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Tony Romo puts off Dallas Cowboys contract extension

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will not continue to negotiate a contract extension until the season ends. Romo does not want the talks to become a distraction.

"We talked. We thought he had an interest, and he knows we have an interest," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told The Dallas Morning News. "But he wants to just concentrate on the season. ... We're not doing anything on the contract right now. We just haven't done anything on it. He's just concentrating on right now, this year, what he's doing on the field.

"We're fine with that, too. He's not going anywhere."

Romo is signed through 2013, but the Cowboys would like to extend his deal in order to gain some salary-cap relief next season. He counts $8.06 million against the cap in 2012 and $16.8 million in 2013.

"I haven't even thought about it," Romo said a few weeks ago.

Did you know that Romo, 32, is the fifth-oldest starting quarterback in the NFL? Assuming he re-signs, Romo will be 34 when the new contract starts in 2014.

There has to be a sense of urgency for the Cowboys in the next few years because their quarterback isn't getting any younger.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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