IRVING (AP) — Tony Romo won’t have to wait until the offseason to get his big payday from the Dallas Cowboys after all.
Romo has agreed to a six-year, $67 million deal that includes $30 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the deal who requested anonymity because the contract has not been signed. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday
“Right now, we’re just talking, but it’s closer than it was before,” Romo said late Monday. “I feel like I’m going to be with the Cowboys the rest of my career, definitely. I love it.”
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said the team would have no announcements Monday night. Other club officials did not immediately return calls.
Ken Kramer, who negotiated the contract for Romo, also was not available for comment.
Recently, quarterbacks Matt Schaub of Houston ($48 million) and Marc Bulger of St. Louis ($65 million) received six-year contracts. Bulger got $27 million guaranteed. Schaub’s Texans are 3-5, while Bulger’s Rams are 0-8. Both have also been injured this season.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, are 6-1 and lead the NFC East.
Romo has been under a contract signed before he’d ever thrown a pass in the NFL. That deal ran only through this season.
After leading Dallas into the playoffs last season, Romo hoped to be re-signed over the summer. But team owner Jerry Jones opted to let the relatively unproven quarterback go into his first year in charge to make sure he was worth being paid as much as Schaub or Bulger.
Romo ended up showing he’s worth more than either.
How? By being named the NFC’s offensive player of the month in September, then coming out of October with Dallas holding the No. 1 offense in the conference.
Convinced Romo is the reliable leader the Cowboys have been looking for since Troy Aikman’s career ended in 2000, Jones got the deal done in time for some of the dollars to apply to this season’s salary cap.
It also is done in plenty of time to ensure that Romo will be the face of the franchise in 2009, when the Cowboys move into a $1 billion stadium that can seat up to 100,000 fans.
“It’s a great feeling you have when the organization and the people stand behind you, and you can be the quarterback for a long, long time,” Romo said. “It’s a neat feeling that, ‘You’re our guy, we like you.’ … It makes you feel good as a person and a player.”