Cowboys closing in on extension for Tony Romo

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A contract extension for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appears to be coming sooner rather than later.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke Tuesday during the owner’s meetings in Arizona about the progress being made toward getting a new deal done with Romo.

“I’m not concerned that we are looking at a drawn out thing here,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m not concerned that is going to in any way hamper any decision we want to make personal wise over the next few weeks.”

When asked if it was safe to say the Cowboys are closing in on a deal for Romo, Jones agreed.

“I’m okay with (saying) that,” Jones said.

Romo is set to enter the final year of his contract and is currently scheduled to count $16.8 million against the Cowboys salary cap this season. With the Cowboys already tight against the salary cap, a contract extension could help free up additional room under the cap to allow the team to continue to pursue free agent options and sign their upcoming draft class.

93 responses to “Cowboys closing in on extension for Tony Romo

  1. While I agree that signing Romo to an extension is a good thing, I don’t think spreading his salary out to future years to give cap space is a good thing. Sooner or later, you have to pay the piper, and the cap will catch up to you.

  2. Say what you want about Romo, but there’s no one else out there ready to step up and be a better QB for that team than Romo already is. Good idea to lock him up.

  3. Troy Aikman will be…. Ohh So giggly and happy with this news.

    The Redskins, Giants, and Eagles will be as happy and giggly as Troy Aikman with this PFT breaking news.

  4. Different year, same Jerry. Once he fixates on a player, there’s nothing, including facts, that can dissuade him.

  5. The cap penalties they incured from the uncapped year are a direct result of them trying to free up money for this very purpose. Oops that backfired.

  6. So, in true Cowboy fashion, they will sign him to a contract that makes Flacco’s look small.

  7. Why? I understand keeping him for this year cuz the QB market sucks but please dudes had like 10 years to prove himself and had only 1 playoff win. 16 mil!? Jerry’s smoking crack! With all that talent around him Orton could take that team to the playoffs. Oh well glad I’m not a cowboys fan lol

  8. You figure that Jones would finally realize that Romo is not going to give them anymore than Drew Bledsoe did. Why does he keep resigning Romo? If Jones actually believes that Romo has what it takes to get them to the promised land, then he should give up his title as GM. New QB = Playoffs + more.

  9. Best news EVER for the NFC East. Now the Cowboys just need to sign the GM to an extension and it will be like Christmas in march.

  10. Eagles, Giants and Redskins cornerbacks and safeties all smiling while reading this…

  11. Tough spot for Cowboys. It may not be time to move on yet, but it seems pretty clear the Cowboys of the Romo era have already peaked.

    Ya gotta believe a big, long term, contract to Romo won’t be played out – and will, sooner than later, eat up cap space in ‘dead money’.

    Best thing for that franchise would be to put a football person with some real decision making authority in the front office, but that won’t happen as long as JJ is the owner.

  12. If Jerry gives this bum 45 mill guranteed with one playoff win and under .500 record for his career, idk what I would say.

  13. Are they crazy! What has he ever won? Pay him more money….They should pay him $$ for wins! And more $$ for playoff wins…Other than that, he’s right up there with the most overpaid players in all of sports. He and Flacco!

  14. Thanks for dragging your feet for so long, JJ. I hear Haynesworth & Tiki Barber are still available.

  15. 3-4 Extension sounds good, with our o-line he might not make to that 4th yr though.
    Front load the contract so he gets his money and he can be liable to getting cut later on when his cap number is too high again.

  16. Thank you, Jerry, for signing Tony Romo. It means the Cowboys will be irrelevent for another few years.
    Eli Manning
    Michael Vick

  17. In before the haters. And spare me on “he stinks or this is good for everyone else”. Who else would the cowboys get to play QB for them? Jamarcus? Vince Young?

    And he plays behind the worst line in the NFL, with no running game. The only reason Dallas had any shot of going to playoffs last season was Romo.

  18. and for that, the rest of the NFC says THANK YOU…one less team to worry about having a shot at the SB

  19. Romo is one of the most likable, humble, all-around good guys in the NFL. He’s a very good QB as well. I’ve never understood all the hate for the guy. I guess it just comes with the territory of being the QB of the Cowboys.

  20. LOL @ all the morons who think they’re clever and witty with their “thank you from the rest of the NFL” comments. Bunch of third rate minds incapable of critical thought.

  21. Funny that rival fans in the NFC East want him back. I think he’s been pretty damn successful against the rest of the NFC East. I think it is funny that Philly fan is touting Michael Vick as a good QB. If anything, thank you Philly for bringing back the turnover machine back this year. Enjoy the basement again.

  22. As long as the restructured contract has clauses written in that DEDUCTS $100 for every fumble, interception, and game blowing, head scratching “what the heck was he thinking” play made by Romo, the Cowboys can assure themselves that they will never again find themselves in a salary cap pinch…

  23. hartcarluncarlun says: Mar 20, 2013 6:27 AM

    If Jerry gives this bum 45 mill guranteed with one playoff win and under .500 record for his career, idk what I would say.
    under .500 for his career? Romo is 55 and 38. Thats a .591 winning percentage. In his entire career, he’s had one season where he was below .500, and that was 2010 when he was knocked out for the season after 6 games. So before you start blindly throwing out stats, try doing a google search.

    If were gonna go by stats, how about this; #5 all time passer rating at 95.6. only Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning have a better career passer rating. But ya’ll are right, the guys a bum.

  24. Now if they could only get rid of Jerrah and get a GM that knows something about football.

    Romo isn’t the problem or the solution.

  25. You know what they say about haters if you got them you must be doing something right. All this misinformation about him in these post are ridiculous. He has almost every Cowboy passing record, he has career TD to Int ratio lower than Troy Aikman, a better career passer rating higher than Troy. He’s 5th all time in QB rating. Yeah his career playoff record is 1-3 but last I checked football is a team sport. He’s played behind one of the most shotty oline in the league, never has a great running game and a defense that gives up leads like its a hobby. Cowboys have many problems Tony is not even close to being one of them.

  26. Awesome! As a Redskins fan this makes me very happy! Can’t wait to see him find new ways to choke for years to come!

  27. look at all the little haters. vick doesn’t want to face him after being swept, eli ain’t to crazy about it either(those two are way more overrated). after all you girls get through with the hating don’t forget to mention your team so after Dallas slaughters them I’ll know who to thank.

  28. You know malqaab, it’s not a very informed argument to use Romo’s statistical “success” as proof of his ability as a quarterback. Fact is, during Romo’s career, the NFL has changed the rules to favor the passing game in an effort to make the game more exciting. You simply can’t compare players from the 70’s and 80’s to todays generation. Since you like stats so much, here’s one that’s much more credible…. Roger Staubach has 2 Super Bowl rings and Troy Aikman has 3. More rings than Romo’s PLAYOFF VICTORIES (1) = a better quarterback…

  29. Do a 1 year 800,000 and wait and see what next draft class QB’s look like, why pay big money for a guy who has never made the playoffs.

  30. rwhited2 says:
    Mar 20, 2013 11:08 AM
    You know malqaab, it’s not a very informed argument to use Romo’s statistical “success” as proof of his ability as a quarterback.

    Lol this is comical. First you don’t put up those kind of numbers without having ability, it’s idiotic to
    Even suggest even suggest otherwise. Your talk about the game changing well duh, the game is constantly changing but you don’t see every quarterback that comes in to the league putting up those numbers. Oh and by the way I ever said he was better than Troy or Staubach.

  31. Tell me who is going to step in a do any better right now? Maybe develop one of the many outstanding QBs available in the draft this year? Sign one of the many available free agent franchise quality QBs with zero cap space..? NOT! This is the best move to make right now. Romo is a good QB and has ton of heart. I loves me some Romo haters…

  32. Malqaab, no argument that Romo has ability. He just DOESN’T have the ability to win when it matters, the ability to lead his team and make them play better, or the ability to avoid the season ending mistake. I’m not sure how old you are, but those of us who have been around for a while have seen this guy before. His name was Danny White. Statistically speaking, was every bit as good as Staubach, but no one ever put him in the same class because he could never make the big play when it mattered. As for Romo, sorry but it doesn’t matter if you go 33 for 42 for 345 yards if you also throw 4 interceptions, 1 of them in the red zone and 2 for pick 6’s. Get my point yet???

  33. Makes sense to keep Romo around since the draft has lean pickings for quarterbacks this season. Better off getting some blockers up on the line to protect Romo and any future young talent the ‘boys may get. Garrett needs to mature his play selections for his passing game. Come up with some fresh passing schemes that aren’t so predictable. One smart move they made was to dump Ryan. The guy just can’t coach a defensive backfield in the pros.

  34. A new deal is smart from a money perspective, but if Jerry Jones wanted to be smart from a football perspective, he’d be searching for a QB of the future.

  35. Two words have forever changed the perception of Romo. Patrick. Crayton.

    That dropped ball will forever haunt.

  36. If I hear one more “the NFL is glad” or “the NFC East teams are happy”, I’m gonna flip!

    Name one available QB that would be an upgrade over Romo to be the starter? Heck, I can name many current NFL starting QB’s that wouldn’t be an upgrade over Romo.

    When will the hating stop?

  37. It’s funny to me, how many people bash Romo and think it makes them a smart football fan. If you were a smart football fan, you’d know the truth.

    He’s anti-clutch? Prove it. Name me a big game *HE’S* lost and I’ll show you two he’s won, but get’s no recognition for. The Seattle Playoff game? He kicked ass as the QB, just not as a kick holder. The Giant’s playoff game? That was Patrick Crayton. The Vikes playoff game, that was the offensive line and the defense in General.

    Let’s not mention the Saints game he won to keep our playoff hopes alive, beating NO…in NO…when the saints were like 10-0 or something like that. Or beating SF last year, coming back in the game with fractured ribs and a punctured lung, to bring the cowboys back and win that game.

    Did you watch the Ravens game this year, yeah check the 4th qtr of that game. If not for a missed kick, we beat the future Super Bowl champs that year.

    I’d say, honestly…his WORST clutch performance, was this year against the skins and honestly, it didn’t matter….the defense wasn’t stopping the Skins at all.

  38. For all who want to point out that Romo is 1-3 in his first 4 playoff starts; take a gander at the beloved Peyton Manning’s first 4 playoff starts. You may notice a similarity. Yeah, they’re both 1-3. People forget that Peyton had a quarterback rating of 58.5, with 1 TD and 2 picks, a completion percentage below 50% and putting up a goose egg against the Jets. Take a look at what Markdamack has to say. You may learn something. And please, spare me the “talent surrounding Romo” argument.

  39. OK, here you go markdameck…

    1. 3 td 400+ yds but 3 ints, 1 in final 3 minutes in 34-27 loss to Titans in 2010.
    2. 3 first half fumbles and an interception in 34-3 loss to Vikings in 2009.
    3. 2 ints, 1 of them at the 4 yard line to lose 10-6 against the 5-8 Eagles in 2007.
    4. 4 first half ints, 5 total for the game, including 2 pick 6’s in 25-24 win over Bills in 2007.
    5. 3 int, including a pick 6 in a 33-31 loss to Giants in 2009.
    6. Fumble on 3 yard line and int with a minute to play to allow Jets to win 27-24 in 2011.
    7. Romo throws int at midfield in tie game against Steelers with 2 minutes left to lose 20-13.
    8. 27-3 lead blown as Romo throws 2 pick 6’s in second half. One of which to Bobby Carpenter. Only play he ever made in his career. Cowboys loose 34-30.
    9. 2 fumbles by Romo, 1 returned for touchdown sets up 44-6 blowout by Eagles in a loser go home game in 2008.
    10. Playoff game on the line. Down 21-17 at end of game, 4th and 11, Romo throws int in endzone to give Giants 21-17 victory.

    You’re welcome. Your turn now…

  40. I love how all the cowgirl fans are sticking up for mediocrity as usual…making a big deal out of stats, there’s only 1 stat that matters in the NFL, and that’s Superbowl wins and appearances, sooooo, yeah…

  41. Its not accepting mediocrity, its appreciating the QB, without whom, this team would be drafting Luke Joekel. I can, without hesitation, say that Cowboys fans are not happy with 8-8. But what we do realize is this one simple fact; Tony Romo has done more for this franchise than anyone in the past 15 years. People confuse an average football team with an average QB.

  42. Here’s all you need to know about Tony Romo:

    The only 3 facts that matter:

    1. Makes the postseason less than 50% of the time (3 out of 7 years)

    2. 1 postseason win in 7 years

    3. Wins 14% of his elimination games (1-6 record)

    Tony Romo = LOSER of epic proportions.

    As a Giants fan, I am ECSTATIC that Romo will sign a long-term deal with the Cowgirls.

  43. @autinoxford
    Football is the ultimate team sport. Romo isn’t the problem. People let the TEAM’S post season record speak for Tony Romo. It’s the same simple minded thought process that would suggest Trent Dilfer is a better QB than Dan Marino…

  44. List of QB’s I’d rather have for the next 3 seasons than Tony Romo (in no order):

    Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Big Ben, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, RG3, Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler, Ryan Tannehill, Matt Schaub, Philip Rivers, Andy Dalton, Sam Bradford, Geno Smith

  45. Romo is very polarizing to Cowboy fans. Either loved or hated. While I don’t hate him, I have seen enough and feel it’s time to move on.

    Jerry thinks that no one else can step into that role but as the GM, it’s his responsibility to find the next QB. Look what Harbaugh did in S.F. Not content with Smith, he discovered Kaepernick.

  46. As a die hard boys fan… I feel that some of these critical posts are warranted and some aren’t. Yes romo has a career of bad turnovers at the worst times. Yes he seems to play terribly in big games. I see it. I get it. I was a staunch romo supporter up until this last year. I CALLED what would happen in the last redskins game. It always does so how could you not know he would lose the game by committing a turnover? But at the same time his line and running game last year were the worst EVER for a cowboys team. He’s never really had the support of a super star running back. He’s always been running for his life. I supported romo because I REMEMBER the years after aikman and before romo. He’s been clearly the best qb since aikman retired. BUT after last years loss in the final game I’ve really come to realize that he’s not going to ever get it done. I agree that it’s time to look for his replacement. Let him go elsewhere… Maybe he’ll have better luck with you know… A REAL organization where the idiot owner doesn’t run the team. I look at it this way… The 07 team was the best team in Dallas since 95-96 season. If he couldn’t win the big game with THAT team he never will

  47. Wow datschu, in my opinion, you nailed it with your reply. I’ve been critical of all the Romo worship on here, but I actually feel that he is a very talented quarterback. Talented enough to win a Super Bowl with a team that has the proper supporting cast. The Cowboys don’t, and won’t as long as Jerry Jones continues his death grip on the Cowboys’ operations. As long as Jones continues to rely on Romo’s athleticism to overcome his inability to properly tend to his team’s glaring needs, the Cowboys will always be one Romo mistake away from another disappointing offseason. Too much pressure on one guy to carry the load. And too much blame on one guy for a team sport. I just wish people would stop referring to “next year” with Romo and this team. Once again, due to Jerry’s mismanagement of personnel, the best for this team is in the past. The Cowboys simply cannot afford to put a team around Romo that will ever be able to contend for a championship. Look at all the restructuring happening now to simply keep this team at it’s mediocre level. When THOSE contracts come due, our young stars like Dez Bryant and Demarco Murray will be gone because we won’t be able to pay them and everyone will still be looking to Romo to make it happen….

  48. Correct sir. And as long as Jerry has blind faith in romo he won’t look for a qb to take his place! I’m with you! I was a romo supporter but after last years finale it’s time to move on! He’s had a long time to try and get it done and for some reason he just can’t. I don’t know how much longer Jerry can continue to set romo up for failure before the fans get restless. It’s really Jerry’s fault. Not romos.

  49. 10 years, only 4 playoff games and only one playoff win. That’s why it’s easy to bash Romo. Regular season stats are cute, but there’s not one QB in the NFL who’d rather have an MVP award over a Super Bowl ring. The fact that the Cowboys seem to have big names all over the field just makes it worse that they can never win when it matters.

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