Tony Romo, Cowboys Have Had Early Contract Extension Talks

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05: quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass as running back DeMarco Murray #29 blocks against the New York Giants during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Cowboys have begun "very preliminary" talks about a contract extension for their starting quarterback.

A six-year, $67.4 million contract signed by Tony Romo in 2007 is nearing its conclusion; however, the Cowboys are not content to allow that contract to expire, as ESPN's Ed Werder reports that the team has informed Romo that they are interested in an extension and that preliminary contract negotiations have begun.

Romo, 32, has started 78 career games for the Cowboys and is approaching both Danny White and Roger Staubach's career numbers with the team and, assuming he can stay healthy longer, should be able to surpass both players in career yardage and touchdowns as a member of the Cowboys in 2012.

His current contract is set to expire in 2013, but has three additional years (2014, 2015, 2016) that are voidable by the team and, combined, pay over $40 million to the quarterback.

Werder describes the talks as "very preliminary," so nobody should expect anything imminent at this point.

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