Here’s the breakdown of Romo’s contract, not including the $25 million signing bonus: 2013: $1.5 million base salary, $11.818 million cap figure 2014: $13.5 million base salary, $21.773 million cap figure 2015: $17 million base salary, $25.273 million cap figure 2016: $8.5 million base salary, $15.135 million cap figure 2017: $14 million base salary, $19 million cap figure 2018: $19.5 million base salary, cap figure 2019: $20.5 million base salary, cap figure With the high cap figures in 2014-15, the Cowboys can lower Romo’s base salaries to the league minimum and turn the difference into signing bonus. Such a move in 2014 could save the Cowboys $10 million in cap space but add $2.5 million to the cap figures in each of the remaining years. In the first three years of the deal, Romo will make $57 million for a $19 million average. In the first four years of the deal, he will make $65.5 for a $16.38 average. Without seeing the specific language, Romo was able to do well in the first three years and the team was able to do well over the first four years. Both sides would call that a win-win deal. http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4707104/breaking-down-tony-romos-contract The last few years are fluff. When we get to 2016, he will have 5M left in bonus money and will be 37 years old. Much better contract when you actually know the details.