Report: Tony Romo expects to be cut not traded

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It’s happening.

As PFT has long predicted (most recently just earlier this hour on The Dan Patrick Show), the Cowboys likely will be releasing not trading quarterback Tony Romo. While that hasn’t happened yet, it’s pointing in that direction.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Romo is expecting to be released, not traded.

Back in December, it was predicted on a special Saturday edition of Thursday Night Football that Romo would ask for his release — and that the Cowboys would be inclined to ultimately agree. Since then, it has been predicted in this spot and other PFT-related hangouts that Romo and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will hammer out a wink-nod arrangement in which Romo gets cut in return for a verbal agreement not to sign with specific other teams including but not limited to Washington. (It would be unenforceable and a Collective Bargaining Agreement violation, but Jones surely trusts that Romo wouldn’t blow the whistle or otherwise reneging.)

Apart from the complexity of trading an aging quarterback with a recent history of significant injuries, Romo would have to welcome a deal that transfers his contract (at a $14 million salary) to a new team for which he may or may not want to play. It makes more sense for him to negotiate a new deal from scratch with the team of his choice. And if that team doesn’t have to give up draft picks to get Romo, that team may be inclined to pay him even more than it otherwise would.

So count this report from Werder as Step One. Before too long, Romo could be stepping right out of Dallas, with an agreed list of potential destinations based on a secret side deal that no one ever will acknowledge.

71 responses to “Report: Tony Romo expects to be cut not traded

  1. Romo seems like a good guy and I wish him all the best, I just can’t see him lasting a full season though.

  2. And the Cowboys will regret this when Dak enjoys a Soph Slump and Romo regains his 2014 form in 2017…Tough Decisions! Jerrah made the call . Lets not downplay Dak but he will regress in 2017

  3. Bronco fan here. I am not trying to play GM, but I would be surprised to see him come to Denver. The Broncos OLINE wouldn’t be able to keep him upright for 5 minutes and Denver has more pressing needs than QB which last year was serviceable.

  4. Cutting him would be the classy thing to do. His value is ruined anyway. Nobody is going to give you full trade value for a guy that you plan on cutting at the end of training camp.
    And if you go the stubborn route and demand a trade, you’ll end up trading the guy that was the face of your franchise for a late 4th round pick. Which in a way would be humiliating for both parties.

    If you really did respect all that he did for you then just let him end his career on his own terms. Farve, Manning are both examples of this from the past. Thanks and Good luck rout is the way to go for a vet looking for their final contract.

  5. Even with compacted vertebrae he would be an immediate upgrade over the vinyl siding salesman the Dolphins currently have at QB.

  6. Who besides some clueless cowboy fans actually think romo isn’t going to be released and there is no possibility he is getting traded?

    The cowboys are going to have to deal with the cap situation created by the romo contract and their is no escape. The cowboys are getting nothing for romo and there is no escape.

    That there would be any real discussion of something else happening is really pretty silly if you actually had a brain and even gave it a little thought.

  7. mara (giants owner) is going to be screaming at any hint of a “side deal”. He’s likely polishing up his salary cap penalty gun as we speak. He’s also currently harbouring wife beaters and pedophiles on his team, which is just fine because he’s john mara and he said so.

  8. QB Film Room says:
    Feb 16, 2017 11:53 AM
    And the Cowboys will regret this when Dak enjoys a Soph Slump and Romo regains his 2014 form in 2017…Tough Decisions! Jerrah made the call . Lets not downplay Dak but he will regress in 2017
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    Yeah, Romo is going to regain his 2014 form without a dominant RB and an elite O-line…

    Theres a much better chance Romo will regain his true form. You know, the countless choking and throwing game ending INTs Romo we are all used to seeing. Mr. 2 playoff win in a decade QB.

  9. The good news for Tony is, he gets to choose where he goes next. The bad news is he’s going to have to take a pay cut. He’s made plenty of money so I think they are doing the right thing by him here.

  10. The Broncos have the Romo-friendly combination of a solid offensive line and rushing along with two solid WR’s. If they add a stud TE in the draft this could be the ideal fit.

    Honorable mention: Da Bears

  11. Romo is a good guy, probably has a little juice left in the tank, and it appears Jerry has deep affection and admiration for him. I would be shocked if he isn’t released!

    Come on Jerrah, RELEASE ROMO!

  12. I don’t agree with just cutting him. The dead money on his contract will still carry past this year. Cowboy’s will only save 5mil cap by cutting or trading for that matter.

    I keep him at 5 mil as a back up or Starter for that matter. Dak is a 4th round draft pick getting paid 4th round money and will continue to get paid 4th round money. (This is a Business) His contract is less than back up Vet QB money with team control.) The fact that Romo got hurt last year and they find this guy 3 guys deep on the depth chart is a blessing. Personally I let them compete for the starting job and would be happy with either starting or either backing up. Only way Romo goes if we get a Bradford like trade in return. And why not wait for that to happen.

  13. Dak Prescott will be a cheap starting Dallas Cowboy QB for the next several years and Romo will be the expensive back-up/insurance policy. Didn’t Dallas have a recent history of poor back-ups hurting them. Actually when they “found” Dak, he was going to be the back-up QB for a couple of years.

  14. The Buffalo Bills are a franchise QB from succeeding, #1 Rushing team and #30 passing shows what they are missing. The Bills are loaded with talent & now have a new amazing coach who’s not blowing smoke like Rex.

    It’s time for the AFC to get serious and take Brady’s AFC lock ~every season away, Romo would do just that.

    Go Bills !!

  15. skoobyfl says:
    Feb 16, 2017 12:32 PM
    The Buffalo Bills are a franchise QB from succeeding, #1 Rushing team and #30 passing shows what they are missing. The Bills are loaded with talent & now have a new amazing coach who’s not blowing smoke like Rex.

    It’s time for the AFC to get serious and take Brady’s AFC lock ~every season away, Romo would do just that.

    Go Bills !!
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    Worry about getting past Miami before you start thinking New England and Tom Brady. 🙂

  16. @ celticsforever – You see, this is why people hate Patriots fans. This makes those two huge Super Bowl wins for the Giants even better!

  17. I don’t agree with just cutting him. The dead money on his contract will still carry past this year. Cowboy’s will only save 5mil cap by cutting or trading for that matter.

    I keep him at 5 mil as a back up or Starter for that matter. Dak is a 4th round draft pick getting paid 4th round money and will continue to get paid 4th round money. (This is a Business) His contract is less than back up Vet QB money with team control.) The fact that Romo got hurt last year and they find this guy 3 guys deep on the depth chart is a blessing. Personally I let them compete for the starting job and would be happy with either starting or either backing up. Only way Romo goes if we get a Bradford like trade in return. And why not wait for that to happen.
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    Cowboys will get 14 million cap relief not 5 million if they designate him a post June 1st cut. and they can do that and release him prior to June 1st. Cowboys would be better served doing that and getting good free agent defensive players early in the offseason

  18. You go Tony!!! I can certainly cheer for 2 teams, until you hang ’em up 🙂 You did NOT deserve the treatment you received!!!

  19. For all the bashing I give to Jerry Jones (and rightfully so, I might add), here’s where he can prove is merit. Romo is due 18 mil, Dak $700,000 and Showers $500,000. That’s $19.2 mil in QB salaries. Ask Romo to take say, $9 mil as a backup and bump Dak to $9 mil. There’s obvious risk in paying a 2nd year QB that much money but if he has another strong season, DAL is ahead of the curve when Romo retires and Dak gets a salary more commensurate to his on field performance.

  20. I respect that some think Jerry some how owes Romo something. I don’t. He was and still could be in my opinion the Starting QB for the largest fan base and storied franchise in the world. He was at one time and for many years the highest paid player in the NFL. He is still being paid likely top 5 to 10 in the league. He has missed now almost two seasons to injury and got Paid.

    Jerry please do not get nothing. Wink nod or what ever he does not play for a NFC Team. No Matter. Hold on to him and get some value or keep him on the roster.

  21. Tennessee Titans where Mariota is recovering from injury! Or the Vikings…imagine Romo and Bradford…hurt during pre-game.

  22. They can’t afford him as their backup but they better find some solution there. Dak was amazing last season but there’s a very real possibility he regresses plus injuries are a matter of when, not if, in the NFL.

  23. I see the football know nothings are out in legion today. There is no guarantee he will stay healthy, but he has had some bad luck with injuries, that is all. He is still top 10 when healthy. As far as Dak, what evidence is there he will slump next year? The O-Line will be the same, all coaches are staying and he went from 3rd string QB to breaking rookie records and playing in such a veteran fashion that most experts were left with no way to explain it? Do some of you attribute that to luck? Was he launching desperate Eli Manning bombs that could never be duplicated? Was his nearly mistake free (even well beyond most vets) season an accident of some kind? Were his best moments while under the highest game time pressure due to some weird anomalies? Of course not. Lest you forget–Aaron Rodgers beat them playing at a level beyond compare, and only then did they barely eek out a win. Are you telling me after watching the Super Bowl that Dallas would have been stomped out by Atlanta had Rodgers not completed that pass? Please. Quit getting your football insight from the folks who troll here and ESPN. (I do not however think Dallas would have beat New England, as much as I would have loved to see them do it, it would have taken some kind of miracle to stop Brady)

  24. For those who say he is untradable.

    “The other important point about $14 million is that it is the price other teams would have to pay Tony Romo in 2017 if they traded for him and didn’t re-negotiate his contract. That’s pretty cheap for a starting quarterback these days. It would rank Romo 23rd for average annual cost among starters. Moreover, if Romo were to get hurt again, another team would have no dead cap hit if they decided to move on.” From VAfan. Jan 23rd SB Nation

    NO BRAINER for a team in need of a Starting QB. Less risk than picking anyone of the QB’s in this years draft who I am not sure any will be a Franchise QB.

  25. He will not get 14 mil CAP relief. They only get 5 mil Cap relief. They will not have to pay him his 14 mil. ((Yes you are correct about that.)) And as such the Cowboys save 14 mil Business $’s. Cap $ and Team$ are two different arguments.

    They do not gain 14 mil to spend some place else CAP.
    Jerry does get to keep 14 mil in his pocket however.

    I tend to think the most successful franchise in the NFL can afford that and NO Luxury Tax in the NFL.

  26. Romo’s not coming to the Bears. He knows what it’s like to be on a team that stinks (the Cowboys two years ago) and I’m pretty sure he’s not going to uproot his family just to be part of that again.

  27. Listen, Romo is a good/great QB when healthy, but he cant even stay healthy behind one of the best olines in the NFL, what would he be able to do behind any other teams oline is really a huge question an a large gamble for any GM

  28. 19 million in dead space money , and saving only 5 million in cap space makes me wonder why not just keep him, or you have to wait and cut him after June 1.

  29. only way Dallas would get higher than a 5th round pick is if it’s conditional and based on Romo’s performance

  30. Romo would rather be cut but that isn’t what is best for Dallas. Since Stephen Jones seems to be making the decisions lately I don’t see him getting cut. If cut he is $19M+ cap hit and if on the team he is $24M+. Dallas is in cap trouble so they will do everything to move that contract.

  31. Romo made it clear after Jones bought his bust to be put in the HoF that he had enough of the cows. Every day for the last two weeks Jones has been asking Tony what he thinks of his new Gold jacket. Even actually heard that Jones was considering changing the team color to gold and the name of the team to the Dallas Famers.
    No wonder he wants to leave.

  32. The Texans make too much sense for Romo. Their offensive line is good, not great, but it’s better than the Broncos’ line, they have a good running back and young receivers and a really good defense. And even if Romo missed 4-5 games, Osweiler has shown in the past he actually plays better backing up than being the full time starter.

  33. i think everyone needs to pump the brakes on Romo not having value in the trade market, did ya’ll watch the nfl last season? how many teams do not have a legit backup let alone a top quality starter? if none of these teams are willing to cough up a pick prior to the june 1 cut, then you think about cutting him–but until then, the only thought should be to try and move that contract. as far as the Dak regressing comments, ill just chalk that up to about 90% of those commenters don’t know their ass from their elbow when it comes to football and the other 10% are referring to injury–which is a risk every year with every position but you have to feel good about who we have at key positions.

  34. Niners, baby! So much cap room. Look for them to not only fix o-line issues, but restock Baalke’s empty cupboard of athletic playmakers.

  35. skoobyfl says:
    Feb 16, 2017 12:32 PM
    The Buffalo Bills are a franchise QB from succeeding, #1 Rushing team and #30 passing shows what they are missing. The Bills are loaded with talent & now have a new amazing coach who’s not blowing smoke like Rex.

    It’s time for the AFC to get serious and take Brady’s AFC lock ~every season away, Romo would do just that.

    ———————————————————-
    As a Bills fan all I can say is what are you smoking and do you have any more??????

  36. no the Cowboys would get 14 million salary cap relief if Romo is cut post June 1st…and they can designate him a June 1st cut and release him prior to that..look it up

  37. Jerry Jones has considered Tony Romo like a son for many years. He has backed him and financially rewarded him over and over again. To cut Tony now will be extremely difficult for Jerry, but it is probably the pragmatic thing to do.

  38. Romo is going to be very well rested and highly motivated. I’m sure he was extremely hurt when the Cowboys didn’t allow him to compete for his old job after he returned from injury. Rather than complain, he stepped back and thought it through. Then he came out with that press conference that really made him sound like a 100% dedicated Cowboy. His goal was to manipulate the Cowboys into giving him his unconditional release because he knew this day would finally come. I’m looking forward to Tony having the best year of his career next year. He could bring a super bowl title to a team like Kansas City.

  39. Not a Cowboys fan but why would you trade a guy when your team QB salary is okay considering Dak is making peanuts? The boys are a twisted ankle away from regretting this decision. Romo wasn’t complaining when he was signing those bonus checks. He will survive having to sit behind Dak another year or two.

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