Why wouldn't he? It isn't hopeful thinking, and it is pretty common around the NFL. If the money is the same but he gets more up front in a signing bonus that will be prorated, why on Earth would he not? It happens all the time. He won't be asked to take less money, it will just come in the form of a signing bonus. The team wouldn't do that with someone who could get paid and stop working like Haynesworth... but with a guy like Romo, you can be sure he will still be working hard. As far as the player is concerned, they all like the money up front. Why wouldn't they?