IRVING, Texas -- To fully understand quarterback Tony Romo's new contract with the Dallas Cowboys, you must understand that it's actually four different contracts.
On Friday afternoon, Romo's agent fed to the media the blockbuster number: Six years and 108 million. That was the first number released into the ether. So it is destined to stick.
Minutes later, I spoke to Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, the club's point man for the negotiations. It occurred to me that the initial reports seemed vague in regard to whether the "six years" represented the entire stem-to-stern term of the agreement.
"It's one plus six," Jones told me.
Meaning the one remaining year plus six additional years. Stem-to-stern: Seven years and 119 million.
Mixed into this is the 55 million guaranteed, which includes a 25 million signing bonus.
And then there is the fourth, most important, most "real" number: Four years and 65 million.
So which is is...