Cowboys motivated to get deal done with Tony Romo

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Outside opinions on Tony Romo vary.

Inside Valley Ranch, he is viewed as a key component to a championship run. Accordingly, the Dallas Cowboys would like to hammer out a long-term contract extension for their quarterback.

Romo is entering the final year of his contract and is set to earn a base salary of $11.5 million. His cap figure for this season is $16.8 million and depending on how a new deal is done, perhaps that number could be lowered a little for the Cowboys, who have a tight salary cap situation.

Tony is a key piece of what we're about going forward,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas. “We're certainly going to be looking at his situation (in) time. We've historically (extended contracts) with quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys ahead of time. We did it with Troy (Aikman) and we certainly want to look at that with Tony so we can all move forward in terms of how we want to play around our salary cap with our team. Tony is the key piece in terms of how your cap is represented.”

Contract talks were halted during the season because Romo did not want them to become a distraction. Now, it’s time for the sides to get down to business unless Romo wants to gamble on himself in 2013, similar to what Joe Flacco did this past season.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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