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Report: Contract Talks Between Romo, Cowboys Have Yet To Begin

Tony Romo is set to enter the final year of his contract in 2013

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With Tony Romo set to enter the final year of his current deal with the Dallas Cowboys, the talk of the offseason thus far--aside from all those coaching changes, of course--has revolved around what the team will do with Romo.

It’s pretty much assumed that the 32-year-old will get an extension, but according to a report published this week by ESPN Dallas, the two sides have yet to sit down together.

Romo publicly tabled contract talks near the beginning of the 2012 season.

The Cowboys, as executive vice president Stephen Jones tells it, aren’t preparing for a future without Romo--a statement that’s backed up by the fact that the team has no young quarterback waiting in the wings. Romo’s backup, Kyle Orton, is just about a year younger than the starter.

"Tony is a key piece of what we're about going forward," Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. "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."

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