Stephen Jones: Romo's the key piece

Stephen Jones: Romo's the key piece

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LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field following the Cowboys 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by JOE TRAHAN

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WFAA Sports

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 8:12 PM

DALLAS --  Signing quarterback Tony Romo to an extension is a priority for the Cowboys.

"Tony is a key piece of what we're about going forward, and we'll certainly be looking at his situation," said Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones Tuesday. "We've historically - with quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys - have done that ahead of time, did it with Troy [Aikman,] certainly want to look at that with Tony, so that we can all move forward in terms of how we want to plan around our salary cap and our team."

Romo will be 33 years old at the start of the 2013 season. After a slow start last year, Romo rallied the team from a 3-and-5 record to a chance to win the division in the final game of the season against the Redskins. But Romo threw three interceptions in that game and tied for the league lead with 19 for the season.

The Cowboys are roughly $20 million over the salary cap and will have to make moves to get cap relief. If Romo plays out the final year of his contract, his cap number would be nearly $17 million. A contract extension would provide millions in cap relief.

"I don't feel pressed. I don't think we've ever felt pressed with Tony," Jones said. "“Obviously, as I said, when your quarterback -- when you have a good one, [and] we‘re certainly lucky to have one of the best – it’s going to represent a big part of your salary cap. Anyhow you manage that is important. We understand that, and he does, too."

The Cowboys broached the subject of an extension during the 2012 season, but both sides tabled talks so it wouldn't become a distraction.

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