Stephen Jones Optimistic About Romo Extension Talks–or is he?

2013 is the last year of Tony Romo's current deal with Dallas

It was reported this week that extension talks between the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo--who is set to enter the final season of his current deal in 2013--have not yet begun, but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones isn’t all that concerned about it. Or maybe he is. Judging by recent comments, well, it’s kind of hard to tell.

These things happen fast when they happen,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We’re in good shape.”

That’s good. But then Jones backtracked a bit.

“I don’t feel necessarily confident,” Jones said. “We’ve got to have both sides wanting to do something.”

Obviously, the Cowboys want to bring Romo back. They carried just two quarterbacks, Romo and backup Kyle Orton, in 2012 and haven’t yet begun grooming a successor to the 32-year-old Romo.

“We have to have alternative plans,” Jones said. “We have them. They’re not as pleasant and he’s aware of it. He’s pretty aware of that. It’s pretty clear. When you have a great quarterback--and we’re fortunate to have one--they take up a significant amount of your cap space. Tony has been a great partner to us but he also understands it has ramifications in terms of what we can and can’t do with the cap.”

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