Cowboys want to extend Tony Romo’s contract long-term
Tony Romo is in the final season of his six-year, $67.4 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But the team has no plans of letting their starting quarterback get away as Jason Garnett indicated earlier this month that Tony Romo was a “big part” of the Dallas Cowboys’ future. On Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones reaffirmed the team’s commitment towards seeking a long-term contract extension for Tony Romo.
"Tony is a key piece of what we're about going forward. We're certainly going to be looking at his situation (in) time,” said Stephen Jones. “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,” added Stephen Jones. “Tony is the key piece in terms of how your cap is represented."
Tony Romo is set to earn $11.5 million in base salary for the 2013 season, while his salary cap hit is a team-high $16.8 million. All NFL teams have until free agency deadline to get under the $121 million cap space. The Dallas Cowboys are expected to be $20 million in the red and Tony Romo’s standing contract is a huge part of the equation.
Both parties could have hashed out contract negotiations last season but Tony Romo didn’t want it to serve as a distortion while the Dallas Cowboys attempted another playoffs run. And now the Dallas Cowboys have until March 20 to have a restructured contract extension in place with Tony Romo.
"I don't feel pressed. I don't think we've ever felt pressed with Tony. He's been a great partner,” said Stephen Jones. “As I said, your quarterback, even when you have a good one and we're certainly lucky to have one of the best, is going to represent a good piece of your salary cap.”
“How you manage that is important. He understands that and we do, too."
However, Stephen Jones won’t go into the specifics of either length or amount of the Dallas Cowboys’ expected contract extension for Tony Romo.
Tony Romo has spent every season of his 10-year career with the Dallas Cowboys while compiling over 25,000 yards, along with 1771 touchdowns and 91 interceptions on a career passer rating of 95.6. However, Tony Romo’s critics have always held his three playoffs losses, and frequent end-of-season shortcomings against him.
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t been to the playoffs in three straight years.