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Cowboys Backup QB Tony Romo Signs 1 Year, $3.9 Million Contract Extension

Cowboys beat writers Jean-Jacques Taylor and Todd Archer of the DMN report that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has agreed to a two-year contract, sources said today. Romo gets $900,000 for ’06, $1 million for ’07 and a $2 million signing bonus.

Their colleage, Matt Mosley, adds more:

Because Romo was already signed through this season, the deal is basically a one-year extension. He could make another $1 million in incentives if he takes a certain amount of snaps over the next two seasons.

Stuck in traffic on his way to Texas Stadium, Romo said, “At the end of the day, the reason I want to stay here is because the Joneses are about winning. The coaching staff has instilled some confidence in me, and I’ve shown them I can be somewhat successful.”

The Cowboys wanted to sign Romo to a longer deal, but both sides decided to focus on the next couple of seasons. “They stepped up to the plate,” Romo said of Jerry and Stephen Jones. “Personally, it’s nice to see Jerry show this type of commitment. I think it will be beneficial for both sides.”

That’s a pretty hefty contract for an undrafted free agent who hasn’t taken a single meaningful snap in the NFL. It’s clearly a reflection, though, that Parcells and company think he can be the starter in the next couple of years.

If not sooner. Local NFL columnist Rick Gosselin joins a spate of national writers when he writes, “count me among those who believe Tony Romo will close the season as starter.” Given that Bledsoe is only 34 and a borderline Hall fo Famer, that strikes me as crazy. But, then, I’m not talking to the Dallas coaching staff on a regular basis.

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