Concerned about a contract extension for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo?
Cowboys Jerry Jones is nonplussed about it.
Of course, he admittedly has inside information.
Sitting in a meeting room at the luxurious Biltmore Hotel, built in 1929 with the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright as a consulting architect, Jones not only intimated a deal with Romo is coming soon but that he will get a contract worthy of the millionaire guests occupying the hotel this week for the NFL owners meeting.
"Probably what concerns them about a timetable is the fact that they don't know that it won't be weeks out," Jones said of Cowboys fans being nervous of Romo deal getting done. "They don't know that. I have a better feel for it than that. We are involved in negotiations. It's just not the thing to do for him or me to say we ought to have something done by midnight or tomorrow unless it’s that imminent. You can’t get that answered because you don't have it all ready to sign. But I'm not concerned that we are looking at a drawn out thing here. I'm not concerned that is going to in any way hamper any decision we want to make personnel wise over the next few weeks."
Jones reflected on his statement following the 35-minute interview with local reporters and surmised that he indicated a Romo deal was close, he added that "I'm okay with (saying) that."
Romo is in the final year of his contract and has a $16.8 million cap figure for 2013. The Cowboys have just $102,000 in cap room under the 2013 salary cap of $123 million.
They need to sign Romo to a long-term contract extension to reduce his cap hit so they can sign other players in free agency as well as sign their upcoming draft class.
The six-year, $120.6 million contract Joe Flacco recently signed with the Baltimore Ravens is considered a guide for Romo's impending deal.
Jones wouldn't get into the money. But he said Romo is expected to big part of the Cowboys offense going forward and his contract will reflect that.
"Romo, of course, is someone that I expect our staff, our offensive staff, to deploy Romo according to his pay scale," Jones said. "Stay tuned, but he’s going to have high expectations, I promise you that. He is not going to be paid to be a bus driver."