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Jerry Jones: I paid Romo $100 million, so I want everything

Tony Romo, Jerry Jones

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2011, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and team owner Jerry Jones, right, talk before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in Arlington, Texas. Immediately after Dallas’ last game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, owner Jerry Jones said it’d be ashamed for the Cowboys not to make the playoffs the way Tony Romo is playing. The quarterback still won’t have a winning December, but he has thrown eight touchdowns with no interceptions this month for the NFC-East leading Cowboys. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made quarterback Tony Romo one of the highest-paid players in NFL history this offseason, and he also said publicly that he wants to see Romo spend more time in the facility and get more involved in the offense. That raises a question: If there were any issues with Romo’s commitment, why give him that kind of contract?

But Jones says it’s not about questioning Romo’s commitment. Instead, Jones told Albert Breer on NFL Network that he simply meant that if he’s going to pay someone the kind of money he’s paying Romo, he wants to be certain that player is giving everything he can possibly give to the team.

“When you give somebody $100 million, you’d like to get every ounce of anything they can bring to the table to win a football game,” Jones said.

Jones said he believes Romo is a great offensive mind who can add a lot to game planning sessions.

“He’s outstanding on offensive concepts and he’s got a vantage point that very few people have,” Jones said of Romo. “So anything that he can bring from the concept to the field has got to make us a better football team. I think it will.”

Romo has led the Cowboys to an 8-8 record in two straight seasons, but Jones says that doesn’t mean Romo is mediocre.

“We’ve been disappointed the last two years,” Jones said. “Nobody more so than him. We’re going to take what we’ve got with Romo’s great experience, ability, decision making, all of those things and we’re going to try to win more ballgames.”

Romo will have to help the Cowboys win a lot more ballgames to justify that contract.