Tony Romo deal about winning, not cap space

February, 20, 2013
2/20/13
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Cowboys do not have any plans to meet with the agent for quarterback Tony Romo during the NFL scouting combine, and the team does not feel pressed to get a deal done soon.

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“We’ll get there,” executive vice president and director of player personnel Stephen Jones said.

While there is nothing planned, it is possible the sides will get together during the combine to pick up talks regarding Romo. The team will meet with the agent of linebacker Anthony Spencer during their time together in Indianapolis, as well as other impending free agents.

Romo is entering the final year of his contract and is scheduled to count $16.8 million against the 2013 salary cap. The Cowboys approached Romo about an extension last season, but the quarterback did not want to engage in talks during the season and cause a distraction.

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While the Cowboys will gain significant salary cap room when Romo signs a new deal, Jones said that’s not the top reason why they want to keep Romo with a long-term contract.

“We believe he’s the guy going forward, first and foremost,” Jones said. “He’s our No. 1 partner. He’s a great quarterback. We’re lucky to have him. When you have a great one, it takes up a significant amount of your cap space and you have to be able to work with your partner.”

Romo turns 33 in April and has won just one playoff game since taking over as the starter in the 2006 season. He has set franchise records for yards and touchdown passes in a season. Since 2010, the Cowboys are 17-20 with Romo as the starter, including 8-8 marks in each of the last two seasons.

“We just believe it’s going to happen,” Jones said. “Some guys it happens later in their careers; look at (Brett) Favre and (John) Elway. Some guys it’s happened earlier. We just believe that we can win a championship with him. I think his numbers speak for themselves. Obviously there’s things we have to continue to improve upon as far as putting the right pieces around him, then there’s things obviously in his game he can continue to improve on. He’s a young 33 because he didn’t play his first three, four years.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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