Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will enter the final year of his contract in 2013, and the Cowboys reportedly want to sign him to an extension before it expires.
However, ESPNDallas.com reported discussions on a new contract for Romo have not begun.
Talks about a contract extension were suspended during the 2012 season.
Romo conceivably could play out the 2013 season and become a free agent. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said last week the team considers Romo an important part of the team's future.
"Tony is a key piece of what we're about going forward," Jones said, according to ESPNDallas.com. "We're certainly going to be looking at his situation (in) time. "We've historically (extended contracts) with quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys ahead of time. We did it with Troy (Aikman) and we certainly want to look at that with Tony so we can all move forward in terms of how we want to play around our salary cap with our team. Tony is the key piece in terms of how your cap is represented."
Romo is scheduled to earn $11.5 million in base salary in 2013, and he represents a $16.8 million hit on the team's salary cap.