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Cowboys Eye Tony Romo Extension

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is entering the last year of his current contract in the 2013 season. The Cowboys are hoping to work out a new contract with Romo before preseason rolls around.

"Tony is a key piece of what we're about going forward," executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday. "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," he added.

Romo is scheduled to earn a base salary of $11.5 million in 2013. His salary cap figure is a team-high of $16.8 million.  The Cowboys have until March 12 to get under the expected $121 million cap.

"I don't feel pressed," Jones said of lowering Romo's cap number. "I don't think we've ever felt pressed with Tony. He's been a great partner. As I said, your quarterback, even when you have a good one and we're certainly lucky to have one of the best, is going to represent a good piece of your salary cap. How you manage that is important. He understands that and we do, too."

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