About commitment comments, Jones says Romo’s role has evolved

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his comments about quarterback Tony Romo being more involved in the offense and personnel decisions, as well as spending Peyton Manning-like time at the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters, were more about Romo’s growth within the organization than a suggestion he wasn’t already doing enough.

Jones said Romo wasn’t qualified or ready for the responsibility even three years ago, but is more than capable of handling it now.

“I want to use everything that he’s got in his computer,” Jones said. “The way to do that is have him involved in a lot of the design and the preparation as we not only prepare the team in general but as we prepare for the opponents. He’s qualified to do that.”

And while the foundation of Romo’s new role was borne out of the talks between the two sides leading up to the six-year, $108 million contract extension last month, it was a mutually agreed upon decision involving Jones, Romo and coach Jason Garrett.

“How can we take who you are, the great experience at your age, how can we take this experience and maximize it to win football games?” Jones said. “He has an excellent understanding, an excellent grasp of offensive concepts, an excellent grasp of what he and Jason have been involved in the last seven years.

“I’ve been told by many people who’ve worked closer with him than I [have] that they’ve never heard him have a bad idea, but as we all know you don’t just walk in and have a few good ideas and that be part of the game plan. You’ve got to have prepared, looked at a lot of film, watch your opponents and do that a lot. That takes more time to do and he’s going to be doing that.”

Randle limited

Rookie running back Joseph Randle will be limited in workouts until training camp as he continues to rehab from thumb surgery. Randle, the rookie fifth round pick who is supposed to share the load with starter DeMarco Murray, will wear a cast for six to eight weeks.

Jerry Jones said the team knew Randle’s situation when he was drafted. However, he said Randle won’t be completely idle as he takes part in some individual drills in minicamp and other on-field team activities leading up to training camp.

Free feedback

The Cowboys want right tackle Doug Free back, but it will have to be at the right price.

“I’d like to keep him,” Jerry Jones said Friday. “We think that Doug Free can be an important part of the team. He’s been here. We know him. We think that with what we’re doing in other parts of our offense, certainly in the offensive line, that this will bode well for him. So we think he can really be an asset to us.”

Free would not talk about the Cowboys’ request for a renegotiation at a team charity event Wednesday. Jones confirmed the Cowboys have asked Free to take a pay cut from the $7 million salary he is scheduled to make, though no timetable has been set for him make a decision.

“It’s no secret that we’re trying to renegotiate the contract,” Jones said.

Although the Cowboys likely would go after a veteran tackle — Eric Winston is the biggest name still on the free-agency market — if they move on from Free, Jones said Jermey Parnell is ready to take the next step.

Eye surgery

Jerry Jones sported sunglasses at minicamp on Friday to protect his eyes as he continues to recover from surgery on Wednesday to repair a damaged retina in his left eye.

“It’s fine, it went very well,” Jones said. “Actually, I don’t know when it was injured, but probably could have been as much as 10 to 15 years ago. It had me where I wasn’t hitting the curveball like I know that I can.”

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