The Cowboys have invested more than money in Tony Romo. They have also staked their faith in the quarterback.

Dallas has made it known that they would like extend Romo’s contract. But their interest in lengthening Romo’s deal isn’t based solely on the financial considerations and the salary cap constraints they’re facing at the present time.

“We believe he is the guy going forward, first and foremost,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said earlier this week at the NFL scouting combine. “We just believe we can win a championship with him.”

Although Romo just completed his 10th season in the league, the Cowboys don’t view him as a player nearing the downside of his career. They point to the fact that Romo didn’t throw a pass in a regular-season game during his first three years in the league.

“I think Tony’s a young player,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s 32 right now but if you remember he didn’t play his first three or four years at all, so he’s been a starter for six years and he has a lot of football in front of him. I think if you watch him play you see a guy who can move, a guy who the ball really jumps out of his hand, very spontaneous as a player, so you see no signs of him getting old as a player so we feel good about him for a long time to come.”