Tony Romo QB DAL 3 Months

Owner Jerry Jones insisted Johnny Manziel was "never really a consideration" for the Cowboys at the No. 16 overall pick.

It's believed Dallas debated taking Manziel because he was their highest-rated player, but they opted for G/T Zack Martin, and have lost no faith in Tony Romo. "There's no way any quarterback comes in here and beats out Tony Romo," Jones said. "As you well know in here, Romo -- by contract as well as by commitment -- is going to be the quarterback for the Cowboys for several years to come."

Tony Romo QB DAL 3 Months

Tony Romo (back surgery) was throwing during Tuesday's minicamp workouts.

Tony Romo QB DAL 3 Months

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett believes Tony Romo is still in the prime of his career, and that his arm is "better than ever."

"He hasn't lost any mobility, ability to get away from people," Garrett said of his 34-year-old quarterback, who is recovering from his second back operation. "We feel like Tony Romo has a lot of years of great football left in him." Due $13.5 million between salary and bonuses this season, Romo is signed through 2019, but has only $7.5 million in fully guaranteed money remaining beyond 2014.

Tony Romo QB DAL 3 Months

Jason Witten says Tony Romo (back surgery) has had the "same zip (as always)" on his throws this spring.

"He is throwing good," Witten said. By every account, Romo is progressing on schedule. He should be 100 percent well before training camp.

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Tony Romo (back surgery) is doing light throwing and running this week.

It's confirmation that Romo's availability for training camp is not in doubt. In fact, he could very well be ready to go once the Cowboys move on from this conditioning week and onto OTAs. Dynasty owners should have more concerns on the 34-year-old Romo than re-draft speculators.

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Tony Romo (back surgery) will participate in this week's OTAs.

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Troy Aikman said he would be a bit concerned over Tony Romo's back woes.

Romo, who will turn 34 on Monday, has undergone two back surgeries within the last year. Aikman had his first back surgery at 26 years old and then faced more back issues just before his retirement age 34. Of course, medicine has come a long way in the last 15 years and the Cowboys have expressed no concern over Romo's health. His rehab remains on schedule.

Tony Romo QB DAL 4 Months

Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo is ahead of schedule in rehabilitation from his back surgery.

Romo has yet to resume throwing to receivers, but is expected to participate in OTAs, albeit in a limited fashion. It's not a surprise that the Cowboys are all sunshine about Romo's status, but there doesn't appear to be any reason for concern.

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Tony Romo (back surgery) said he's had "no setbacks of any kind."

Romo underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in December. "We're getting close now," he said. "Usually it takes three months, it's just normal kind of roundabout date that they give you and we're right on schedule." Romo spent time at Duke over the last week, working with coach David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe helped Peyton Manning with his mechanics following his 2011 neck surgery.

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The Cowboys have converted $12.5 million of Tony Romo's $13.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, clearing cap room in 2014.

Moves like this ensure future cap woes, but are needed by financially-strapped teams like Dallas simply to get under the 2014 cap. Romo's 2014 salary cap figure has now dropped from $21.773 million to $11.773 million. The Cowboys created $6.8 million on Monday by doing similar things with the contracts of CB Orlando Scandrick and MLB Sean Lee. They're now roughly $1 million over the cap.