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|Though Dallas added Kyle Orton (18) this offseason to back up Tony Romo, the team's QB of the future is not currently on the roster.|
“Brett Favre and Kurt Warner played well into their late 30s and, in Favre's case, his 40s. This is not to compare Romo with those players but to point out that quarterbacks can succeed as they get older. Romo has a game that is adaptable. He does not rely on a big arm to fit throws into tight spaces. Even if his physical skills decline a little, he has the mental capability to make up for it. In other words, he will not be a fastball pitcher trying to reinvent himself late in his career. Looking at a Romo extension now, which has some traction inside the organization, could help the Cowboys with the salary cap. Romo will count $8.06 million against the cap in 2012. It doubles to $16.8 million in 2013. Remember, they will also carry over another $5 million penalty because of dubious league sanctions. With the cap not expected to rise greatly in the next few years, even with the influx of new television money in 2014, taking care of Romo now could help the team be more competitive in the future and possibly slow that imaginary window. If the Cowboys wait, they could conceivably have less room to keep their own free agents or sign new players. It would not be precedent-setting for the Cowboys to look at an extension for a player with two years left on his deal. Last year, the Cowboys did it with tight end Jason Witten and nose tackle Jay Ratliff. The Cowboys do not have the quarterback of the future on this team. Finding the quarterback is as difficult a task as there is in the NFL, and this team's track record isn't so hot, either. It took the Cowboys six years to find the right replacement for Troy Aikman following the Hall of Famer's retirement in 2000. They went through eight different starting quarterbacks before finding Romo. Signing Romo to an extension sooner rather than later makes sense.
I want Tony Romo on this team. In my mind, he's the best he's ever been. I think he's very capable of competing for a Super Bowl. I don't have any thought about Tony not being here.” -- Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones