Tony Romo was supposed to be released before free agency. But Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is holding things up all of the sudden.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was supposed to release QB Tony Romo ahead of free agency. That way, he can pick the team he can have the most success with for the rest of his career. And he can do so in time to get to know his new teammates and system.
But two days into free agency, there Romo is, still on the team.
Does Jones suddenly think he can get something for him?
Keeping Romo would make him the highest-paid backup QB in history. I’m sure the Cowboys don’t want a huge chunk of their salary cap space taken by a backup. The Cowboys will begin their the lifting and conditioning sessions of the offseason program starts in April.
They have to pay his $14 million salary if he suffers a season-ending injury during these workouts. Romo isn’t known for his ability to stay healthy so the Cowboys are better off getting rid of him now. But suddenly, the Cowboys want to play the Houston Texans against the Denver Broncos.
Both teams have interest in him but neither team is interested in trading for him. James Palmer of NFL Media reported per CBSSports that there’s “no guarantee” the Broncos will pursue Romo if he’s released. So a trade for his certainly isn’t in the cards.
The Texans, who need Romo more than the Broncos, aren’t interested in a trade either. But Jones wants to hold onto him to see if he can get something out of him. No one wants to give a 37-year-old, brittle QB that kind of money much-less trade for him for picks.
Let him go Jerry!