The Romo-Jones dance continues

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On Wednesday, the Cowboys told quarterback Tony Romo he’d be released. On Thursday, the Cowboys didn’t release him.

Since then, the Cowboys have been waiting for a trade offer, and Romo hasn’t said or done anything publicly to agitate for a release. But his representatives apparently have launched a more subtle effort to remind the Cowboys that it will be hard to trade him if he just retires.

Coincidentally (not coincidentally), someone from CAA told Adam Schefter of ESPN that FOX wants to hire Romo as the No. 2 analyst on the network’s football coverage, replacing 49ers G.M. John Lynch. The message to the Cowboys is clear, but Romo can maintain full and complete deniability and otherwise stay on the high road.

Romo isn’t wired to get into a public back and forth with the Cowboys or Jerry Jones, and for now it seems that Romo will choose to be patient. His agents will otherwise come up with strategies for making sure everyone knows Romo has a Plan B to playing in 2017.

Of course, if Romo retires, he’ll owe $5 million in previously paid signing bonus money. But that’s only an issue if he actually retires. For now, the possibility of retirement is being used to ensure that he’ll eventually get to pick his next team, unfettered by the Cowboys or anyone else.

29 responses to “The Romo-Jones dance continues

  1. Once Romo gets released , he will not last a millisecond on the market. Teams are on standby around the clock waiting especially the Broncos and Texans. We will get something for Romo. Count on it.

  2. Classless move by Jones. No team is going to trade for Romo when they now he’ll be cut sooner or later. The only thing the Boys are doing is limiting Romo’s options.

  3. Romo’s agent is desperate or just plain stupid. This is not leverage. It’s a prayer at most. The Cowboys have nothing to lose other than maybe a 4th or 5th round pick they might be able to squeeze the Texans for. If Romo retires, he’ll owe $5m. Leverage gone! He’ll be a Texan when it’s over one way or another.

  4. Classless move by Jones. No team is going to trade for Romo when they now he’ll be cut sooner or later. The only thing the Boys are doing is limiting Romo’s options.
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    Jerry is scared the Texans are going to be the better team than Dallas

  5. What happened to Jones’ “right rule” he was spouting last week? Not that it matters, I don’t want to see him in Denver, he’ll get killed. Houston makes much more sense for both Romo and Houston.

  6. Romo would actually be doing himself a favor by retiring given his age and injury history. No way he lasts a full season, so go ahead and retire. Its a good move to hold onto him until the Broncos or Texans blink.

  7. Classless? What kind of idiot would let him go for nothing when there is no reason to? Cowboys owe him nothing. That have compensated him more than fairly. They should hold him til someone is ready to trades or make him the back-up next year. They either get a pick or get signing bonus money back if he retires. Win/win

  8. Wait, wasn’t Romo told he was being released already?
    So were the Cowboys lying to Romo or just jerking him around?
    This is how they treat the face of their franchise after getting lucky with a draft pick. How sad.

  9. primetime2123 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:10 PM
    Classless move by Jones. No team is going to trade for Romo when they now he’ll be cut sooner or later. The only thing the Boys are doing is limiting Romo’s options.
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    Jerry is scared the Texans are going to be the better team than Dallas
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    Don’t let records fool you. The Texans ARE the best team in Texas.

  10. mn2long says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:29 PM
    Classless? What kind of idiot would let him go for nothing when there is no reason to?
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    The kind that promised to abide by the ‘do right rule.’
    Houston cleared the cap space maybe they should just cough up a 7th so the old fraud can get the W he seems to need

  11. Florio- Are you sure that rumor was planted by Romo’s people? Maybe it’s Elway’s people… think about it. You’re putting a conclusion into people’s minds that isn’t necessarily the only possibility here… you do that a lot with Cowboy rumors, though.

  12. Please don’t keep Romo Jerry. A flash in the pan player has a fluke year and people are telling themselves they have a new franchise QB.

    I love watching bandwagon cowboy fans squirm when their team sucks. The Dak experience is going to come back and bite them in the butt when the league has had an off season to plan for him and as a result he inevitably gets hurt running too much.

    Without Romo there to pick up the pieces, that team is going to fold like a cheap suit.

  13. And if this was Belicheat pulling this move he would be lauded but since this is Jones he gets ripped. Fully support Jones and the Cowboys decision to hold out for some compensation – why give Romo away and get nothing.

    Play hard ball and get what you can for him even if it is a 6th rounder.

  14. Jones is hoping that one of the two named (or more possibly unnamed) teams decide to cough something up to secure him over the others.

    But in the meantime he’s breaking his word.

    So… perhaps Tony after possible release, break his word and sign with a team Jerry doesn’t want.

    I’m not saying sign with a team to spite Jerrah, but if he hears a good pitch by one of the teams Jerrah doesn’t want him to sign with, Tony shouldn’t feel it is necessary to hold to the agreement because Jerrah already broke the verbal agreement by not granting his release.

    As for mn2long, the reason they should release him is three fold.

    1. That was Jerry’s word
    2. Everyone else in the league knows it.
    3. If he doesn’t, and then grants his release, Tony is then not honor bound to not sign with a divisional or major competitor to the NFC crown.

  15. Jones is a jerk. Romo gave u a handshake agree he wont sign with Washington and now you wanna renege on your side of it because you can trade him? Thats just business, fine. However I find it hilarious Jerry tried to get a handshake agree from Romo for a release and a not sign in the NFC and now Jerry is backing out so he can trade him. Romo is too nice of a guy, I hope Jerry releases him and Romo comes back to bite him in the butt.

  16. “And if this was Belicheat pulling this move he would be lauded but since this is Jones he gets ripped. ”

    This is a good point. Bill Belichick held onto Drew Bledsoe, after serious injury, while asking for his release, for several weeks until he was finally traded to the Buffalo Bills on April 22, 2002. Its a business and you do what’s best for the organization. Tony Romo’s net worth is over $100 million dollars thanks in part to Jerry Jones. Romo goes to Jones’ grandchildren’s high school basketball games with the family. They seem to actually be friends. I don’t think Tony will be too upset to wait the process out for a few weeks. The article is purely click bait. But hey, at least it seemed to work. Fans will always love to hate Jerry Jones. If it were their team, they would of course want to receive a draft pick.

  17. D-bag move by Jerry. Romo has handled everything with class. Didnt cause a distraction last year and agreed to the Do right rule and Jerry pulls this BS. Let the man go crypt keeper

  18. This just in: Fox announced a shakeup in the rest of the lineup. New analysts will be Roger Staubach, Danny White, Quincy Carter, Drew Stanton, Johnny Manziel, & Dandy Don Meredith will fill in for Buck during World Series.

  19. Houston cleared up a ton a cap space for Romo specifically. If the Cowboys release him outright and he goes to Denver, the Texans are gonna look pretty bad. You would think they would give up some sort of pick to secure it instead of risking Romo ending up in Denver

  20. You guys can’t be this naive..
    All these teams WANT Romo, his contract is the PROBLEM.

    He wants to be RELEASED & Keep his BONUS MONEY & then be FREE to sign a NEW deal with the team if his choice.

    Hes basically getting paid TWICE.

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