Originally posted on NFL News & Rumors  |  Last updated 9/14/12

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

With his current contract set to expire after the 2013 season, the focus on Tony Romo’s future in Dallas will likely intensify throughout the remainder of this year, and while the talks are considered to be very preliminary, the Cowboys have reportedly started discussing a possible extension with their starting quarterback.

ESPN’s Ed Werder first reported the start of talks between the two sides this morning.

Keeping Romo comfortable and secure in his economic future would seem to be a wise course of action for the Cowboys, but as with all contract negotiations, there will be plenty of hurdles to overcome before a deal is completed. Dallas will undoubtedly want to see if Romo can stay healthy through the entirety of the season and whether he can limit the major mistakes in key spots that have plagued him throughout his career.

Romo, 32, is in his ninth season with the Cowboys, and has completed 1,694 passes for 21,141 yards, 152 touchdowns, and 73 interceptions throughout his career. His previous contract was for six years, $67.4 million.

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