After the Cowboys expressed an interest in extending quarterback Tony Romo’s contract, we reported that it’s unlikely to happen any time soon.
Owner Jerry Jones now admits that’s the case.
“We talked. We thought he had an interest, and he knows we have an interest,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “But he wants to just concentrate on the season.”
He wants to concentrate on the season in part because, as we understand it, the Romo camp realizes that Jones hopes to buy now so he can buy low.
“We’re not doing anything on the contract right now,” Jones added. “We just haven’t done anything on it. He’s just concentrating on right now, this year, what he’s doing on the field.”
Romo is signed through 2013. When he signed his current deal, it seemed to be a lower haul than he could have gotten. That’s a dynamic that likely was fueled by Romo’s entry into the NFL as an undrafted player.
Romo is deep into house money, and the bottom line is that it looks like he’s going to try to get a lot deeper into house money by waiting at least until next year to do a new deal in Dallas.
And it looks like he eventually will. “He’s not going anywhere,” Jones said.
That may be accurate. But in order to keep Romo from going anywhere, Jones may have to use the franchise tag come 2014.
Of course, this all assumes that Romo can stay healthy. Given the way he’s been banged around this year, Romo may want to take the money and limp.