Tony Romo is scheduled to count $16.8 million against the salary cap in the final year of his deal. The Cowboys have until March 12 to clear some $21 million to get under the proposed cap limit of $122 million. Getting a new deal for Romo would help with that.
"There’s math involved in this deal," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "Everyone has to get under the cap, and a number of teams are making these types of decisions, so we do have an opportunity to restructure Tony’s contract, and we believe very strongly in Tony Romo as our quarterback. So we need to make sure we get that business done to help our football team be as good as it could be. We do have to address some things with personnel and freeing up some of that money will allow us to do that."
Romo, who turns 33 in April, is the Cowboys' quarterback of the present and the future. They likely will sign him to a four- or five-year deal. But Garrett said Romo is a "young" player.
Romo didn't start a game until 2006, his fourth season in the league.
"he didn’t play his first three or four years at all, so he’s been a starter for six years, and he has a lot of football
in front of him," Garrett said. "I think if you watch him play, you see a guy who can move, a guy who the ball really jumps out of his hand, very spontaneous as a player, so you see no signs of him getting old as a
player, so we feel good about him for a long time to come. But the way we work around here is we focus on today, this year, so we’re much more short-term thinking on what our attention is."
-- Charean Williams