The debate over whether or not Tony Romo is a good quarterback seems to emerge year in and year out, especially if Dallas is losing. Now, it appears as though those debates will continue for the foreseeable future as the Cowboys look to lock up Tony Romo to another long-term contract.
Today, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team is looking to lock up Romo to a long-term contract as they believe he is a key component to a possible Cowboys championship.
“Tony is a key piece of what we’re about going forward,” Jones said Tuesday. “We’re certainly going to be looking at his situation (in) time. 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. Tony is the key piece in terms of how your cap is represented.”
Romo is scheduled to represent 16.8 million dollars for the Cowboys’ 2013 salary cap. The team, who is currently $20 million over the projected salary cap figure of $121 million, is most likely looking to free up some space by loading the contract with more money in the later years of the deal.
With the need to extend Romo, Jones says he is not feeling pressure to re-sign the quarterback.
“I don’t feel pressed,” Jones said. “I don’t think we’ve ever felt pressed with Tony. He’s been a great partner. 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.”
Romo had his best year in terms of passing yards last year with 4,903 yards but also tied his career high of 19 interceptions.