But it's still pretty clear that the Cowboys don't want to see Romo taking vacations during bye weeks or entering golf tournaments during work weeks going forward.

Romo has been a great quarterback for the Cowboys, but he's always fallen short, often due to mental mistakes. More dedication required by his new contract might actually work out to be a good thing for him going forward.

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