Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones insisted again on Tuesday that extending Tony Romo's contract beyond 2013 is a priority.
"Tony is a key piece of what we're about going forward," Jones said. "We're certainly going to be looking at his situation (in) time. ... Tony is the key piece in terms of how your cap is represented." Romo is a "key piece" in terms of the cap because his $16.8 million number is the highest on the team. Beat writer Calvin Watkins believes Romo could renegotiate in the form of a three- to five-year extension worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $12 million annually. That would be a fair price for a soon-to-be 33-year-old quarterback who remains one of the league's better pure passers.