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The Cowboys had been talking with Romo’s camp off and on after hoping to ink the 32-year-old passer to an extension last summer. As Rapoport reported Thursday, a clause in Romo’s contract stipulated that Dallas could not franchise Romo if no deal was reached by the end of the 2013 league year, effectively making him a free agent. That handed significant leverage to Romo, but both sides obviously wanted to stick together.
Romo was set to count $16.8 million against the cap in 2013, but a reworked extension will allow the Cowboys to lower that figure and add additional pieces to the puzzle.
For a quarterback with just one postseason win in nine seasons, every piece will help.