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Report: Cowboys may still trade, not release, Tony Romo

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The Cowboys are cutting quarterback Tony Romo today. Unless they’re not.

In a surprising report, Ed Werder and Chris Mortensen of ESPN now say the Cowboys are still looking to trade Romo, after widespread reports that the Cowboys were going to release him today.

Werder mentioned the Broncos as a team that might be willing to trade for Romo rather than wait for him to get cut. Mortensen said the Texans could be interested as well.

The biggest issue, however, is Romo’s contract. He has a $14 million base salary for 2017, which a team acquiring him would have to be willing to take on. And he would count $19.6 million against the Cowboys’ 2017 salary cap if he’s traded.

That remains to be seen. But it sounds like there’s a real chance that the Cowboys will trade Romo today.

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43 Responses to “Report: Cowboys may still trade, not release, Tony Romo”
  1. topwonk says: Mar 9, 2017 2:09 PM

    No one is trading for Tony Romo. Enough already!

  2. htown1035 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:10 PM

    They were clearly gauging the market by announcing his release 2 days early, now they’re reassessing what trade value he has.

  3. rexgrossmanisgoat says: Mar 9, 2017 2:11 PM

    Wow. For all the credit I gave John Elway for being a smart GM, he lost some credibility here in my eyes. Why would you trade for a QB with a huge cap hit from a team who is in salary cap purgatory? Broncos just have to be patient–the cowboys have zero leverage here

  4. dabears2485 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:11 PM

    Is this one of those “they could but they won’t” deals like the three way trade from last week?

  5. lingsun54 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:12 PM

    A third round pick isn’t worth the cap hit.

  6. ipeefreelyagain says: Mar 9, 2017 2:13 PM

    Please make up my bloody mind.

  7. jerruhjones says: Mar 9, 2017 2:14 PM

    Jerruh fishing in an empty pond.

  8. mlhigh says: Mar 9, 2017 2:14 PM

    Trade? No way. Elway never blinks.

  9. buttfumbles says: Mar 9, 2017 2:14 PM


  10. dcwal152 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:14 PM

    For who, for what?

  11. dal1as says: Mar 9, 2017 2:16 PM

    UGH, I would not trade for Romo and take on that contract. Crazy. Just keep Siemian Denver.

  12. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 9, 2017 2:16 PM

    Tony Romo: “I want to go to the Broncos.”
    Jerry Jones: “Yeah? Well, people in hell want ice water. You’re going to the Browns.”

  13. gmen5280 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:18 PM

    So much for Jerry doing what’s right for Tony.

  14. QB Film Room says: Mar 9, 2017 2:19 PM

    Shad Khad changed Jerry’s mind

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:19 PM

    “For who, for what?”

    A dozen donuts and a 7th round pick in 2025 maybe?

  16. honkeyt says: Mar 9, 2017 2:22 PM

    He should be starting in Dallas. Dak should have hit the bench when Romo got healthy and the Boys would be at least been in the SB. The last time Romo had a great back behind him they were a horrible no catch call from the NFC Championship game. Dak is a great young QB but at this time Romo is better.

  17. jerrysglassescleaner says: Mar 9, 2017 2:23 PM

    Very smart Dallas front office! Never look interested while car shopping folks. Always look bored and displeased. That’s the best way to get a discount. Broncos and Texans has openly screamed like a girl during a boyband concert for Romo. BIG mistake on their part. Pay up!

  18. milehighcityboss says: Mar 9, 2017 2:23 PM

    Alright now its time for the Broncos to retreat. Lets allow Rick Smith & Company to overpay for Romo…

  19. txrawdog says: Mar 9, 2017 2:24 PM

    Well if Glennon is getting 14 mil a year and thats all a team would have to take on since the Cowboys would be taking the other 10 mil against there cap it actually wouldn’t be dumb to trade for him…I could see Denver doing a sign and trade with Ware and a 3rd or 4th rounder for Romo….also all of Romos guaranteed money is done after this year

  20. war27 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:25 PM

    I’m sure the Cowboys plans changed when the news hit that Washington might be in need of a QB.

    You can trade him where you like but that wink nod that Romo wont play for an NFC (and east on top of it) team would probably go right out the window. If Washington offered Romo 3/40 he’d most likely be Washington’s QB.

  21. RegisHawk says: Mar 9, 2017 2:26 PM

    Bidding opened at an expired bag of chips and one pet rock.

  22. davekva72 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:26 PM

    If there is more than one team interested in Romo, some kind of a trade is possible. The Cowboys are trying to do right by Romo, so I could see him agreeing to re-do his contract with whatever team he’s traded to. The Cowboys aren’t going to get much for him, but maybe a 3rd or 4th round pick? Maybe swap 1st round picks? Better than getting nothing.

  23. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Mar 9, 2017 2:26 PM

    To the Browns for the # 12. Book it.

  24. a1b24312 says: Mar 9, 2017 2:27 PM

    Dream On…

    Signed, Aer O Smith

  25. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 9, 2017 2:30 PM


    Let’s leak it that we are still trying to trade him. Who knows? Maybe someone will panic and throw a 7th rounder at us. What’s the worst that could happen?

  26. sobceo says: Mar 9, 2017 2:32 PM

    Fake news that boys put out there to TRY and get something for him at the last minute! To try and make teams think someone else is going to snatch him up! You would have to be STUPID to not wait a couple of hours when he is cut…

  27. nhpats says: Mar 9, 2017 2:34 PM

    Romo will break his clavicle signing the new contract….

  28. bworacle says: Mar 9, 2017 2:44 PM

    This is really stupid. Texans can’t trade for Romo because they are in Brock Cap Hell. They would need a cap friendly deal to sign him. The Broncos are Romo’s preferred team so Elway has the luxury of waiting for his release. Just get it over and release him already.

  29. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 9, 2017 2:49 PM

    Romo is a good QB. His age, salary, and injury history are working against him. Any trade would probably only have a late round conditional pick attached.

  30. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Mar 9, 2017 2:55 PM

    This is all HOU’s doing… they realize the only shot they have to get him is to trade for him…

  31. 23rdusernameused says: Mar 9, 2017 2:59 PM

    a half eaten pack of juicy fruit and a 2024 9th rounder!?!?

  32. youafool says: Mar 9, 2017 3:00 PM

    hahahah the rest of the leagues jealously tears are so sweet and salty! Jerry with the master stroke….could sell a ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves.

  33. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:01 PM

    Stop the nonsense, Romo will be cut in June at the latest.

  34. primetime2123 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:15 PM

    texans need to give up a 3rd or stuck with asseeiler sucking it up another year

  35. agent7x6 says: Mar 9, 2017 3:16 PM

    What does it say that the 2 teams for which Brock Osweiller has played are still desperate enough to trade for Romo?

  36. 52crabcakes says: Mar 9, 2017 3:20 PM

    Jerry Jones just wants what is best for Jerry Jones!

  37. puhleezho says: Mar 9, 2017 3:24 PM

    No way Elway gives up anything for Romo. This is a bluff, Jerry doesn’t want Romo in Houston market.

  38. dirtyvu says: Mar 9, 2017 3:45 PM

    if they were trying to do Romo right, they would cut him loose. if they do, they get nothing in return but the cap hit would be less than $10M. if they trade, it’s hell for everyone.

    The Texans would be a better destination than Denver. Denver is about to go through some hell. They’ve changed a lot of the coaching staff, a good chunk of the team is old, and this FA period could shake up the roster enough to hurt it significantly.

  39. dirtyvu says: Mar 9, 2017 3:48 PM

    Texans just shipped off Osweiler… Welcome, Romo!

  40. mototax says: Mar 9, 2017 4:14 PM

    Trade Romo to Cleveland for Osweiler and a few of those picks they got from the Texans.

  41. 1historian says: Mar 10, 2017 7:04 AM

    The dude is 37, he missed most of last season with a back injury, he has no good playoff history to speak of – what good is he?

  42. xrodzillax says: Mar 10, 2017 2:52 PM

    Denver already said that they will NOT trade for Romo….let the Texans keep him, all Denver has to do is BEEF UP the OL and get a DT (Hankins) to stop the running game and the Broncos should be just fine….IN ELWAY WE TRUST!!!!!

  43. maverick2560 says: Mar 11, 2017 8:49 AM

    Hold onto Romo even into training camp. Who knows what can happen? Look what Philly got last year . The Cowboys have already
    lost most tod their important free agents. So keep Romo until you get the right deal. Lastly Romo was treated like no other player, he was the king .”..he can show some respect and thanks to the Jones family.

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