Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects Tony Romo extension 'soon'

Wesley Hitt

Dallas is looking to keep Tony Romo in the fold long-term, something sure to split opinions within the fan base.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that a contract extension for quarterback Tony Romo should be coming soon, according to ESPN.com.

The polarizing quarterback is entering the final year of his current contract in which he is scheduled to make $11.5 million in base salary. However, his cap hit is a robust $16.8 million, something that would certainly go down with an extension.

Considering how much Joe Flacco was paid by the Baltimore Ravens earlier this offseason (SIX years, $120 million with $52 million guaranteed), Romo would be in for a massive payday. Look for Romo to end up with something in the neighborhood of five years and $85 million, ensuring he will remain in Dallas.

Of course, Flacco earned his money in the postseason with terrific clutch play, something Romo has been allergic to since becoming Dallas' starter in 2006. The Eastern Illinois product is also 32 years old and will be 33 in April. How many years can the Cowboys realistically expect out of him before Romo's skill set begins to erode?

Last season, Romo threw for a career-high 4,903 yards on an incredible 648 attempts. In his career, Romo has tossed 177 touchdowns compared to 91 interceptions.

All that said, he is a productive regular season quarterback. Dallas would probably be better served to reload since it's not winning a Super Bowl with Romo or this current team, but Jerry Jones wouldn't do that even if his life depended on it.

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