Earlier today, the Dallas Cowboys reached out to quarterback Tony Romo to inform him that the team will release him tomorrow. As the NFL’s Ian Rappaport confirms below, this is more than just speculation.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
It’s great that Dallas found Dak Prescott, but take a second to appreciate just how good Romo has been for the Cowboys. Did he win a Super Bowl? No. What he did do, however, was come out of nowhere (Eastern Illinois) to become America’s quarterback and put the Cowboys back on the map.
There were big-time blunders, but also moments that would make Brett Favre smile, during Romo’s 14 years in Dallas. Look at what he did as a Cowboys quarterback and where he ranks in franchise history in this NFL Network graphic I tweeted.
— Matthew Urben (@Matturben88) March 8, 2017
Jerry Jones had tried to play it cool, but it has been clear that releasing Romo is the right thing to do. Mostly because teams weren’t going to give up a whole lot for Romo, and his salary cap hit wasn’t going to be easy to swallow regardless, as Lindsay Rhodes points out here.
Seeing lots about Romo's release helping DAL cap situation: if they designate him as a post June 1 release, they'll get no relief until then
— Lindsay Rhodes (@lindsay_rhodes) March 8, 2017
So where do the Cowboys go from here? Kellen Moore could finally get his shot to be a backup quarterback. Before all of the draft madness took over last offseason, there were a lot of Kellen Moore believers out there.
Ever since his fantastic preseason run from a few years ago, after signing with Detroit as an undrafted free agent from Boise State, Moore has patiently waited for his chance. If the Cowboys don’t sign Josh McCown, Moore may get his chance this season behind Dak Prescott.
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Without Moore’s injury last year, Prescott’s run may have never happened. Moore has always been an efficient, capable passer, but lacks the size to build your team around. Prescott was forced into action when Romo went down after a hit from Cliff Avril. Romo would get one more shot in a meaningless, late-season game against the Eagles, in which he played well.
So, where will he go now? Some say Denver, others say Houston, and I personally like Chicago. It’s up to Romo, though, and it should be. It’s a bittersweet feeling for Cowboys fans. But, I’ll leave you with one of his greatest moments!