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Jerry Jones to Tony Romo: All the best my friend

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After months of speculation about how Tony Romo’s time with the Cowboys would come to an end, the curtain finally dropped on Tuesday with the quarterback’s release.

The Cowboys made the move official on Tuesday afternoon, several hours after Romo’s plans to move from the playing field to the broadcast booth went public. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement that the move was what Romo wanted.

“We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best,” Jones said. “As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family.”

Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organization for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the filed. He will leave us with many great memories and a legacy of being, truly, one of the greatest players in Cowboys history. We are thrilled for him and his family that he will be able to continue working as a professional in the game he so dearly loves.”

“He is a young man who is just getting started on a long journey in life. All the best my friend.”

The Cowboys confirmed that Romo will be designated as a post-June 1 cut in order to spread his remaining cap hit out over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

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41 Responses to “Jerry Jones to Tony Romo: All the best my friend”
  1. amaf21 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:32 PM

    so he went from starting QB on a super bowl contender to retired game announcer in less than a year? i don’t buy it.

  2. seatownballers says: Apr 4, 2017 3:34 PM

    Forget this drama.
    Forget the injuries.
    Forget the missed championships.

    They made each other millions. All either ever cared about

  3. exinsidetrader says: Apr 4, 2017 3:37 PM

    I know Simms is bad, but why should anyone believe that Romo will be good at such a job?

  4. wib22 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:40 PM

    He says, as the knife is hanging out of his back.

  5. polegojim says: Apr 4, 2017 3:44 PM

    Can’t WAIT to hear the PAUL HARVEY on this one.

  6. suncawy says: Apr 4, 2017 3:45 PM

    Some of this diesn’t make sense, why not put Romo on the reserved/retired list ? They said by putting Doug Free on that same list the Cowboys free up 5 million in cap space, so with Romo, his salary would go to. Instead, he’s a June 1st cut with his cap hit spreading over 2 years. If the player is retiring, the team doesn’t have to pay him more and just free up the cap space.

  7. jonathankrobinson424 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:46 PM

    Actions DO speak louder than words…and Jerry showed that by NOT releasing Tony Romo 4 weeks ago durning the free-agent period. So what,if Tony signed with Denver or Houston, both teams are in the AFC. Jerry did Tony wrong.

  8. zoneread510 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:47 PM

    I think Mr. Jones had more to do with Tony getting the CBS gig than he would lead people to believe. I’m sure CBS had to feel comfortable enough that Tony could do the job and would be successful before moving forward, but I’m sure Jerry pulled some strings.

    Well played Jerry.

  9. weepingjebus says: Apr 4, 2017 3:49 PM

    He does deserve credit for not sending Balco style shipments to his wife to try to drag this out a few more years.

  10. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 4, 2017 3:52 PM

    Huh? Jerrah has friends?

  11. veracityguy says: Apr 4, 2017 3:53 PM

    And a quote from the Godfather “and congratulations on your new business venture, especially since your interests don’t coincide with my interests”

  12. elyasm says: Apr 4, 2017 3:53 PM

    So….. is he now free to sign with the Texans/Broncos/Whoevers?

  13. gmen5280 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:57 PM

    Jones has damaged his and the Cowboys image immensely with forcing a player, a friend into the only option but retirement.

  14. factschecker says: Apr 4, 2017 3:58 PM

    If Romo ends up being a top flight (golf pun fully intended) broadcaster I bet Jerry takes all the credit.

  15. wib22 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:59 PM

    Huh? Jerrah has friends?

    ****

    The strippers don’t count.

  16. nortonfest says: Apr 4, 2017 4:03 PM

    suncawy says:
    Apr 4, 2017 3:45 PM
    Some of this diesn’t make sense, why not put Romo on the reserved/retired list ? They said by putting Doug Free on that same list the Cowboys free up 5 million in cap space, so with Romo, his salary would go to. Instead, he’s a June 1st cut with his cap hit spreading over 2 years. If the player is retiring, the team doesn’t have to pay him more and just free up the cap space.
    _________________

    Suncawy,

    It all boils down to what goes on the salary cap this year vs. next year. If you go on the retired list, all previous bonus money goes to the salary cap this year. If you cut someone with a June 1st designation, you get to spread the salary cap hit over this year and next year.

    With Romo, they chose to spread that previous bonus money over two years. However, by cutting Romo, he really is free to sign with any other team. The Cowboys no longer hold his rights. They do still hold the rights to Doug Free if he decided he still wanted to play.

    Hope this helps.

  17. honkeyt says: Apr 4, 2017 4:04 PM

    Benedict Jones. Just wow.

  18. dragonfly99 says: Apr 4, 2017 4:06 PM

    or as Donald Trump would say “You’re Fired”

  19. phinsfankent says: Apr 4, 2017 4:06 PM

    Good chess move, Tony. Now, wait until the draft is over to pick your new NFL team.

  20. ducks4remi says: Apr 4, 2017 4:09 PM

    I wonder how much is cost Jerry for Romo to “retire”.

  21. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 4, 2017 4:11 PM

    I would love it if Tony would turn around and sign with the Broncos now.

  22. 1phillyphan says: Apr 4, 2017 4:15 PM

    Romo will be missed in Philly..He was always good for a game ending fumble or Int to win it for us.
    But to be fair. I’m happy for him. He does have knowledge of the game and the personality to be on TV. I’m one of the few in Philly who thinks Aikman does a great job. Why risk walking in the future when he can heal, play the game he lives in Golf and nake millions broadcasting. Good for him

  23. citizenstrange says: Apr 4, 2017 4:15 PM

    I kind of underestimated the injury factor leading Romo to retire. In hindsight he was injured a lot and back injuries are especially scary. So why not retire to a decent job and still be able to play golf and lead a normal celebrity life?

  24. steelcurtainn says: Apr 4, 2017 4:19 PM

    Nice thing to say when your on your way out the door with no sb ring.

  25. screwmemean says: Apr 4, 2017 4:25 PM

    Romo signed a non-compete agreement. Jerry got him.

  26. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 4, 2017 4:30 PM

    To everybody saying Jones did Romo wrong… He cut the man, albeit a little later than most thought he would. Could’ve let him retire and saved the cap hit from cutting him. Jones did right by Romo. Especially since Jones held all the cards.

  27. ralphwilsonisrich says: Apr 4, 2017 4:35 PM

    Romo is jerry’s favorite man

  28. nknielsen says: Apr 4, 2017 4:40 PM

    “1phillyphan says:
    Apr 4, 2017 4:15 PM
    Romo will be missed in Philly..He was always good for a game ending fumble or Int to win it for us.
    But to be fair. I’m happy for him. He does have knowledge of the game and the personality to be on TV. I’m one of the few in Philly who thinks Aikman does a great job. Why risk walking in the future when he can heal, play the game he lives in Golf and nake millions broadcasting. Good for him”

    In other news, Romo is 9-5 against the Eagles, in games where he has more than 5 pass attempt, i.e. haven’t been injured right away…

  29. jaxon51 says: Apr 4, 2017 4:54 PM

    Jerruh: ” thanks for the 2 playoff wins Tony, now go enjoy next career before Prescott passes you in playoff wins and playoff winning pct in a he next couple years “

  30. pastabelly says: Apr 4, 2017 4:56 PM

    Two playoff wins in his career and no broadcasting experience. The man is living right.

  31. horsepedlr says: Apr 4, 2017 4:56 PM

    jerrah wishs him all the best, as long as it’s not the texans. lol

  32. daysend564 says: Apr 4, 2017 5:12 PM

    They scratched each others backs on this one.

    Jerry doesn’t have to see Tony in another uniform, potentially facing him in the future. Jerry doesn’t have to worry that the Cowboys aren’t the best team in Texas. The Cowboys can free up some cap space to sign some guys long term (FA is empty).

    Tony gets to retire a Cowboy. He gets to join broadcast booth and continue his golfing career. Most importantly, he doesn’t have to worry about paying back any of the bonus money he received in the past for the two years remaining on his contract.

  33. glclemg says: Apr 4, 2017 5:31 PM

    This from the same guy that kicked Tom Landry out the back door. Hank Hill would kick his butt right about now.

  34. jsrdc says: Apr 4, 2017 5:52 PM

    @ amaf21

    “so he went from starting QB on a super bowl contender to retired game announcer in less than a year? i don’t buy it.”

    Yes, he was the starter in August, got hurt in preseason, and Dak (who proved to be the best QB in the draft in 2017) took the reins from there – 13-3 was the result. Romo’s options as far as a trade were basically zero, and Dallas wasn’t going to give him away for zero compensation.

    Romo made a smart decision. He is going to be 37,d has young children, a beautiful young wife, and multiple TV offers came his way. It isn’t complicated to connect the dots. He is a great guy, was a great team player, and could be a potential HOF’er.

    Lastly, you don’t have to “buy” anything, but nobody is “selling”. It is a smart move by Tony. I wish him all the luck.

  35. icebowler says: Apr 4, 2017 6:11 PM

    From my perspective, it looks like Jones took the high road for a change. He’s been getting a lot of heat recently for not releasing Romo right away. But he kept his mouth shut and didn’t attack the media back. It looks like Romo didn’t want to be released until he made up his mind about playing or retiring. Now we know that he’s been negotiation with the networks about a TV gig and if other teams were able to contact him about playing during this time, that would just have been a major distraction. When Tony is in his 60’s and still playing his second love game of golf, he’s going to look back and be happy about his decision to move on at this time.

  36. jag1959 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:01 PM

    Everything about this has been handled terribly by everyone involved including CBS.

  37. MichaelEdits says: Apr 4, 2017 7:57 PM

    Fourteen years and zero Super Bowl wins. Yep, that’s a fine Dallas Cowboy legacy there.

  38. jjfootball says: Apr 4, 2017 8:40 PM

    Yeah, and up yours Jerry!

  39. jjfootball says: Apr 4, 2017 8:42 PM

    They kept Prescott in because they were winning games, but they would have been even better with Romo playing! And I hate Dallas.

  40. nhpats says: Apr 5, 2017 12:21 AM

    To the posters mentioning Romo and the HOF…..please…..never going to happen…..unless Tony is just there for a visit

  41. mball13 says: Apr 5, 2017 9:13 AM

    No Jerry, you did what he asked AFTER no team would trade you for him. Let’s not make it sound like you had his best interest at heart.

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