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Jerry Jones: No truth to three-way rumors, Tony Romo might still stay

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Jerry Jones isn’t considering any three-way deals. Trades, you weirdo.

The Cowboys owner told reporters on his bus today at the Scouting Combine that the reported/maybe/possibly considered/future inclusion of Tony Romo into a rumored/convoluted swap between Washington and San Francisco was news to him.

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones said that wasn’t a possibility, and that there was no legitimacy to the reports.

That’s frankly what you’d expect him to say, as the initial report was so full of conditions that it was hard to believe.

Jones also refused to rule out the possibility of Romo returning to the Cowboys next season as a $14 million backup to Dak Prescott,

I have not ruled out the possibility of him being a part of the Cowboys at all,” he said, via Todd Archer of

Frankly, that’s just as unbelievable as the three-way trade, but it’s the thing he has to say while preserving all his options for possibly trading Romo in the coming days.

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26 Responses to “Jerry Jones: No truth to three-way rumors, Tony Romo might still stay”
  1. youbettercallsaul says: Mar 4, 2017 3:56 PM

    He may not be into three way deals, but Jerry likes gloryholes.

  2. jjb0811 says: Mar 4, 2017 3:56 PM

    If that 3 way trade goes through, 9ers and Skins will still suck. Dallas will win by drafting better over past few seasons.

  3. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Mar 4, 2017 3:57 PM

    But I don’t believe it. In fact I think the three-way would involve Troy Aikman as well

  4. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 4, 2017 4:13 PM

    Thanks Jeerah. If your lips are moving, it must be true.

  5. realfootballfan says: Mar 4, 2017 4:17 PM

    That’s an awkward headline. Are we talking about the party bus now or football?

  6. patriots123456 says: Mar 4, 2017 4:45 PM

    Of course HE IS GOING TO STAY.

    Just long enough to clean out his locker.

  7. bengalsofthenorth says: Mar 4, 2017 4:46 PM

    Ugh. I just threw up.

  8. rootpain says: Mar 4, 2017 4:47 PM

    Of course he is going to deny it. It wasn’t his idea. So even if the idea had merit, he would not only deny it, he would dismiss it. That’s the way Jerry Jones works.

  9. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 4, 2017 4:50 PM

    “Jones also refused to rule out the possibility of Romo returning to the Cowboys next season as a $14 million backup to Dak Prescott.”

    I don’t understand the rush to get rid of Tony Romo. I know Jerry Jones likes and wants to accommodate him if he can. If they get something in return, great. But we all saw how Dallas struggled the years Romo went down. Right now, Romo is a more-than-competent backup and great insurance. Romo is due $14 million in 2017 – a lot for a backup. But Dak Prescott, in the second season of his rookie deal, is due only $635,848 (540,000 base, $95,848 signing bonus). The Cowboys would spend less than $15 million total on the position by keeping Romo one more season. That’s not a ton of money to invest at QB in today’s market, especially two good ones. Some teams are spending more on just one. That amount is the same regardless of who actually starts. Rules prohibit the Cowboys from giving Prescott a raise until after his third season, so it’s not like he can feel slighted or pout because he’s making less than Romo. Many veteran backups would make more than Prescott. I get why Romo wants to go, but minus a great trade, is that in Dallas’ best interests?

  10. faithful49er707 says: Mar 4, 2017 4:51 PM

    It’s all rumor

    No talk about a three way

    He’s loyal to Tony

    Their happy with each other

  11. rootpain says: Mar 4, 2017 4:54 PM

    rootpain says:
    Mar 2, 2017 3:22 PM
    But since we are discussing convoluted quarterback possibilities, another scenario that is entirely possible is that Garoppolo is phased in/Brady phased out over a four to five year period.
    I don’t think it was lost on anybody, including Brady, that the four game suspension may have actually benefitted Brady. So who’s to say they have havent discussed a phase in plan where Garoppolo takes over completely in four or five years. Until then, JG plays something like 4 then 5 then 7 then 9 games or something as long as Brady is healthy.
    Brady has always been willing to do team friendly deals. And JG seems to be a team friendly type of guy. I can see a scenario where as long as Brady gets to play for another 4 years, he would absolutely welcome the mentoring/shared responsibility role.
    Costly, sure. But if anyone could afford it, its the Patriots. And it’s just crazy enough that Belichick could pull it off cause no one else has done it or could do it. Brady might consider it because it would also support his preparation regemine and smooth his transition to post playing days. JG might consider it if guarantees he get x number of guaranteed starts per year and gets to stay with the elite team of the millennium. Ernie Adams would love it cause it would give him another variable to add to his algorithm that has never been used before. Belichick would love it cause afterall, its just another variation of situational football. All other team members would love it cause it would result in even greater success for NE, which would then increase their NE endorsement value and their post NE FA value. Wins for everybody. Except all other teams and Park Avenue.

  12. dbatrox21 says: Mar 4, 2017 5:18 PM

    Why would Dallas have been talking to Josh McCown if they’re not looking to getting rid of Romo? They need the the cap space…and the calm roster….

  13. vavikingfan says: Mar 4, 2017 5:59 PM

    You heard it here first…Cleveland is going to trade all their picks for Tony Romo and three bags of used footballs.

  14. ripwarrior says: Mar 4, 2017 6:19 PM

    When I read jerry and threeway I immediately thought of the pic with him and those two younger women.

  15. spook1320 says: Mar 4, 2017 7:00 PM


    Why would Dallas have been talking to Josh McCown if they’re not looking to getting rid of Romo? They need the the cap space…and the calm roster….


    1. Don’t be naive.

    “Talking with” is just doing due diligence. No one knows what might get offered for Romo, and what choices might have to be made, and you do your homework if you have an intelligence at all.

    Beyond that, don’t be naive that sometimes sources are a little less than accurate. It’s part of the business that you have to generate readership, and some reporters have a better track record than others of reporting substance over click-bait. Don’t trust just because it’s been reported.

    2. Cap space?

    The net for 2017, once you’ve replaced Tony with a typical $2-$5m contract for a back-up?

    About enough to sign a #2 WR.

    Would the Raiders have rather had a #2 WR or a pro bowl QB in January?

    Having said that, it does make some sense longer term to deal with Romo’s contract. It just doesn’t have to be done this season.

    3. Calm roster, I take to mean, low-drama roster… right?

    If so… just how badly did that high-drama roster hurt them this season?


    And why didn’t it hurt?

    What no one wants to admit is that you finally have a situation in NFL history where the two alpha dog QBs involved are actual team-first guys.

    Why everyone wants to just play the cynic instead of taking what is empirically observable from history is an interesting psychosocial lesson in how humans interact. It’s right damn there in front of your eyes and ears, but yet, no, never mind what happened, that was all an illusion, and we dare not let camp get started and allow these two to have a competition for the starting nod.

    Why? You know? I mean, look at the Patriots. Drama free roster there if ever there was one.


  16. abninf says: Mar 4, 2017 7:01 PM

    thisoneguy1 says:

    I don’t understand the rush to get rid of Tony Romo.

    I haven’t detected any rush from Jerry, only the media.

  17. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 4, 2017 7:08 PM

    dbatrox21 says:
    Why would Dallas have been talking to Josh McCown if they’re not looking to getting rid of Romo? They need the the cap space…and the calm roster….
    I’ll say off the top that you very well could be right. But consider three points:
    1. Just because they’re talking to Josh McCown doesn’t necessarily mean Tony Romo is gone. Perhaps they want to cover their bases in case they get an offer they can’t refuse and want to have a backup plan in place;
    2. As I wrote earlier, if Romo stays they’d spend less than $15 million total on the position. Maybe they’re comfortable signing a rookie or low-cost backup and hoping Dak Prescott doesn’t get hurt, but that strategy hasn’t worked so well for them in the past;
    3. I think by now most Dallas vets are comfortable with Prescott as the starter. Romo wants to play for sure, but I don’t think he’s the kind of guy that will disrupt the locker room if he stays.

  18. motsuret06 says: Mar 4, 2017 7:24 PM

    Jerruh Jones is not to be believed. Don’t you believe it.

  19. v2787 says: Mar 4, 2017 7:30 PM

    I never believe a word Jerruh says, ever. He just talks to hear himself talk.

  20. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 4, 2017 8:20 PM

    abninf says:
    I haven’t detected any rush from Jerry, only the media.
    Fair enough, although I wasn’t talking about Jerry when I wrote that. I just repeated his quote that Romo could stay as a backup as a starting point for my comment.
    You’re quite right about the media. But if you’ve been paying attention to the comments on sites like this one, there are a lot of Cowboys fans that either think Dallas can get something significant for him, or that want to see him get a shot elsewhere. They’ve been quite vocal about moving him for some time.
    There’s also the usual number of his detractors and fans of other teams that have continually predicted he’s done in Dallas (and perhaps just done, period).
    Those were the people I was talking about.

  21. tonebones says: Mar 4, 2017 8:33 PM

    Jerry Jones is awesome. He has three super bowl trophies and his Cowboys are one of the best teams in the NFL. Winning starts at the top. Stephen Jones is a chip of the old block. One of the best GMs in the game.

  22. spook1320 says: Mar 4, 2017 8:48 PM

    (Let’s see if someone at NBC/PFT censors this out a second time, just for the heckuvit….)

    “I have not ruled out the possibility of him being a part of the Cowboys at all,” he said, via Todd Archer of

    Frankly, that’s just as unbelievable as the three-way trade…

    Derek Carr’s teammates called.

    They said to tell you it probably shouldn’t be nearly so unbelievable.

    They also siad to tell you that Super Bowl opportunities don’t grow on trees.

    But look… of course you and your buds who do this kind of thing for a paycheck are going to write what you want to write in an attempt to come off as wise and cynical as possible.

    I get it.

    But don’t go so far out there that you look damn silly. And that’s how this is shaping up for a whole lot of you people.

  23. 5thorkid says: Mar 4, 2017 9:25 PM

    Like ANYONE believes ANYTHING Jerrah says

  24. screwmemean says: Mar 4, 2017 9:49 PM

    Good ol Jerrah, if his lips are moving it must be true.

  25. nflrule says: Mar 5, 2017 5:43 AM

    Jones is right to hold on to Romo…look at all those end of the season interceptions and numerous playoff wins.

  26. spook1320 says: Mar 5, 2017 11:31 AM


    How bout we take that, and balance it with this?


    The Tony Romo you don’t remember has been among the NFL’s best quarterbacks for a decade.

    He’s the dude who is 15-4 as a starter in his past 19 games and 29 games over .500 in his career. He has 247 touchdown passes and 117 interceptions, and in 2013-14, his last two healthy seasons, he threw 65 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions. Only Peyton Manning had a better touchdown/interception differential in those two seasons.

    We’re taking about a quarterback with the fourth-highest passer rating in NFL history, a player who has 30 game-winning drives and 25 fourth-quarterback comebacks.

    And the last time Romo was healthy, the Dallas Cowboys averaged 29.1 points per games, finished 12-4 and won the NFC East, while coming within a controversial noncatch — Dez Bryant still swears he caught the ball — of taking a fourth-quarter lead against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in a divisional playoff game….

    — JJT of ESPN


    There is no legitimate sarcasm to be offered here… yes, he’s without a Super Bowl appearance, let alone a win, so he’s not at that Staubach or Aikman level, but there is no argument that, if healthy, he represents the Cowboys best chance in 2017 of getting there.

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