Source: Tony Romo talks end

Updated: October 1, 2012, 11:34 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Cowboys have ended contract extension talks with quarterback Tony Romo, according to a source.

The Cowboys had held preliminary talks with Romo's agent, R.J. Gonser, recently, but now will pick up those discussions in the offseason. Romo left his former agent, Ken Kramer, and signed with Gonser of Creative Artists Agency Sports recently.

Romo has two years remaining on his contract. He is making a base salary of $825,000 this season and is scheduled to make $11.5 million in 2013. In 2007, Romo signed a six-year extension worth $67.4 million with $30 million guaranteed. The contract has been amended several times for salary cap reasons.

The Cowboys want to sign Romo to an extension to help lower his salary cap number for 2013. Romo will count a team-high $16.8 million against the cap in 2013. In the past the Cowboys have lowered the salary cap numbers of several players such as Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware.

Suspending talks is not seen as a negative issue between the parties because Romo and the Cowboys want a long-term future together. Rather, the team and Romo most likely don't want contract talks to become a distraction during the season.

What the Cowboys are willing to pay Romo is unknown.

Earlier this month, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub signed a four-year extension worth $62 million, with nearly $30 million guaranteed. Last season, the Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a six-year, $59 million deal, with $24 million guaranteed.

Romo isn't the only quarterback looking for an extension. The Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco also had contract talks halted until after the season.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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