Report: Tony Romo “distancing himself” from Cowboys teammates

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Tony Romo gave an emotional statement to the media when he returned to the active roster last season and said that he realized it was Dak Prescott’s time in Dallas.

He reportedly has some other feelings about the way things have gone down in Big D. Jane Slater of NFL Media reports that Romo has “distanced himself” from teammates and coaches who he feels were pro-Prescott and has taken the team’s turn away from him as the quarterback of the present and future “very personally.” Per Slater, Romo feels “his team was taken from him.”

It’s understandable that Romo wouldn’t feel as rosy about the change in quarterbacks in Dallas as he suggested last season, especially if he feels he can still play well and should have had a chance to compete to get the job back this offseason. The notion that the Cowboys are “his team” is a tougher one to wrap your head around as Romo’s been around the NFL long enough to know that the team belongs to the guys writing the checks and that their decisions aren’t always going to be in line with the wishes of the guys in the uniforms.

That said, the report provides more reason to think that it would be better for everyone involved in Dallas to finally complete the drawn out breakup with Romo. Outside of Prescott suffering a catastrophic injury in the offseason, there’s no upside to the Cowboys waiting to let Romo pursue other opportunities outside of Dallas because they’ve made it clear they’ve moved on at quarterback.

66 responses to “Report: Tony Romo “distancing himself” from Cowboys teammates

  1. What sane person continues hanging out with ex co-workers after they head to a new job? Dak Prescott is such a fraud and the Dallas team deserves this upcoming last place season when reality hits.

  2. This soap opera needs to end. Personally, I think he should take one of the TV gigs he supposedly has in tow. I worry about his being injury prone.

    Or, Dallas needs to trade Prescott and get what they can for him, draft a new one, and take their chances with Romo this year. I=That’s a dicey proposition in my opinion.

    This from an Eagles fan that otherwise respects Romo’s (but thinks he needs to look beyond that).

  3. Great team player you are, Tony. Dallas pays you over 100 million dollars for 2 playoff wins and now you’re pouting because they’re trying to do what’s best for the organization?

  4. There is no upside???? There is no downside in them keeping him on the roster for the season. He’s been paid $20M+ the last two years to not play due to injury, he’s well compensated. The Cowboys don’t save much if they release him ($5M) and will pay much more backfill his position.

    That said, I believe he would easily win the QB position if he was given a chance this off season. The coaching staff is being dumb if they don’t give him the chance.

  5. Cry me a river! If you weren’t such a freaking China doll with injuries you’d still be playing.

    You should have drank more milk growing up, apparently it is good for bone health, to which you have none recently.

  6. The Cowboys should release Romo now so he can sign with another team and then get injured after six games.

  7. jdzboyz says:
    Mar 28, 2017 12:59 PM
    Great team player you are, Tony. Dallas pays you over 100 million dollars for 2 playoff wins and now you’re pouting because they’re trying to do what’s best for the organization?

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    This article puts a very negative spin on him distancing himself from teammates, but you could just as easily argue that he’s doing the right thing and letting Dak lead the team on his own.

  8. There is no upside???? There is no downside in them keeping him on the roster for the season. He’s been paid $20M+ the last two years to not play due to injury, he’s well compensated. The Cowboys don’t save much if they release him ($5M) and will pay much more backfill his position.

    That said, I believe he would easily win the QB position if he was given a chance this off season. The coaching staff is being dumb if they don’t give him the chance.
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    They save 14 million if they release as a June 1st cut not 5 million

  9. 50+ year Dallas fan here. Romo is under contact, he has no reason to bitch. He took the team from Bledsoe due to injury, now what goes around has come around and he’s pissed. Broken bones in his spine…twice! RETIRE! As far as Dallas is concerned. Romo may be worth more in a trade after the pre-season gets underway and other teams need a replacement. If I’m the Cowboys, and do nothing and say nothing…the whiner is under contract.

  10. Just the thought of paying a backup 24 million a year doesn’t make any sense. That’s like the Yankees bringing arod back and paying him 30 million to ride the bench. You see how badly the Yankees wanted him and his contract gone

  11. Yeah… Business is business… until Jerry opens his mouth about ‘doing the right thing for Tony’.

    Put up or shut up… Jerry is doing neither, so Romo has a legit gripe.

  12. Love the people who advicate for his release, but know deep down that if their team were in the same position they would want the same thing: their team to get a return on an assett. Qbs are a limited commodity. Lets say you had a new car, and in your neighborhood of 32 houses there were ten families that had means to buy your used (but serviceable) car off of you. Their cars are significantly more worn diwn and unreliable than your used car. Would you just leave it on the side of the street with a sign that says “Here, take it.”? No, you most likely wouldn’t. You would get Something for it, even if it’s only a couple of hundred dollars.

  13. took his team away.. lol

    Tell that to Manning. Who had more than 2 playoff wins and a championship with the Colts and was still shown the door.

  14. Romo is one of the most private superstars in the NFL and has not spoken to media since his “speech”

    This is all conjecture and click-bait at this point. Stop acting like he owes anybody anything.

  15. This is Texas we’re talking about here. They don’t abort anything down there. Jerry will take Tony full term…

  16. primetime2123 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:25 PM
    Just the thought of paying a backup 24 million a year doesn’t make any sense. That’s like the Yankees bringing arod back and paying him 30 million to ride the bench. You see how badly the Yankees wanted him and his contract gone
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    When your starter is making backup money ($635k cap), you have freedom with your backup making starter money.

    Witten just signed an extension, freeing up another $4M. After all their draft picks are signed, they will have about $5.75M in space available. There isn’t anybody left in FA worth that much in areas of need.

    Stay the course….

  17. Something insane is going to happen. I can feel it.
    Tony will go to a new team and beat the Cowboys in a crucial game.

    Tony deserves better- I have always liked the way he played and quite honestly he is one of the only reasons aside from Witten and D Ware that they were competitive all these years..Dallas has had terrible defense, inexperienced or washed up coaching- The Oline became formidable last couple of years only…

    Hes a stud and hes going to prove it!

    Signed, A Giants Fan.

  18. HUMMM, didn’t Romo replace Drew Bledsoe? Isn’t this like the pot calling the kettle black?

  19. Romo has always distanced himself from his teammates. He did what he wanted to and invested himself on occasion. Some summers he golfed ..some summers he decided he would try to commit himself.
    Even those attempts were les than 100 percent.
    The Jones family treated Romo like a son. They deserve to get some respect back. Romo whines that Garrett didn’t really communicate to
    Romo in his times of need. Romo reaped what he sowed.
    By the way …the contract ..which is the focus of all….was the contract
    a hometown discount? Are the Giants, Patriots burdened by their QB
    contracts.? Bottom line Romo was treated better than almost all.
    There is nothing wrong with the Jones family attempting to get value
    for Romo and we all know that the Jones family will make every effort
    to trade Romo ( if they can ) to a reasonable destination for Romo,
    thereby limiting the market. That is reasonable.

  20. I’ve not heard about Romo offering to pay back signing bonus money so that the Cowboys could move on with less salary cap ramifications…make no mistake, what the Cowboys really need from Romo is salary cap relief in the form of paying back bonus or waiving guaranteed money, anything short of that is a disservice to the organization

  21. Romo has a gripe for sure in that he won’t be afforded an opportunity to compete against Prescott. Dallas seems to be forcing his hand towards retirement. Because the Romo situation was handled wrong in the beginning and during it can’t be expected to end amicably . The Cowboys duel threat of Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett will continue to be a joke, right up till JJ becomes incoherent and finally Stephen can fire Garrett. Hopefully Cowboys Nation can hang in there until then.

  22. Commentary on the nonexistent statement or comments. I feel many of you don’t know the difference in a fabrication of a story and an actual quote by the person. Let me clarify for you, when a person says something that includes quotation marks it is a direct quote, if a reporter on a slow day needs a story he will make implications which have no place in facts. If Romo say, “all fans are horrible”, then he said it. If a reporter says Romo doesn’t like fans then he can’t be believed simply on his own say so. There is no basis of his story beyond conjecture, he thinks Romo feels a certain way but I guarantee that reporter hasn’t even seen Romo.

    “Don’t believe anything you read and only half of what you see”
    – Will Rogers

  23. No upside to waiting? That’s bogus. First, whether the teams admit it or not there are teams out there who would LOVE to bring Romo aboard, and so one upside is that the team could potentially win this game of chicken (that’s what it is) and get a trade out of this instead of a cut. Second, the longer this drags on, the less time Romo would have to acclimate to his new team – a team that could easily be a threat to Dallas’s championship aspirations. By letting Romo go now, Dallas would be helping some other team, and so NOT helping this other team is in Dallas’s interest.

    Sooner or later, the team will move on. Sure, it MIGHT do more harm than good to hold on and wait, but there are potential benefits to waiting.

  24. love romo but im a cowboys fan first… come preseason he’ll be worth quite a bit to some fan base that doesnt have a qb/hurt

    I seriously doubt the texans are gonna punt on another season without a qb. How could their fans allow it?

    conditional trade=everybody wins

  25. It was all Jerry could do to get in front of the cameras and tell everyone how great Romo was being with Dak taking the job. It suited him during the season to say those things.

    Then it was the end of the season and Jerry fell over himself telling people how they were going to do what was best for Tony.

    He said these things because it looked good, but without concern for the business of football. Now he’s obviously changed his tune and these reports are suggesting Romo is somehow the bad apple.

    Not like a class act like Jerry Jones to go against his own word.

  26. This is total nonsense, or as Dump would say FAKE NEWS. Of course Romo is not happy, who would be?!?! The idea that he has taken it personally is silly. He’s a pro and he has never behaved as anything less than classy, kind, and professional. If I were him, I would be less than pleased about Jerry Jones holding on to him to see if MAYBE Dallas can get something for him, but the truth is that this is a business, and the situation (which will likely resolve itself) will be over and all this talk will be cast into the trash where it belongs. Adding Tony Romo to the “disgruntled” category for pure gossip’s sake, is kinda pathetic, like much of the ‘news’ on here.

  27. If ever a thought creeps into you head that the Cowboys should just cut Romo remember…..

    SAM BRADFORD drew a 1st and 4th round pick from the Vikings

  28. .

    this dude is too fragile to be a starting QB.
    Jay Cutler is a better option… well until he brakes a nail and has to miss 3 games for it to grow back.

  29. Jones can just sit back and make it impossible for other teams to integrate Romo into their systems in a timely fashion. This is basically cutting Jones competition down at least on qb and won’t allow other teams Romos knowledge of the Dallas offense

  30. I see a lot of people commenting that didn’t Romo do the same to Drew Bledsoe.

    How ridiculous are you?

    Bledsoe’s play in Dallas was average at best and was nowhere near to that of Romo’s 11 years.

    Parcells was alredy looking to replace Bledsoe with Romo, hence, he told Romo to be prepared in the weeks before the injury occurred.

    Jeez guys, research before you post.

  31. Can’t wait for the reality of the Danish Ham’s incompetence hitting the NFL pundits and the Cowboys. These are the same clowns that said the Great Gimmick in Washington was the second coming of our Lord. Now he is unemployed.

    The NFL knows that the Danish Ham CANNOT handle a pass rush and his efficiency stats completely bear this out – the fraud can only run to be successful and the NFL fears not the woman abuser who is their real running back – hold him to less than 125 yards and don’t allow the fake running back to pickup first downs with his legs that he can’t do while doing his real job!

  32. The notion that the cowboys are “his team” is silly. He’s almost 37 years old, he has an injury history, and he has a history of not coming through at crunch time.

    A good guy he might be, but that’s neither here nor there.

  33. I can’t wait to see the coverage of OTAs and training camp. Tony can make this team crumble if he is forced to show up. I understand keeping a commodity, but when that commodity wants the starting job, and is arguably the best QB on the roster (albeit not the guy you will have for the next decade), you are inviting a terrible situation.

    Romo took Bledsoe’s job, but Bledsoe was gone the next year. Luck took Manning’s job, but Manning was gone the next year. Rodgers took Favre’s job…. you see where this is going. You don’t just leave a guy in this situation chilling as a backup. You cut the relationship and give the team to the new guy.

  34. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:32 PM
    Aging QB’s have the HARDEST time letting go….go talk to a kicker, they don’t whine when they get cut.

    Apparently you don’t remember Chris Kluwe !! enough said.

  35. Tony Romo is damaged goods and never was a consistent winner for Dallas. always hurt overrated and wishes he could be Joe Flacco and know how to win in January.

  36. sandersmarcus10 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:14 PM
    Bet he wasn’t thinking this when he was given the same opportunity when Bledsoe got hurt and the Cowboys moved on with him as QB!
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    That’s not even the same situation. Bledsoe played there a whopping 1.5 seasons, and didn’t do anything, that was barely his team. Romo has been the franchise QB for 10+ years.

  37. The only thing wrong with holding on to Romo like this is that Jones said he wouldn’t. Either he never intended to keep his word or he’s gone back on his word. Neither of those things are a good look, even though “business is business.”

  38. If a reporter doesn’t name names then they are making it up. Sick of ‘sources’. These writers, if they are wrong, believe everyone will just forget what they wrote anyway.

  39. Jerry needs to just break up with him already. give him the “it’s not you, it’s me.”

  40. I don’t believe this report. Tony has been a straight -up team guy since day one. That being said, I wish he would just retire. He’s rich, has a family, he’s relatively young and has a very bright future ahead of him. Your body can take only such abuse. Why risk it? Can someone have Dan Marino give him a call? He didn’t want to walk away either.

  41. sandersmarcus10 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:14 PM
    Bet he wasn’t thinking this when he was given the same opportunity when Bledsoe got hurt and the Cowboys moved on with him as QB!
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    Bledsoe didn’t get hurt in Dallas. He stunk it up and Parcells yanked him.
    He got hurt in NE and lost his job to Brady.

  42. Straight up team guy? …..No he wasn’t ….why no teammates jumping to his defense? Because they know how Romo took advantage of his
    relationship with the Jones family. Garrett has tread marks on his back from Romo running to the Jones family to get what he wanted.
    If Jerry Jones has a failing ..it is his loyalty to his players. He actually is a little soft when it comes to making tough decisions on players. Tony loves the attention. Now he is playing the martyr like
    an academy award winner.
    He will retire. If the Bronco’s don’t want him…do you really think
    Tony will play for a coach like Bill O’Brien who will take him to task
    when he dogs it or screws up. Ain’t no way Tony’s ego is going to
    want to be exposed to that.

  43. maverick2560,
    what exactly does Garrett have these trademarks on his back from??? Romo wants to be the QB of the Cowboys, doesn’t look like running to the Jones family has undermined Garrett in that situation.

  44. Where do you people get your information from? Drew Bledsoe wasn’t hurt when Romo replaced him – he was just bad! His play had gotten worse and worse and Parcells replaced him with Romo. So Romo being replaced by Prescott bears no resemblance to him replacing Bledsoe. Romo’s last full season he had the best QB rating in the league – hardly the case with Bledsoe.

    Jerry wants Romo as a backup, and he doesn’t want him as an opponent, and can you blame him? The guy played one series last year and chucked a TD (the only one the Cowboys had) against the Eagles – a team that absolutely did not want Tony Romo to school them in his only possession of the season. Romo can still play, and if he’s well protected, he won’t get injured. Do you think the shot that punctured his lung wouldn’t have punctured the lung of any other QB? Does Romo have weak lungs?

    If everyone finally accepts reality it will become clear that Romo, should he still be in Dallas come pre-season, will get a chance to compete for the starting job. If he plays lights out in pre-season and Prescott looks terrible, do you really think the organization would be stupid enough to not start him?

    If Jerry didn’t want Tony on his team, he would have been released already. And if he wants him on his team, then he wants him as his back-up QB, and if the starting QB doesn’t play as well as the back-up, they switch – age, experience, or durability have nothing to do with it. It’s just common sense. So hang in there Tony. Your time may likely come again.

  45. Here’s what’s holding this deal up. Tony wants to go play for a team that would have a chance to get to the super bowl if he played great. On the other hand, as much as Jerry wants to support Tony, he would look really stupid if Tony led another team to the super bowl. So it looks like Tony is going to be the Cowboys’ backup. Tony might be hinting that he wouldn’t be a happy camper, but I think he’s just doing that to apply a little pressure. Tony is just too good of a guy to be disruptive. Once the season starts, Tony will be all in and support Prescott. As young and strong as Prescott is, he’s still human and could get injured. Then Tony could step right in and take the Cowboys all the way. Or even let’s say someone like Andrew Luck gets hurt in week 4 and the Colts are 4-0. The trade value for Romo would be sky high and Jerry might listen. Be patient Tony.

  46. People, including those calling themselves Cowboy fans, are talking about Tony getting Bledsoe’s job due to injury. NO! Parcells pulled Bledsoe at the half due to poor performance and put Tony in. He never relinquished the job.

    C’mon trolls – at least get the story straight.

  47. I believe Tony Roma has earned the right to choose whatever team he wants to go get injured again on.

  48. Romo faces the Cowboys, in Jerry’s World, against Dax, with a split screen of Jones’ reaction to Tony Romo winning a huge game, for another team, right at the end of the game. That would be hilarious.

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