Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones says the team would be “comfortable” working on a timetable that included Tony Romo being the team’s quarterback for the next five years.
Jones was answering a question at the NFL scouting combine about the team potentially drafting a quarterback in the near future.
“I feel very comfortable, to the main part of your question, with a five-year timeframe. I feel very comfortable with that,” Jones said this weekend, according to the team’s website. “When I say comfortable: I’m ready to make decisions based on him being our quarterback that far into the future.”
Romo, 34, has had back surgery in each of the last two seasons, but bounced back in 2014 and led the Cowboys to their first playoff berth in five years.
“I’m not going to look into the crystal ball with you and tell you he’s not going to have down days over the next five years – I can’t do that,” Jones said. “But I can tell you I’m comfortable, and I’m going to make decisions based on him being here.”
Romo is scheduled to make $17 million next season as part of a six-year, $108 million contract signed in 2013. He will count $27.8 million toward the salary cap in 2015.
Romo, who has a 75-48 record as a starting quarterback, had one of his best seasons in 2014, passing for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He led the NFL in completion percentage, touchdown percentage, yards per passing attempt and quarterback rating. He also had five game-winning drives.
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