NFL notebook: Romo gets 6-year, $108 million deal

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass during the first half against the Redskins on Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass during the first half against the Redskins on Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md.
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| Friday, March 29, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo has a chance to start for the Dallas Cowboys longer than Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman. The question is whether he will ever match their Super Bowl pedigrees.

Romo signed a six-year contract extension worth $108 million Friday, with about half of that guaranteed to make him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

The agreement, reported on the team's website, will lower the quarterback's salary cap number for 2013 by about $5 million, giving the team more room to sign free agents and draft picks.

Romo, who turns 33 next month and was entering the final year of his contract, gets $55 million guaranteed.

Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco got $52 million guaranteed in the six-year, $120.6 million contract he signed with Baltimore earlier this month.

“I think it's just exciting more than anything that you know you're going to be here the rest of my career,” Romo said in a video on the team's website that showed owner Jerry Jones exchanging high-fives with Romo's nearly 1-year-old son.

Romo could be with Dallas through 2019, giving him a chance to be the starter longer than the 11 seasons of Aikman and seven of Staubach, who was a part-time starter his first four years with the Cowboys.

Aikman and Staubach won five Super Bowls between them, while Romo has just one playoff win in six full seasons as the starter.

Polamalu: Players should have say in rules changes

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu says that if the NFL is going to keep passing rules designed to make the game safer, the players should get a vote on those rules.

“There's rule changes every year,” Polamalu said in an interview on ESPN's “SportsCenter.” “I do wish, however, that the NFL did have a voice from the players' side, whether it's our players' union president, or team captains, or our executive committee on the players' side. Because we're the guys that realize the risk, we're the guys on the field.”

Polamalu made his statements in regard to a recent new rule passed against delivering forcible blows with the crown of the helmet outside the tackle box. The NFL's competition committee did ask for player input on that rule before presenting the change to the owners, who approved it by a vote of 31-1.

Bears re-sign McCown

The Bears re-signed backup quarterback Josh McCown, agreeing to a one-year contract.

The 33-year-old McCown finished the last two years with the Bears, joining them each season in November after starter Jay Cutler was injured. In 10 NFL seasons with Arizona, Detroit, Oakland, Carolina and Chicago, he has started 33 of 50 games and completed 645 passes for 6,998 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Also, the Bears and former Jets guard Matt Slauson have agreed to a 1-year contract.

Slauson, 6-foot-5, 315-pounds, started 48 of 51 games with the Jets. Last season he didn't allow any sacks.

Raiders to acquire Flynn

The Raiders are expected to complete a trade for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn shortly, according to multiple reports.

The Raiders have been talking to Seattle about him recently, as had the Bills and Jaguars. Oakland is looking for options to replace Carson Palmer, who is to make $13 million for 2013 and has balked at a pay cut.

The Seahawks are looking to move Flynn's $5 million salary and give him a chance to start elsewhere, and they will consider Tyler Thigpen among the options to replace Flynn as Russell Wilson's backup, sources said.

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