Cowboys News: Dallas, Quarterback Tony Romo Start New Contract Talks? Linebacker Anthony Spencer Franchised? Dallas Must Get Creative With Cap Space
February 22, 2013 3:39 AM EST
The Dallas Cowboys are $20 million over the salary cap, and that means they will have to handle free agency and contract negotiations very carefully and creatively this offseason.
One place Dallas will have to spend is a contract extension for quarterback Tony Romo. Cowboy team president Stephen Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas that the club has begun negotiations.
"We have a great quarterback and he deserves to be paid," Jones said. "We have a good quarterback and we want to reward him. He's in the last year of a contract, and our goal is to not let the quarterback run out of contract."
Yahoo!Sports was the first to report Jones’ statements. Jones also stressed Romo’s desire to win and his understanding of the Cowboys tight pockets.
"No one wants to win more, no one wants to have success more than Tony,” Jones said. “He knows, in order to do that, we have to manage our cap, and he plays a big part in that because the percentage of the cap that he takes."
Romo enters the final year of his contract, and will be a free agent after next season. His salary for the 2013 season is reportedly $16.8 million, but Dallas would like to bring that number down so they can get under the cap, and possibly avoid high-profile cuts that many teams are prone to do.
Romo ranks first all-time in passing touchdowns and second in passing yards in Dallas team history, and posted a career-high 4,903 passing yards and 19 interceptions in 2012. The Cowboys missed the playoffs for the third straight season, but still view Romo as their best bet for success.
The Cowboys will also have to work out a deal with linebacker Anthony Spencer, who was second on the team with 11.0 sacks last year. According to Fox Sports Southwest, Dallas will not use the franchise tag again on Spencer, since the cost will increase from $8.8 million to $10.6 million next season.
Still the Cowboys are aware of the 29-year-old's desire to stay in Dallas, a feeling his agent, Jordan Woy, told CBS Dallas is mutual.
“Anthony wants to stay here and the Cowboys smartly want to keep him,” Woy said. “Hopefully there will be some creativity available to get something done.”
Spencer picked up much of the slack for the injured DeMarcus Ware last season. Dallas is transitioning to a new 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and keeping last year's squad intact may help with the switch.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Celebrities Who Were Victims of Rape: Psychological and Physical Effects of Rape
- Still The World Champions: Team USA Overpowers Serbia, 129-92 To Win 2014 FIBA World Cup [PHOTOS]
- Kanye West, Ben Affleck, Serena Williams Are Victims Of Migraines: Ways To Tackle It
- Men’s Tennis’ Grand Slam Winners Of 2014 – Wawrinka, Nadal, Djokovic, and Cilic
Join the Conversation
- 2014 FIBA World Cup Final: USA Vs. Serbia Live Streaming Info, Key Players And Preview
- Manchester United News: Man Utd. vs QPR - Preview and Live Streaming Link
- Reports Indicate Mayweather Has 2 Girlfriends: Bad Medina & Liza Hernandez
- NFL Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Denver Broncos Live Streaming Information And Preview
- After Win Over Maidana, Mayweather Says He Is Prepared To Negotiate A Fight With Pacquiao
- iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8: Performance, CPU and Health
- Google Android Lion vs Apple iOS 8: Why Make the Big Switch
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. OnePlus One – Can The Underdog Trump The Monster?
- US Government Threatened Yahoo to Provide User Data: If not Pay a Fine of $250,000 per day
- Optus Successfully Launches Optus 10 Satellite That Will Improve TV, Internet, Phone & Data Transmission In Australia
- 7 Reasons Why Atlassian Topped BRW’s Best Place To Work In Australia 2014 List
- Pope Francis Blasted For Defying Catholic Doctrine, Marries 20 Couples Who Have Cohabited And Had Children In No Else But St Peter's Basilica