Jerry Jones says Tony Romo deal is near and he won’t “be paid to be a bus driver”

March 20, 2013
Jerry Jones address Tony Romo's contract Tuesday. (Ross D. Franklin / AP)
Jerry Jones address Tony Romo’s contract Tuesday. (Ross D. Franklin / AP)

Soon, very soon, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys will reach an agreement on a contract extension, according to owner Jerry Jones.

And, when they do, Romo will “not be paid to be a bus driver,” Jones said at the NFL owners’ meetings. Not that being Jones’s bus driver would be a bad thing; the owner has one of the sweetest custom buses (“The Elegant Lady“) presently gulping gas on America’s highways. Still, Jones acknowledged that fans could be getting antsy.

“Probably what concerns them about a timetable is the fact that they don’t know that it won’t be weeks out,” Jones said (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). “They don’t know that. I have a better feel for it than that. We are involved in negotiations. It’s just not the thing to do for him or me to say we ought to have something done by midnight or tomorrow unless it’s that imminent. You can’t get that answered because you don’t have it all ready to sign. But I’m not concerned that we are looking at a drawn out thing here. I’m not concerned that is going to in any way hamper any decision we want to make personnel wise over the next few weeks.”

Jones’s team, like the Washington Redskins, is hampered by a salary-cap penalty imposed by the NFL. The ‘Boys are a mere $102,000 under the cap and Romo’s cap figure for 2013 is $6.8 million in the last year of his contract. For the Cowboys and their fans, the sooner this inevitable extension is done, the better. “Romo, of course, is someone that I expect our staff, our offensive staff, to deploy Romo according to his pay scale,” Jones said. “Stay tuned, but he’s going to have high expectations, I promise you that. He is not going to be paid to be a bus driver.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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