Jay Ratliff on Cowboys' radar for an extension

The Dallas Cowboys have had talks with the agent for nose tackle Jay Ratliff about a possible extension for the Pro Bowl performer.

Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports that there have been discussions with Mark Slough after team owner Jerry Jones joked about Ratliff’s contract situation at a luncheon. Perhaps Jones’ words only gave Ratliff a little more leverage. He’s in the middle of a $20.5 million, five-year deal and he’s made three consecutive Pro Bowls.

“We have assured that we will have 10 years of where we don't have any issues with anything regarding clubs, players or those types of salaries. Now, I will make an exception," Jones said. "Jay Ratliff will tell you, 'You've got a big issue, Jerry, with my salary. I need a little more money.'"

Ratliff is signed through 2012 and it would not be surprising if he has a new deal before this season ends.

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