It appears the Dallas Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
Source says Tony Romo expecting release, not trade, and believes he can start as #NFL QB 2-3 more seasons despite turning 37, injury history
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) February 16, 2017
The potential decision comes as a slight surprise, as most were expecting the team to pull off a trade that would send Romo to one of the many quarterback-needy teams in the NFL. If the report is true, however, it seems Jerry Jones decided to give Romo the Peyton Manning treatment from when he was released by the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.
The move isn’t about saving money because the cap hit is essentially the same whether the team releases or trades Romo before June 1st – which would save $5.1 million in cap space. So, the chances are that this decision comes down to doing right by a guy that handled losing his job — due to injury — with more class than anyone could’ve imagined.
Losing any job is tough, but losing your job as America’s quarterback to a 4th-round rookie, that was drafted to be your backup – is absolutely crushing. Still, Romo was supportive of Dak Prescott, doing everything he could to help the kid have success. There’s no doubt Romo’s influence contributed to the quick development of Prescott. Can you imagine Brett Favre doing this?
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The least Jerry Jones can do is let Tony pick where he plays next season and find a team that’s going to be a good fit for the few years he has left in this league. I know it’s tough on Cowboys fans to lose a guy that’s better than all but probably ten quarterbacks in the league, for nothing, but he earned it with the way he has handled everything.
So if Romo does get released, what would be the best spot for him? Most will say Denver, referencing that they are essentially in the same situation that they were during the 2012 offseason when they signed Manning. They have a late 1st-round pick in Paxton Lynch, but he’s probably a year or two away from being ready. Romo, like Manning did, would give Denver an immediate upgrade over what they have now. Other possibilities are the Jets, the Texans, and possibly the 49ers.
The last time Romo played was in Week 17 against the Eagles. Watch what was likely his last drive as a Cowboy for yourself HERE!