Report: Romo can’t be tagged in 2014

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Well, now we know why the Cowboys have been so interested in trying to extend the contract of quarterback Tony Romo.

Apart from the importance of reducing his $16.8 million cap number for 2013, Romo’s contract was crafted in a way that prevents the Cowboys from applying the franchise tag in 2014.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Romo’s contract extends beyond 2013 by three years.  (According to NFLPA records, it definitely does.)  Thus, Romo will become a free agent in 2014 not by the expiration of the deal, but by the voiding of the final three years.

And while the deal apparently doesn’t include a no-tag provision, Rapoport explains that the deal will void after the deadline passes for using the franchise tag.

In other words, Romo won’t be a pending free agent — and in turn not eligible to be tagged — during the two-week franchise-tag window in February 2014.  Then, after the window closes, the contract will void, making Romo a free agent.

Allowing that loophole to exist in the deal would be enough to get the owner to fire the General Manager.  If the owner wasn’t the General Manager.

105 responses to “Report: Romo can’t be tagged in 2014

  1. I don’t understand how “if Romo is on the roster in 2014 the contract will void” as Rapoport suggests. How is that a contract with another 3 years on it? How can you be under contract yet it will void while you’re on it? Surely one or other of Romo or the Cowboys will have the choice whether to void it?

    If that is the case then perhaps Romo won’t want to void it; after all he is on nearly $17 million this year, how much could he earn next year?

  2. I agree 100%. As a now long time suffering Dallas fan, as the glory days are so far in the review mirror, I am no longer sure if they really even happened at this point, I love when Jerry describes the fact that the GM cannot get fired as a GOOD THING for the team because it allows him to make jack-a$$ decisions without repercussions! Gotta love it.

    “Allowing that loophole to exist in the deal would be enough to get the owner to fire the General Manager. If the owner wasn’t the General Manager.”

  3. That’s interesting. Can you see the Jag’s making Romo the highest paid player in football next year. Something I can’t see the Cowboys doing. Or even the Jets, how crazy would that be?

  4. “enough to get the owner to fire the General Manager. If the owner wasn’t the General Manager.”

    As much as I would love for Jerry to not be the GM, he is. Not sure throwing out that line every chance you get changes anything and is becoming unnecessary. But this is a stupid loophole and I won’t be mad to see Tony go.

  5. I don’t see this as a bad thing…as a life long cowboys fan I am sicken by the state of the team..cap mess…poor drafts…sticking by a choke artist qb…worst gm in sports…puppet coach…so on and so on…I see this as a way out…time to rebuild !!!! starting with qb and gm!!…I can dream cuz none of this will be true…and please stop with ….look at his numbers…blah blah…u play to win the game!!!!!

  6. Will be awesome watching Romo become a free agent and sign with some awful team like Buffalo, resulting in a massive trainwreck.

  7. First the guy sells Super Bowl tickets that don’t exist, and now the last three years of Romo’s contract apparently won’t exist either.

    Obviously, this means he’s drafting Manti Te’O with his first rounder.

  8. cardmagnet says:Mar 29, 2013 10:09 AM

    Wait. Why are three years of his contract being voided?

    It voids if Romo wants it to. So why not? He can make big bucks, he’s not going to a super bowl with Dallas anyway.

  9. Maybe the Cowboys should just let Romo go? Start over from scratch, because it doesn’t seem that Romo can get the job done. I mean how many more years of mediocrity does Jones need to see before making a move? A good G.M. knows when he has something good and also knows when to call it quits with something that is not there. Let him walk Jones, he just doesn’t have what it takes.

  10. luckyexpert says:Mar 29, 2013 9:50 AM

    I know you like to rag on Jerry Jones, but he doesn’t write the contracts. Stephen Jones does.

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    Dude, if you really think Jerry doesn’t sign off on EVERY contract, you’re almost as delusional as Jerry.

  11. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says:
    Mar 29, 2013 9:57 AM

    This just in, Tony Romo is awful and the Patriots will win the next 5 Super Bowls.

    ——————————–

    Who are these “Kiss My Taint Patriots” that supposedly rule?

    Imagine THAT logo.

  12. nflintheuk says:
    Mar 29, 2013 9:49 AM
    I don’t understand how “if Romo is on the roster in 2014 the contract will void” as Rapoport suggests. How is that a contract with another 3 years on it? How can you be under contract yet it will void while you’re on it? Surely one or other of Romo or the Cowboys will have the choice whether to void it?

    If that is the case then perhaps Romo won’t want to void it; after all he is on nearly $17 million this year, how much could he earn next year?
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    the original numbers were:
    2014: $15,773,000
    2015: $16,773,000
    2016: $16,135,000

    however, as said in the article above, 2014-16 are voidable if he remains with the team through 2013. so those numbers above don’t matter at all.

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys/tony-romo/

  13. Worst gm in the league. We all know jerry surrounds himself with yes men. He thinks his team is one draft pick away from the Superbowl, so he trades picks to move in draft instead of getting depth at positions. Besides tyron smith, that oline is garbage.
    One playoff win in fifteen years proves my point

  14. Poor Jerry. He’s NEVER understood the CBA and thus has never been able to perform as a GM adequately……and never will!
    If Romo is smart, unless JJ opens the Bank, he should become a URFA in 2014. As no one will be available in 2014, he should be able to name his price on the open market.

  15. Not a big deal. Why is it so important to be able to franchise someone? If you can, it makes you try less to sign him. If you can’t, then you try harder.

  16. Say what you will about Jerry Jones, but he has never been considered particularly difficult to negotiate contracts with. He’s not exactly known for being tight with his wallet. In addition, he has never lost a high profile player to free agency that he wanted to re-sign.

    Combine those things with Jerry’s obvious desire for one last championship, and I believe he will wrap up Tony Romo’s contract before training camp.

    While there is no evidence Romo wants to move on, he is taking a big risk if he opts for a fresh start somewhere else in 2014.

  17. All this amounts is more money for Promo. He’s gonna get Flacco money and by no means deserves it. What bothers me most is he doesn’t ever look like he cares after he throws 3 pics in EVERY clutch game. His acting job in the post game press conference is tiring.

  18. luckyexpert says: Mar 29, 2013 9:50 AM

    I know you like to rag on Jerry Jones, but he doesn’t write the contracts. Stephen Jones does.

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    Jerruh owns the team which kind of makes him responsible – no?

    And the next GM will likely be Stephen so the fun will continue for another generation!

  19. As a Cowboys fan I’m ready to see Romo behind a solid line, but I wish it would have been in Dallas. Guys don’t put up numbers like he has over the period of time he has in the NFL without having any talent to play the game. Since we’re on our way from mediocrity to disaster I hope for his sake he gets a chance to jump ship and a real shot at shutting up the critics. If you put Romo in Flacco or Eli’s situation he would have a few rings to show for it.

  20. largent80 says:Mar 29, 2013 10:14 AM

    First the guy sells Super Bowl tickets that don’t exist, and now the last three years of Romo’s contract apparently won’t exist either.

    Obviously, this means he’s drafting Manti Te’O with his first rounder.

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    Isn’t Romo the only real difference between the Cowboys and the Bills?

  21. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says:Mar 29, 2013 10:12 AM

    Will be awesome watching Romo become a free agent and sign with some awful team like Buffalo, resulting in a massive trainwreck.

    ________

    Isn’t Romo the only real difference between the Cowboys and the Bills?

  22. Actually its Stephen Jones should be fired if we are using that system. He does the contracts

  23. please do not let this happen! i know most people dont like romo, but the guy is a solid starter. he has the potential to take this team far. theyre a mistake here and there from being a contending team. i feel like last year was a huge step for this team, they seem to be maturing. dez was a beast, murray is reliable, theyre defense is sure to do some damage. romo, please stay..please

  24. Dallas needs to make a choice. Either go for it all THIS YEAR or tear-down, trade some guys, free up cap room and stockpile draft picks for the future.

  25. largent80,
    please don’t say that, because i truly believe Jerry is going to do something stupid like that in this year’s draft instead of getting what’s needed like a guard or tackle for that line. If I was Romo I would wait to see what this organization does before i place my name on the dotted line!!

    Being a Cowboys fan I truly believe that idiot would do that so he can market Manti….! UGHhhhhh………help?

  26. All you Romo haters out there couldn’t wait top see Romo go, now you are complaining about his contract. If the c Cowboys let Tony go I guarantee he will not be on the market long and will make big money. By the way you trash talkers will be glad to have him on your team. Give Romo a good offensive line and a super bowl will be in his future. You Cowboy haters go bug your own team if you have one and Cowboy fans either support your or find another one. Give Tony an offensive line and he will get Flacco money next year.

  27. I don’t think it will be this simple. The CBA says that a team can franchise a player that is to become a free agent. It may turn out to be something that gets worked out in arbitration, but the point of the franchise tag is to bring equity to the NFL team while compensating the player.

    If you can get around it this easy then every player will start to craft their contracts this way.

  28. I’d say Tony has a pretty sharp agent.
    I don’t see Romo going anywhere other than the BANK. Jerry has no other choice than offering Tony a new deal that will be in the $18 – 20 mil range over 5 years with $40 mil guaranteed.
    Where is he going to find a top caliber QB free agent. Maybe trade for Matt Flynn ? I doubt it.

  29. Trade him to the jaguars for next years 1st rounder. Qb class looks much better next year. While you’re at it move Ware after this season. I know that’s blasphemy to some but he’s on the downside. As much as I love what he’s done for the ‘boys we need to build for the future. Not every player is John Elway where they can go out on top

  30. This article was as clear as mud.
    I still don’t understand the reasoning why he would become a free agent if he has 3 years left.

  31. I live to hear Troy Aikman praise Tony Romo every Sunday, even when he’s not doing a Cowboys game. Lets face facts here, Tony Romo is “the” standard that all QB’s are judged against.

  32. The only thing for Jerry to do now is pay Romo $26 million a year now to beat Rodgers, so Jerry can claim the highest paid player. Score!

  33. forget waiting I would trade him to the jets for whatever they were offering. knowing Rex it would probably be the next seven drafts. as the furthest thing on earth from being a Cowboys fan let me say this. it’s time for a new direction in big D. I was shocked and awed when you didn’t fire the living howdy doody and bring in nervous Norvall Turner. I was taken aback when you fired Rob you gonna finish that doughnut Ryan, but non of these things are as appalling as watching you people blindly follow and worship the false idol that is Tony Romo. whatever enjoy that view from second place

  34. With Tony Romo being 34 years of age going into 2014 and also a notorious choker, why does anybody think it would be a smart move for Tony Romo to voluntarily void three years of contract that pay him 40 million dollars?

  35. The Jets would take Romo in a heartbeat. Cowboys fans have no clue. I suppose it was Romo’s fault when he rallied the team in the late 4th quarter just to see the crappy defense give up big plays and lose the game. Oh Yeah, it was Tonys fault they have a screen door for an O Line. Definitely his fault they draft like crap and do dumb contracts that create salary cap problems. Yup, It’s all Tony’s fault. Go Cowboys ??? I can’t wait to see them fail miserably and be the laughing stock of the NFL with some rookie or back up QB after they trade Romo.

  36. seatownballers says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:34 AM
    Worst gm in the league. We all know jerry surrounds himself with yes men. He thinks his team is one draft pick away from the Superbowl, so he trades picks to move in draft instead of getting depth at positions. Besides tyron smith, that oline is garbage.
    One playoff win in fifteen years proves my point
    +-+-+
    Didn’t I see something today reporting that there are no draftees from the 2009 draft left on the Cowboys?

    That’s a whole draft down the drain and he thinks he is one draft choice away from the SuperBowl?

    Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. See a pattern here?

  37. This is actually a nonissue to an extent. The facts are they would never put the tag on him anyway because the tag would be roughly 20 million plus another 8 million that would have been spread over the 2014-2016 portion of the contract when it becomes voided. Nobody would tag any player for 28 million. It does however give Romo leverage because they could not prevent him from hitting free agency. But then again, any player could refuse an extension and force their team to tag them or hit free agency. This deal will get done and the technical numbers will likely be something crazy like over 100 million but with 40-45 million guaranteed. Against some Cowboys fans wishes, he will remain a Cowboy.

  38. Why on earth would you want to tag Captain Choke in the first place? The guy isn’t worth half of what they pay him now, the franchise tag would only make it WORSE.
    Trade romo now while he has some value to maybe the Jets or Bills. Play orton this year and draft your QB of the future next year. Of course you would need at least a half way competent GM to accomplish any of those things. Something EVERYBODY but Jerrah knows they dont have.

  39. At first, I didn’t understand how a contract could auto-void. Why bother wasting the ink on phantom years of a deal?

    The deal auto-voids if he’s on the Cowboy’s roster in 2013. Meaning, if he was on another team’s roster, for whatever unlikely reason, ’14-’16 would still be on the books.

    This is one of the reasons why it bugs me so much when people say, for instance, “Percy Harvin 6 years $67 mil”. When has ANYBODY EVER played out a 6 or 7 year deal?

  40. cardmagnet says: Mar 29, 2013 10:09 AM

    Wait. Why are three years of his contract being voided?
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    Phantom years in contracts aren’t as rare as you might think. This practice lets the agent make it appear that they negotiated a better contract than they did (which helps them sign new clients), and it allows teams to shift even more of the cap hit to future years since there are theoretically more years to the contract.

  41. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Romo’s contract extends beyond 2013 by three years. (According to NFLPA records, it definitely does.) Thus, Romo will become a free agent in 2014 not by the expiration of the deal, but by the voiding of the final three years.
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    I see that Florio can’t explain it, either.

  42. The interesting thing is those 3 seasons (2114-2116) are NOT voidable if he is traded. Thus giving a new team back the negotiating power Jones has lost.

    Would a swap of QB’s somewhere work with Romo? Palmer for Romo? Rivers for Romo? Could a combination of picks and/or a stop-gap QB get a deal done if Jones feels the negotiations are at a standstill?

    Could be a very interesting story between now and the draft. In a QB short off-season, maybe Jerry could pull off another Hershall Walker trade 🙂

  43. WHATS JERRY JONES ON? HIS PIXS SUCK! HE DOESNT HAVE A CLUE WHATS HAPPENING. HE HAS RUINED THE COWBOYS SINCE HE TOOK OVER. THE COWPOKES WILL NEVER WIN UNTIL HE FINDS SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS FOOTBALL!

  44. Dallas fans-your stuck with Romo and Jones.Two mental midgets who are all glitz and no substance.

  45. As exceptional as Jerry is as a business man…he’s worth close to $3 billion…that’s as bad as he is as a football man. I’m a long time Cowboys fan who wishes the owner would swallow his pride and allow a football man to fix the mess, turn the team back into a winner and thus make even more money because of it. Until that happens Cowboys fans will continue to feel the same pain as Jets fans. Oh…the pain! Lmao.

  46. mjkelly77 says:Mar 29, 2013 2:33 PM

    According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Romo’s contract extends beyond 2013 by three years. (According to NFLPA records, it definitely does.) Thus, Romo will become a free agent in 2014 not by the expiration of the deal, but by the voiding of the final three years.
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    I see that Florio can’t explain it, either.

    I don’t see it complicated to figure out either. But then you are talking about Cowboy fans……….:)

  47. When you look at these 6 – 7 year deals what you have to look at is the first 2 to 3 years of the deal and how much money they get in that time frame including the signing bonus. Thats usually the REAL DEAL. The last half of the contract is there to spread the signing bonus. If the player gets cut, you accelerate the remaining money attached to the signing bonus. Thats called dead money.
    Sometimes the contract is written that the player can void the last year or two. Exactly what Stephen Jackson did this offseason.

  48. This is a mistake of monumental proportions if Romo gets away from the Cowboys because of this contract loophole. I’m a KNOWLEDGEABLE Cowboy fan and I know the value of one Tony Romo. Without Romo you have an unwatchable team. A team that would struggle to win between 1 and 4 games a year. It’s too bad that there are so many Cowboy fans who have bashed this great QB. I get all the haters that love to bash the Cowboy players but Cowboy fan should know better. Were they asleep during the QB shuffle era between Aikman and Romo? To all you haters that love to bash Romo: You’ll be begging your team to sign Romo if he should become a free agent. You are drooling now. Anyone who knows football knows that Romo is a great QB and if he gets away this will be Jerry Jones’s biggest blunder ever. This is a sad, sad day for the KNOWLEDGEABLE Cowboy fan.

  49. If you can’t tag him use a 3rd rounder for a future QB.

    You just need someone who’s accurate because Romo’s ball location is either good or inexistent in games.

    Matt Scott should be that option and after he’s picked the Cowboys should just use the “we’re adding depth” cliche.

  50. Romo has no intentions of playing anywhere else.

    And who cares if the contract doesn’t get done – make him play and win in big games before you give him a ton of money.

    Pretty simple formula if you ask me…I’ll say it again Romo has no intentions of playing on another team.

  51. @cowboyfan4lyfe

    What is the mistake? Are you saying you would like to tag him for 28 million? I agree with your perspective that Romo is an elite QB regardless of what anyone says. However you would never tag him for that much so it is not relevant. I would put my money on them signing him before the beginning of this season. He has a lot to lose as well. He could have a bad 2013 or have a serious injury. It is in his and the organizations best interest to get this deal done before the season ends.

  52. Jerry Jones – Trade these old men away while they are worth picks!!!!!!! Its time to rebuild dude – you have the oldest team in the league!!!!

  53. Too late – Tony signed. 6 years. 55 mil guaranteed. More than Flacco. have a nice day.

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