The Facts: Romo is signed through 2019, but he can see himself playing beyond that for the Cowboys. The 36-year-old quarterback said he agreed with Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones' assessment that he has four or five more years left, before jokingly interjecting "seven or eight years" because of modern medicine. "I'm not in my mid-20s anymore, but I do think based on what my situation has been like the last three or four years, I do think this [offseason] is drastically different," Romo said after Wednesday's organized team activity.
Diehards Line: The math for the Dallas Cowboys is pretty simple. When Romo is healthy and playing, they can play with anyone. When he's not, they can't. Romo missed 12 games last season because of a twice-broken left collarbone. He underwent surgery in March and said the injury is a "non-issue." He said he had to take a step back in heavy upper-body lifting but has been able to ramp it up the past few weeks. The bigger cause for concern for Romo in recent years has been his surgically repaired back. He had two operations in 2013, one for a cyst and one for a herniated disk that caused him to miss the season finale. He was limited in his offseason work in 2014 because of that disk surgery but was able to do everything last year, and the plan is for him to do everything again this offseason. "The further removed I am from surgery -- and now it's been quite a while -- I can go a lot longer periods of time doing what I could do before. But for shorter periods of time before, it would just get heavy or I'd need a break or rest," Romo said. Coaches and teammates have noticed a difference in how Romo is moving. Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said Romo looks "phenomenal" early in the offseason. Dez Bryant said Romo's presence on the field makes things better for the entire team. He's right. And that makes them better for fantasy owners as well.