Does Jerry Jones want to keep Tony Romo from playing in Houston?

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As far as the NFL’s alignment of franchises is concerned, the Cowboys and Texans aren’t rivals. As far as the people living in Dallas and Houston are concerned, they are. And that reality could be one of the reasons for the decision of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to slam the brakes on the plan to release Romo.

From the moment the news emerged that Romo would be released (the post-hoc spin is that he was only told he won’t be on the roster in 2017), the reaction among the Dallas media was swift and intense and it became clear that the release wouldn’t be the end of a new era of Romo-centric coverage in the Dallas area but the beginning.

So spin it forward. Romo exits Dallas and lands in Houston. And then every outlet in Dallas assigns at least one reporter to cover Romo’s year(s) in Houston, forcing America’s Team to share eyeballs and ears in its own hometown with the other team from Texas.

Spin it even farther forward. The Texans surge with a healthy Romo, becoming one of the best teams in the AFC. The Cowboys, defense drained by free agency and offense undermined by possible sophomore slumps of Dak Prescott and/or Ezekiel Elliott, regress to the mean. Cowboys fans would be tempted to set aside their silver and blue for the balance of the year and become temporary fans of Romo and the Texans.

That wouldn’t be good for business. And Jerry Jones is all about making good business decisions.

Couldn’t his concerns be handled via the wink-nod “do-right” approach that the team and the player are supposed to be adopting? This would require Jones to ask Romo not to play for the Texans. And there’s a good chance that request eventually would make its way to the media. Which would prove that Jones is worried about a Houston uprising diluting Dallas interest in the Cowboys.

For Jones, creating the impression that he actually cares about the Texans becoming more popular in Dallas and more successful overall could be worse than either thing happening. So he has instead squatted on Romo, waiting for a trade offer that may never materialize, and perhaps hoping an offer never comes from Houston.

I’ve believed for the last week that Jones hopes an offer will be made to him at the upcoming league meetings in Arizona. The truth could be that Jones plans in Phoenix to make a team like the Broncos a low-ball, face-saving offer that gets the Cowboys some marginal value for Romo — and that ensures he’ll never play for the Houston Texans.

66 responses to “Does Jerry Jones want to keep Tony Romo from playing in Houston?

  1. Virtually every Texans fan agrees – and most Cowboy fans too! Jones can’t share the spotlight – just ask Jimmy Johnson. Jones lost 2-3 Super Bowls trying to get credit for the team Johnson built … do you think he wants to see another team go to the Super Bowl with a cast off Cowboy QB? So much for doing “right”! He’s “Jonsing” Romo!

  2. Being diabolical to maintain your ego only adds to the bad karma (some say bad luck) that Jerry has brought to his team.

  3. The boys have had some success the last few years because they have clearly been able to limit jerrah’s involvement somehow but this dysfunctional situation has jerrah’s fingerprints all over it LOL

  4. Let’s not forget why Jerry is in this situation to begin with…..

    Jerry first has to convince a team that Tony Romo is going to be able to make it through the preseason. For any of the scenarios that have been mentioned to play out, Romo as age 36 coming off a fractured L1 vertebra has to stay healthy at least until week 8.

  5. Jones is simply trying to get value for something of great value in the
    NFL…..an above average starting QB. Romo looked great at end of
    year ( see teamates comments ) . He has 2 -3 years left. His back injury
    last year was a bit freakish and according to Doctors usually heals without long term problems. So let Jerry see what’s out there. The season starts in September. Have Tony show up for off-season
    workouts and OTA’s …see how he looks. I bet he looks good.

  6. Forget thr rivalry aspect – Jerrah knows there’d be an awful lot of traditional Cowboy fans tuning in (& travelling )to see Tony Romo play, so he’s doing his best to make sure that doesn’t happen. —————————————————–
    All the more important as it looks like his team might be regressing a bit this season, OL is good, but depth took a big hit, Safety looks bad at this point, and CB (not good to bigin with) got worse.

  7. If Romo were a free agent, the NFLPA ought to step in… Former employers should have absolutely ZERO say where their former players move to. This is about as close to that scenario as I’ve ever heard.

  8. For a while there I thought Jones would do the right thing by Romo. Guess Jones will not be changing any part of his legacy either.

  9. This sums up the demise of quality football under Goodell and the puppet master owners like Jones who pull his strings.

    This isn’t about business – it’s about Jerry’s ego and a Commissioner with the brass cohones to assert that he’a right and the Laws of Physics are wrong.

    Bountygate was false according to Tagliabue, FrameGate had them bench the GOAT just to fix the season to give other teams in the AFC a fighting chance

    Now we’re collectively being denied the chance to see what Houston can do with a decent QB because of Goodell’s desire for mediocrity/parity and of course one Texas sized ego.

    Those who claim to defend the “Integrity of the Game” are the ones who have desecrated the shield. The owners laugh at their own rules requiring a Commissioner with “unquestioned integrity” since they have NONE themselves.

  10. key2heat says:
    Mar 18, 2017 8:53 AM

    Only Texans fans think its a rivalry.
    ***********************************************
    Obviously Jerry thinks it’s a rivalry if he is afraid to see Romo end up there.

  11. Sounds like a guy who doesn’t want his girl anymore, but doesn’t want anyone else to have her either. Or the spoiled kid who takes his ball and goes home because he’s not the first picked at kickball. LOL!

  12. I think Romo wants to go to team that can win, Jones wants Romo to go to a team that can’t win. Can you imagine if Tony wins a SB with another team?

  13. The more Jerry Jones gets involved in football personnel decisions, the less success the Cowboys have. That is just a fact.

    So by all means, get involved, the other 31 NFL franchises thank you.

  14. Let’s see, you own a business and you don’t want one of your employees (whom you still have under contract) to go to a rival business. How does that make you the bad guy?

    I’m an enormous Cowboys fan but some of you think this is charity. Romo is getting paid more in one year than you or I will ever see in 5 lifetimes and he might be riding the pine doing it! Instead of the conjecture about going to Denver or Houston, maybe Tony sees his best chance at a ring by being the backup QB next year and coming in if/when Dak hits a slump. The most popular guy in town is always the backup QB.

    Why pull a Dorsett or Emmitt and go to another team when yours is positioned better than most. Besides, if he’s the starter and gets hurt playing for another team, everyone would say, “see, told you so…always hurt!”

  15. Houston has won soo many championships in the NFL that I think ROMO leaving for the Texans is Jerry’s biggest worry. (HA HA) I’m sure Jerry’s biggest worry is whether Zeke will be suspended and for how long depending on his continued behaviors.

  16. No one is trading anything of value for an often injured Romo, but Jones can keep him for as long as his contract says. He is being a db by saying is going to do what’s right for Tony and then pull back on his promise, but business is business.

  17. Wouldn’t surprise me if somewhere during this circus if Romo didn’t give Jones the ole GFY, and now he’s holding him hostage.

  18. Put Tony in a broadcaster’s seat next to Rex Ryan and let them call games every Sunday. I don’t see Romo playing any longer. With his physical problems and young kids, he ought to retire from football and make some easier bucks in the booth.

  19. Y’all are taking this like it’s a fact. This story is only the opinion of the writer. There’s no proof that any of it is true, just someone selling his story. Besides you can’t really blame Jones for wanting ‘something’ for Romo. I think a 5th conditional pick next year would be pretty fair. Even if one of those conditions were if the team Romo goes to gets to the Super Bowl, it becomes a #1 pick.

  20. Well, that leaves the Broncos. Elway will sit and wait. Romo will be a Cowboy next season. They need to drive for a Superbowl now and if Dak twists his knee they have no chance without Romo. He’s solid insurance. Pay’em to sit.

  21. key2heat says:

    Only Texans fans think its a rivalry.
    =================================

    As a Cowboys fan from DFW I can say you’re absolutely correct. No one here pays attention to the “Texans”. It was a little different with the Oilers.

  22. UJ says:

    Y’all are taking this like it’s a fact. This story is only the opinion of the writer.
    ==================================

    Yeah, he didn’t even throw in the standard “from a source with knowledge of the situation” like he does with most of the stories he fabricates.

  23. Paying a backup 20 mil a year is about the dumbest thing you can do as a GM. Romo isnt going to restructure. Half his defense is missing right now. Cut Romo like a smart GM would do and start filling the defense with quality players.

  24. Baltimore doesn’t like Washington, same thing here. There’s no rivalry there, i think it’s a good fit for Houston. Suck it up Jerry, let him go, You should be worried about your running back Elliott’s off field problems!

  25. All of these deluded people thinking Romo can get the Texans to the Super Bowl. the Texans have a defense the cowboys didn’t all a bunch of hogwash……. Romo has great skills and intimate knowledge of the plays and players around him in Dallas .. take that away, give him no TE (Witten) no RB and no OL and a new offense(assuming there is such a thing) mix in age and fragility… I hope the Texans do get him serve them right.

  26. Good thing for Jones is he has Roger Goodass in his pocket so no Texans games on Dallas tv. Maybe Goodass will flip the two teams conference and Dallas will own AFC South.

  27. I think he wants to trade Romo so that it won’t has as big a cap hit. That’s the main motivating factor behind the trade vs release.

    It’s true that Jerruh can’t share the spotlight, just look as how he ran Jimmy Jones out of town.

    Is Jimmy on the level or BB and Tuna? Probably not, but Jimmy is better at working with the dramatic talented players that BB won’t even bring into his formulaic analysis due to their unpredictable nature.

  28. Paying a backup 20 mil a year is about the dumbest thing you can do as a GM. Romo isnt going to restructure. Half his defense is missing right now. Cut Romo like a smart GM would do and start filling the defense with quality players.

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    Typical of the amazingly uninformed posts I’ve read…

    Let me see if I can help.

    1. The cap hit is what you’re referencing, not the paycheck. The cap hit is going to be there regardless, but is just a matter of if you want to take it all in one year or in two.

    2. Sign new players with the Romo savings? Great idea, except that it’s not.

    Do the math. There is little resolved even if you were to release Romo.

    If you release him pre-June 1, you only have enough cap room to sign his replacement and possibly one of your draft picks with that money.

    If you release him post-June 1, you’ve long since gotten down to the bargain basement scrap heap of free agents, and at that, you still don’t have all that much additional room.

    3. Derek Carr’s teammates called. They said Super Bowls don’t grow on trees, and that there is nothing that blows up all that work you’ve done quite like an unfortunate hit to your QB’s knees (or any of several other places).

    To wit… the back-up QB roster slot is undervalued. But it’s undervalued largely because there’s hardly any that are any good to begin with, so who wants to pay for someone who’s almost certainly unable to take you anywhere regardless…

    But this is different. Obviously.

    What Florio and his ilk are totally oblivious to is that Romo is not a net-negative to the Cowboys. He’s not worth as much as he was, in light of Dak’s success, but he’s still worth something.

    Said another way…

    Who’s more likely to impact the Cowboys’ 2017 season…. Romo, Pro-Bowl caliber QB… or one or two of the leftover free agents on the market right now?

    Exactly.

    Look for DAL to try to trade Romo for some defensive asset at the draft, or to stay put at least until something develops like what happened in MIN last summer.

    Trading makes sense. But to the point here, keeping Romo makes infinitely more sense than just giving him up for nothing.

  29. If he does it is because he comes from a weak place in terms of esteem and confidence. If were truly confident he wouldnt care if Romo went to Houston

  30. Cowgirl fans act like they are a dynasty.

    Since the year 2000 the Texans have won more playoff games than the cowgirls…

    In the last 5 years Texans have made the playoffs 4 times and the cowgirls made it 2.

    It’s not 1995 anymore…Turn the page.

  31. If Jerry Jones was “all about making good business decisions” he’d have hired a real GM sometime in the last 20 years.

  32. cobrala2 says:
    If Romo were a free agent, the NFLPA ought to step in… Former employers should have absolutely ZERO say where their former players move to. This is about as close to that scenario as I’ve ever heard.

    But he’s NOT a free agent, which makes the rest of your comment a moot point.
    I’m most assuredly no fan of the Crypt Keeper. But Tony Romo is NOT a former employee, he’s a current one who’s under contract. Jerry Jones can be a nice guy and let Romo go if he wants, but he’s under no obligation to do so.
    As long as the Cowboys hold Romo’s rights Jones is free to say “we’ll let you out of your deal, but only if we can keep you from going to a team we don’t want you to play for. If not, you’re here until we release you.”
    That too is a moot point. Nobody will trade for Romo and his contract, and once the Cowboys are forced to cut him he can go wherever he wishes and Jones has no say in the matter.
    Until then, the NFLPA has ZERO say in the matter.

  33. Jim Irsay > Jerry jones

    At least Irsay had the fortitude and integrity to set Manning free when they didn’t want him out of respect. Jones doesn’t respect anything except his fake teeth and bake account. Yeah, that’s a fact.

  34. babygaga19 says:
    Jim Irsay > Jerry jones. At least Irsay had the fortitude and integrity to set Manning free when they didn’t want him out of respect.

    Fortitude and integrity? Or perhaps it was the $90 million bonus Peyton Manning was about to be due shortly after his release?
    The Colts had Andrew Luck in the fold and wanted to start him. Parting ways with a $90 million backup QB was purely a business decision.

  35. All Romo has to do is start talking about possible retirement PUBLICLY. If he retires Dallas can’t spread his cap his around – at all hits this year. And, his trade value falls through the floor because no one is going to trade for a player talking about retirement.

    Dallas will have to release him for business sense.

  36. What’s epically missing from your reasoning, flex, is Tony’s financial self-interest is best served if he’s NOT released… he wants to keep THIS contract in force so he doesn’t have to negotiate something that would almost certainly be incentive laden.

  37. If they had cut Romo designated as post June 1, to spread out the cap hit, couldn’t they have used that money to buy a decent free agent playmaker for their defense? Now free agency is over, and they want to pay their backup QB 15 million? I don’t get it.

  38. False narrative, ignore and go back to what you were doing.

    Dallas WAS prepared to cut Romo with a June 1st designation, in the event that it was able to retain more of its players (say, Church and Carr). Although some of the Romo savings wouldn’t apply until later in the offseason, it would have allowed Dallas to spent close to the cap, knowing that more money would be freed up when needed to sign draft picks and such.

    Once it became clear on the even of the start of signings that the mid-tier player market was overpriced, Dallas realized it wasn’t going to retain some of the players it had assumed would be back, and so no longer needed the savings as expected. All along, it had been debating between the value of whatever a trade could offer up and the value of a June 1st cut (which wouldn’t happen in the event of a trade), and once the team realized it no longer needed a June 1st cut it would wait on moving on from Romo.

    That’s it. That’s the boring story.

  39. They are holding between 5.1 and 12 million of cap space on him as their team melts in free agency and retirement.

    Jerrah being Jerrah

  40. I live in Dallas. I don’t consider the Texans a rival. We don’t play them with any regularity, so they are just another team in the NFL. What Texan fans think of the Cowboys? No idea…

  41. It’s not the player teams aren’t willing to trade for. It’s the contract. Trade won’t happen because of TR’s contract. And Jerry knows this. That’s why he is truly being a db here. He went back on his word to ‘do right’ and TR now owes Jerry nothing re promises not to play for certain teams. Texans by far make the most sense though.

  42. The better question here is, would Tony Romo restructure his contract to be more cap friendly to remain in Dallas or sweeten the deal for legitimate trade talks?
    Jones has no say over that, which is a concievable scenario for the delay in his wink nod release fodder to fill off season deadlines.

  43. Cowboys fans are fans in spite of Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, not because of them. Just like Romo has a reputation for choking, Jones and Garrett have one for boneheaded decisions or lack of decisions at all. Every true Cowboys fan that also loves Romo will pull for him anywhere he goes, right up to having to play the Cowboys, that’s where we draw the line.
    I still wouldn’t even consider trading Romo unless, another teams starter goes down prior to the season opener and the price for Tony goes way up.

  44. They are holding between 5.1 and 12 million of cap space on him as their team melts in free agency and retirement.

    *sigh*

    Like I said.

    Sign new players with the Romo savings? Great idea, except that it’s not.

    Do the math. There is little resolved even if you were to release Romo.

    If you release him pre-June 1, you only have enough cap room to sign his replacement and possibly one of your draft picks with that money.

    If you release him post-June 1, you’ve long since gotten down to the bargain basement scrap heap of free agents, and at that, you still don’t have all that much additional room.

  45. It’s not the player teams aren’t willing to trade for. It’s the contract. Trade won’t happen because of TR’s contract.

    Um. Even among the most uninformed posts here, I’m not seeing anyone who doesn’t get that the contract is the hang-up.

    Will a trade happen? Maybe not. But then, it’s not nearly so unlikely as you seem to imagine. Ship happens, like it did in Minny last year, and dominoes follow that you didn’t imagine would.

    The only thing that can be said for sure is… no one knows.

    The assertion here is that Romo represents a net positive to the Cowboys as-is. There is nothing gained–especially at this point–in releasing what is an asset to Dallas’ Super Bowl aspirations.

    But mind you, a lot starts happening around draft time… I would not be at all surprised to see a trade go down then, and you shouldn’t either.

  46. Do you proof read anything you post or do you just hit send? Unlike Detroit fans, (which you must be) wait, that’s not fair to real fans of the Lions, anyway, fans, real fans, don’t jump ship when one of the lifeboats falls overboard. The team is always above the player, no exception. What you describe is ridiculous to say the least.

  47. All I know is that it’s been crickets here in DFW ever since the packers sent them packing. You can count sightings of all the brand new cowboy gear everyone got for Xmas on one hand since they lost in typical fashion to the pack. Weekend gear went from 90% wearing hat, jerseys., or both to nada since. Same old same old for many many years now.

  48. As a Cowboys fan living in Dallas, most of the people around here want to see Romo do well and have no problem with him playing — and succeeding — in Houston. We are Cowboys fans, and wouldn’t suddenly become Texans fans. [Dallas people don’t like Houston, at all.] Most people I’ve talked to don’t care if Romo is released or traded, but this dragging it out after sending clear signals he was going to be released is starting to look silly and petty, by JJ.

    The only thing most of us really don’t want to see is Romo playing for the Redskins within the division.

  49. This is pretty OBVIOUS.
    Nobody is going to trade ANYTHING for Romo because they don’t want his CONTRACT.

    The Cowboys save 5.1m by releasing him (but would then NEED another QB)

    They’re going to KEEP him UNLESS he RENOGIATES his contract so that they can get ADDITIONAL cap RELIEF & then work out a trade.

    Romo wants a FREE RELEASE so he can collect his bonus/guaranteed money from Dallas & then sign a NEW DEAL & get paid TWICE.

  50. I’m a Texans fan and I feel no rivalry with Dallas. None! However, I think Florio is dead on accurate here.

    Jerry is okay with the Texans if they’re an inferior team. They’re not! Since their inception the Texans have more playoff wins are clear a better team today, despite the Cowboys’ glitzy record last year.

    The Texans sell out every game. Houston just put on an outstanding Super Bowl event! No bad vibes here!

    Do what you need to do Jerry. We don’t care.

  51. Texans are an afterthought for Cowboys fans, regardless of their success, and including the future possibility of a Super Bowl appearance or victory. Texans are a team that came in after the Oilers left, we didn’t care about them then and don’t now.
    Jerry may be scared, but I/we don’t care if Romo does go down to Houston and does well, good for him. How many years could Romo even be available to rub it in Jerry’s face, not long, a year, maybe two. It doesn’t matter, its just a space in time. The biggest drawback to Cowboys success isn’t Romo in Houston anyway, it’s Garrett in Dallas. That cheerleader will never be a playoff caliber coach. Even if the season is a success, we can all count on jarrys puppet to blow enough opportunities to lose. Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett with their combined inadequacies will haunt the players and the fans as long as they’re there. I suppose Jerry will have to die before Stephen can fire Garrett. Smh, oh well.

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