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Jerry Jones: Tony Romo won't be paid like a bus driver

It sure sounds like the Dallas Cowboys are close to working out a new deal for Tony Romo.

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Speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Cowboys fans shouldn't lose any sleep about an extension for the quarterback.

"We are involved in negotiations," Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's just not the thing to do for him or me to say we ought to have something done by midnight or tomorrow unless it's that imminent. You can't get that answered because you don't have it all ready to sign. But I'm not concerned that we are looking at a drawn-out thing here.

"I'm not concerned that is going to in any way hamper any decision we want to make personal wise over the next few weeks."

The Cowboys would benefit by getting a Romo contract done in the near future. The Cowboys are just $102,000 under the cap, while Romo carries a robust $16.8 million cap figure for 2013. A new deal would allow Dallas to lower that figure significantly and free up room to sign free agents and eventual draft picks.

Jones wouldn't get into figures, but Romo will come out OK.

"Romo, of course, is someone that I expect our staff, our offensive staff, to deploy Romo according to his pay scale," Jones said. "Stay tuned, but he's going to have high expectations, I promise you that. He is not going to be paid to be a bus driver."

A deal will get done. A better question might be who gets paid first: Romo or Aaron Rodgers?

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