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Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys sign $108-million contract extension

March 29, 2013|By Matt Wilhalme
  • Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys signed a six-year, $108-million contract extension on Friday.
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys signed a six-year, $108-million contract… (Rob Carr / Getty Images )

Quarterback Tony Romo signed a six-year, $108-million contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.

That means the 32-year-old quarterback -- who turns 33 next month -- with only one playoff victory for “America’s Team” could be the Cowboys’ gun-slinging starter under contract until 2019.

“I think it's just exciting more than anything that you know you're going to be here the rest of [your] career,” Romo said in a video interview on the Cowboys’ official website.

Romo’s new deal includes $55 million in guaranteed money. By comparison, Joe Flacco’s six-year, $120.6-million blockbuster contract with the Baltimore Ravens following his Super Bowl victory included only $52 million in guarantees.

However, Romo’s new contract gives the Cowboys $5 million in much-needed salary-cap relief so the team can get active in free agency.  

Romo suggested in the video interview that moves behind the scenes and pressure to sign free agents ultimately helped get his contract finalized.

“I've been here long enough to know when you've got a team, and I think we're starting to get there,” Romo said.

Last season, Romo completed 425 passes for 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns with 19 interceptions en route to an 8-8 record.

“We're a team on the rise and I think it's going to show here going forward,” Romo said.

Dallas’ last playoff victory came in 2009 against the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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