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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week that quarterback Tony Romo has “a lot of options” available to him this offseason and he’s reportedly given Romo the green light to explore ones that might exist with other NFL teams.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Jones has informed the other 31 teams in the league that they are allowed to contact Romo or his agent for the purpose of setting up a visit, workout or physical.

As long as Romo remains under contract to the Cowboys, any of those things would be precursors to trade talks with the Cowboys. Jones also said last week that he didn’t feel pressured to resolve Romo’s situation with the team until closer to training camp and Garafolo reports their message to other teams was that they would be “limited to conversations concerning (Romo’s) 2017-19 NFL player contract” as opposed to a deal he might sign if the Cowboys release him.

The Texans and Broncos have been mentioned most often as potential suitors for Romo, but neither club has shown interest in trading for the quarterback to this point. There have also been reports of interest in Romo from broadcasters who would make him part of their NFL coverage in 2017 and beyond.

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  1. truninerfan49 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:08 PM

    He should be meeting with the team’s traning staff, that’s who will be spending the most time with Romo during the season.

  2. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:11 PM

    Cowboys taking their sweet time, Romo going to miss his opportunity. Teams are going to want their QB in camp. Teams are not waiting till June 2nd when they plan on cutting him.

  3. contra74 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:12 PM

    Meh

    I hope the workouts include him being able to stay intact after being sacked.

    That’s probably the most important workout.

  4. QB Film Room says: Apr 3, 2017 3:16 PM

    I cant remember did the Colts Release Peyton Manning in 2012? Yeah they did… What is Jerry doing?

  5. lx2016 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:17 PM

    Retire homeboy! Too brittle to trade for. Likely too brittle to broadcast too.

  6. QB Film Room says: Apr 3, 2017 3:18 PM

    Colts released Peyton Manning March 7, 2012 it is now a month beyond that date. Jerry doesnt realize it but he is really hurting his legacy by doing this.

  7. redlikethepig says: Apr 3, 2017 3:22 PM

    Jerrah was going to do the right thing and release him. But then he remembered it was the Cowboys, so no ‘do the right thing’.

  8. bleedingfacemask says: Apr 3, 2017 3:23 PM

    Romo: “Hi Johnny, this is Tony. Could you do me a favor and call me back at this number?”
    Manziel: “But I moved out when you asked me to. Why?”
    Romo: “My phone hasn’t rung once all day, I just want to see if it’s broken.”

  9. rwhited2 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:23 PM

    Other teams can talk to Romo and work him out as long as they don’t:
    1. Ask him to throw
    2. Ask him to run.
    3. Ask him to take a hit

  10. wib22 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:24 PM

    Jerrah at it again!

  11. firecracker87 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:26 PM

    Please sign with either Giants, Redskins, or Eagles. That would make for some good drama through the season.

  12. rdawson43 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:27 PM

    Jerry doesnt realize it but he is really hurting his legacy by doing this.

    He’s not hurting his legacy, everything he does is screwed up, this just continues his legacy!!!

  13. dregonspengler says: Apr 3, 2017 3:29 PM

    QB Film Room says:
    Colts released Peyton Manning March 7, 2012 it is now a month beyond that date. Jerry doesnt realize it but he is really hurting his legacy by doing this.
    —-
    The Colts released Peyton Manning because he about to be due a $90 million roster bonus, and with Andrew Luck theirs for the taking they weren’t about to spend that kind of money on a backup coming off major surgery. It was a no-brainer business decision, not a charitable act.
    Tony Romo is still under contract to Dallas. With Dak Prescott on his rookie salary, the Cowboys could in theory keep Romo as a backup and the two salaries combined would be less than some teams are paying their starter.
    If Jones wants to release Romo he can do it now, in June, or any time before then. But he’s under no obligation to release him at all.
    As for Jones’ legacy, if it’s still intact at this point then it isn’t going to be changed just because he didn’t release a player who’s under contract and who spent the last two years collecting millions while standing on the sidelines injured.

  14. learysdisciples says: Apr 3, 2017 3:29 PM

    31 other teams immediately do not pick up the phone and go back to their regularly scheduled programming.

  15. bighoser says: Apr 3, 2017 3:30 PM

    Jerrah has hurt or might his legacy with this? You mean his legacy of 2 playoff wins in the last 20 years and counting? The one where he ran off the HOF coach and de facto GM responsible for the success before that because Jerrah’s ego couldn’t handle Jimmy getting all the credit? And then his enabling of problem children like TO (which made his other HOF coach-Parcells- run for the hills) and that woman beater/coach assaulter Hardy? THAT LEGACY?

  16. pardonmyjake says: Apr 3, 2017 3:30 PM

    jerry would require other organizations to ask for permission to talk to his employees. Sad!

  17. gmen5280 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:34 PM

    Awesome Jerry, you are letting your hostage talk to other people now. How omnipotent of you.

  18. htown1035 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:35 PM

    If he’s just now giving teams permission to talk to Romo then that means he did absolutely nothing other than sit back and wait for teams to come to him with trade offers, which probably none came.

  19. mortyglickstein says: Apr 3, 2017 3:36 PM

    QB Film Room says:
    Apr 3, 2017 3:18 PM
    Colts released Peyton Manning March 7, 2012 it is now a month beyond that date. Jerry doesnt realize it but he is really hurting his legacy by doing this.
    ————————————————————-
    Actually it is consistent.

  20. stellarperformance says: Apr 3, 2017 3:38 PM

    Epic Trade-of-the-Century II coming from the Vikings?

  21. eatme2259 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:44 PM

    With the packers losing 3 out of 5 offensive lineman. It would be wise of them to bring in Romo as backup to Rodgers. Aaron is not going to make it 3 games.

  22. jm91rs says: Apr 3, 2017 3:46 PM

    Has Tony Romo been hurt a lot in recent years? Yes, but he’s not as fragile as everyone is saying. Until 2015, he averaged 14.3 games/year. In 2015 he broke his collar bone in week 2, came back far too early in week 11 because the NFC East was so terrible and re-broke that less-than-fully healed collar bone in week 12. In 2016 he broke his back in the preseason and missed what would have been 8-10 weeks if Dak wasn’t playing so well.

    Bottom line, he’s had 2 injuries in 2 years and prior to that he was pretty reliably playing 13-16 games a year. I’d roll the dice on him not re-injuring a collar bone or back if it were my decision. He could be very good behind a good O-Line.

  23. co99622 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:52 PM

    bighoser says:
    Apr 3, 2017 3:30 PM
    Jerrah has hurt or might his legacy with this? You mean his legacy of 2 playoff wins in the last 20 years and counting? The one where he ran off the HOF coach and de facto GM responsible for the success before that because Jerrah’s ego couldn’t handle Jimmy getting all the credit? And then his enabling of problem children like TO (which made his other HOF coach-Parcells- run for the hills) and that woman beater/coach assaulter Hardy? THAT LEGACY?
    —————

    That or his 3 Super Bowl rings… But it is definitely one of the two. Like it or not he is one of the most influential owners in the league. with more Superbowl victories under his ownership than almost all others. convenient how people leave that out.. But, but it was Jimmy’s team. I forgot Jimmy hired himself, oh wait it was Jerry that hired Jimmy.

  24. chaseutley says: Apr 3, 2017 3:55 PM

    I want to play poker against Jerry Jones. He bluffs about as well as a 5-year-old.

  25. kingjoe1 says: Apr 3, 2017 3:59 PM

    For all of JJ’s comments regarding how much he respects TR, reality shows JJ cares about making his team better regardless of how it impacts players.
    This is fine it is JJ’s team, but don’t pretend you care about players more than you do, be honest.

  26. voltaire325 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:00 PM

    Jerry just has to give it up and release him. I don’t know why teams would even give a 7th round pick for a glass QB who will be available for free in a few weeks.

    Jerry doesn’t want to let him go. No matter what they say publicly, Jerry is not sold on Dak. He would love to keep Romo around.

  27. rockbot69 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:02 PM

    Just wondering. If you are a Miami or Jacksonville with a lower mid quarterback….. Why not make a run at this guy? Heck Jacksonville would probably run away and hide in that division.

  28. maverick2560 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:14 PM

    Why do fans criticize Jerry Jones. When Romo negotiated his last contract it was strictly business. No discount to help the team, which
    was well within his rights. Another factor is how the Cowboys have treated Romo throughout his career. Romo did as he pleased, went over his coaches to the Jones’s when he wanted his way.
    Now it is the teams prerogative to try to market Romo as best it can.
    Free agency is essentially over so the Cowboys have no urgency to
    free up large cap room. Finally another large factor is the Cowboys
    willingness to work with Romo on his destination. Romo can wait.

  29. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 3, 2017 4:17 PM

    Prescott will struggle this year now that teams have significant tape on him. The Cowboys are better off hanging on to Romo a while longer even if Romo is not happy with that decision.

  30. mrclaytonbigsby says: Apr 3, 2017 4:20 PM

    Jerry Jones is a crap human being

  31. wib22 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:22 PM

    tannehill is elite = chippy.

  32. primetime2123 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:26 PM

    just give them a 6th and be done with it TExans

  33. halfcentaur says: Apr 3, 2017 4:29 PM

    co99622 talking about Jerry’s rings and legacy says “I forgot Jimmy hired himself, oh wait it was Jerry that hired Jimmy.”

    Yeah, and then it was Jerry who fired Jimmy when his ego wasn’t being stroked enough for his liking and has been the architect of perennially over hyped chokers ever since. Jerry doesn’t get credit for bringing in a guy who knew what he was doing then firing him so he could feel more important while enduring failure. Over the last 20 years, Jerry has cared more about hype and attention than winning. That’s his legacy.

  34. whatjusthapped says: Apr 3, 2017 4:29 PM

    “Garafolo reports their message to other teams was that they would be “limited to conversations concerning (Romo’s) 2017-19 NFL player contract” as opposed to a deal he might sign if the Cowboys release him.”
    ====================================

    Ya right, wink, wink, nod, nod.

    Seriously, how do the Cowboys plan on enforcing this limitation of the conversations? I understand the Cowboys see this as the only way to get trade value but there isn’t a GM that stupid (with the possible exception of Speilman in Minnesota) that would give anything of value to the Cowboys when everyone knows he is about to be released.

  35. kehnn13 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:35 PM

    I can’t help but that this shows how little Jerry jones really cares about any of his players.
    He’s supposed to be so close to this player who his team has clearly moved on from(and who clearly does not have significant trade value at this point, between the contract and the injury history), yet he does not want to give him an opportunity to pursue his best opportunities without someone else “paying him off.”

  36. dirtyvu says: Apr 3, 2017 4:37 PM

    Let’s face it. Jones is worried that Romo will be like Ware or Manning. The nightmare that the Cowboys release him now and he leads his future team to a SB. The longer he holds onto Romo, the less valuable he is to any future team because he is a QB who will have to get acclimated to a new playbook and new teammates.

    If it was strictly about financials, the true deadline to release would be June 1. But if he’s saying no decision until training camp which is near the end of July, then he’s royally screwed over Romo. All the double talk that he was looking out for Romo.

  37. newjerseygiants says: Apr 3, 2017 4:44 PM

    I’m a Cowboys hater, although, Jerry is really screwing over Romo. Just release the guy already. NOBODY is going to offer anything in trade.

  38. daysend564 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:44 PM

    Who gives a crap about what the Colts did with Manning. Are people trying to suggest that Irsay is the epitome of a great owner?

  39. hardworker7455 says: Apr 3, 2017 4:45 PM

    Tony Romo has won ZERO Super Bowls. The Cowboys have paid him like a Super Bowl winning quarterback. The Cowboys don’t owe him a single thing. If they can get anything in the draft for him so be it.

  40. viffty says: Apr 3, 2017 4:50 PM

    Give it up, Jerrah. Everybody knows you have to release Romo so they won’t give you squat to get him.

    If you really cared about him, as you’ve futilely tried to convince us of, then you would have already released him, as you repeatedly pledged to do. Instead, you’re holding onto him in the ridiculous hope that somebody will give you a conditional 7th rounder (at best). Do what you said you would and release him now so he can find a team to play for that might actually win a playoff game instead of implode like all of your teams do.

  41. weeteblog says: Apr 3, 2017 4:56 PM

    QB Film Room says:
    Apr 3, 2017 3:16 PM
    I cant remember did the Colts Release Peyton Manning in 2012? Yeah they did… What is Jerry doing?

    *******************************************************

    Lets see, if your the Cowboys GM and you have a veteran QB under contract that a handful of teams would take as their starter……you can A) Release the QB so he can sign wherever he wants and get nothing in return OR B) You can hold on to the QB, wait for teams desperate for a starting QB and work out a trade and get something in return.

    Saying Jerry should “do the right thing” and release him is like saying Romo should do the right thing and give back his game checks for the 2015 and 2016 injuries.

  42. rugolin says: Apr 3, 2017 5:16 PM

    I guess this is what Tony Romo gets for being a team player and a company man last years and during the off season by saying and doing all the right things. Like the one characters says in Bridge of Spies. “The boss isn’t always right but he is always the boss”

  43. bworacle says: Apr 3, 2017 5:23 PM

    Considering the lack of due diligence the Texans did in signing Brock Osweiler even talking to Romo would be an improvement.

  44. maust1013 says: Apr 3, 2017 5:32 PM

    weeteblog says:
    Apr 3, 2017 4:56 PM
    QB Film Room says:

    Saying Jerry should “do the right thing” and release him is like saying Romo should do the right thing and give back his game checks for the 2015 and 2016 injuries.
    ==========================

    Except of course Jerry said they would go by the ‘do right rule.’ The joke is on all of us that thought he would keep his word to a player that has been ‘like a son’ to him or believed ‘do right’ meant anything other than ‘right’ for the Boys.
    Had he just kept his mouth shut no one would blame him for trying to generate a return

  45. thirdand43 says: Apr 3, 2017 5:33 PM

    Which NFL team that is interested in Romo has the most skilled clavicle repair specialist on their medical staff? He would probably take that into consideration.

  46. daysend564 says: Apr 3, 2017 5:36 PM

    rugolin says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:16 PM
    I guess this is what Tony Romo gets for being a team player and a company man last years and during the off season by saying and doing all the right things. Like the one characters says in Bridge of Spies. “The boss isn’t always right but he is always the boss”
    ———————————–
    To be fair, Tony has not once taken a pay cut in order for the team to bring in other players. He has restructured, pushing money into later years (and why his cap number is so high now), but he’s always gotten his $$$.

    If the Cowboys weren’t going to eat so much dead money, he’d have likely been released by now. Financially, it makes more sense for them to keep him for the season.

  47. texasredskin says: Apr 3, 2017 6:10 PM

    I dont get it with Tony Romo why all the hype he is only 2-4 in playoff games. How can he make a team a super bowl contender when he never took his own team to the super bowl. Smh.

  48. senatorblutarsky says: Apr 3, 2017 6:26 PM

    A team in desperate need of a quarterback will step up. I’m not a fan of Jerry Jones but I agree with him in this case. He shouldn’t allow Romo to go for nothing when he still has some compensatory value.

  49. therealzeitgeist says: Apr 3, 2017 6:26 PM

    I see lots of comparisons to Manning vis-a-vis the Colts; but fact is that was a great trade – the Colts saved a ton of money to win the same zero Superbowls they would’ve won with Manning.

    Broncos took Manning to Superbowl much as other way around; and it was Broncos (see Miller, Von etc.) more than Manning who actually a got a ring.

    Broncos might be able to do same thing for Romo; but Romo’s not taking anyone to a Superbowl.

  50. idiedpretty says: Apr 3, 2017 7:30 PM

    Broncos didn’t trade for Manning. Doink. That’s the whole point here.

  51. xofdallas says: Apr 3, 2017 7:56 PM

    I just wonder what Tony Romo thinks of Jones now? To my mind, Jones is being greedy, and Romo’s getting screwed over. Frankly, my hope now is that Romo says fine, sits on the bench for the 2017 season and makes $17 million doing it. After that, he likely could just say “screw you” to Jones and walk.

    I live in the Dallas area. I’m not a Cowboys fan, not for any reason, I’m just not. But right now I think Jerry Jones is showing his true colors, and they’re an ugly shade of dollar-bill green.

  52. rootpain says: Apr 3, 2017 8:20 PM

    co99622 says:
    Apr 3, 2017 3:52 PM

    That or his 3 Super Bowl rings… But it is definitely one of the two. Like it or not he is one of the most influential owners in the league. with more Superbowl victories under his ownership than almost all others. convenient how people leave that out.. But, but it was Jimmy’s team. I forgot Jimmy hired himself, oh wait it was Jerry that hired Jimmy.
    —————————————————–
    Nobody is leaving anything out, Stephen. Your dad showed he had the business acumen to buy the Cowboys and hire a good coach/GM. They won several SuperBowls and made it look like it would be a dynasty. And then he forgot the formula and involved himself in football operations. Well not really. All he did was put himself in front of the camera. The rest is the history that will survive him. He’s a failure that can’t win what he can’t buy. Didn’t want to take the chance of earning entry to the HoF so he bought his own gold jacket. Not much of a legend there if you ask me.

  53. polapea says: Apr 3, 2017 8:46 PM

    I hope Tony pulls a hammie and sticks the girls with his full salary.

  54. sariff420 says: Apr 3, 2017 9:29 PM

    Can’t believe people are comparing this to the Manning situation. Not even close

  55. bird2urmother says: Apr 3, 2017 9:48 PM

    Get over it, cowboys. Ain’t nobody calling u for a trade.

  56. fakejerryjones says: Apr 3, 2017 10:13 PM

    I approve of this message

  57. cjweber5187 says: Apr 3, 2017 10:14 PM

    Houston needs to just throw a 7th at Dallas. We need a competent QB asap to take advantage of this team’s talent and I feel like the Cowboys would take any compensation for Romo as a victory at this point.

  58. bassplucker says: Apr 3, 2017 10:48 PM

    So wasn’t this supposed to open the floodgates with a furious dash by multiple teams to sign Romo, followed by the remaining FA QBs being quickly snapped up by every team who lost out on him.

    Doesn’t exactly look like it, does it?

  59. jaysayz says: Apr 3, 2017 11:01 PM

    As a Texans fan I know that getting Romo is a bad idea because of his age and injury history. BUT I can’t help but wonder what we could do with an above average qb if by some miracle he can stay healthy. A part of me thinks that for a 5th or 6th round pick it is worth finding out.

  60. dudeicle says: Apr 4, 2017 1:23 AM

    Just release him, Jerry. jeez

  61. omeimontis says: Apr 4, 2017 2:38 AM

    It looks like Jones is desperate and teams know it. They are not going to trade for Romo, in the process giving up draft picks and picking up his current contract.

  62. jasonwittensbaldspot says: Apr 4, 2017 4:35 AM

    PLEASE let Washington be the only team that offers a trade.. I wonder what Jerry would do if they offered a 2nd or 3rd round pick for him..

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