Romo’s TV deal likely will keep door open for a return to football

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Depending upon which report(s) you believe, Tony Romo is, or isn’t, retiring from football. Some are trying to tiptoe on the tightrope between declaring that he’s done vs. done for now, and for good reason.

For weeks, a sense has persisted in league circles that, if Romo chooses broadcasting, he’ll negotiate his contract to allow for a return to football during the season.

If that’s the approach, it would be an acknowledgement that Romo can’t make it through a full season, but an indication that he could be intrigued by the possibility of sliding into the right situation, if an untimely injury to a starter on a contending team opens the door for an attempt to take a contender deep into the postseason.

To properly lay the foundation for such a move, Romo needs to be released by the Cowboys. If they would instead place him on the reserve/retired list, he’d first need to get them to release him if/when he wants to return. And if he wants to return because a team develops a sudden need for his services, the Cowboys may choose at that point to try to get something in return for his rights.

Then there’s the potential complication that would arise from a return after the trade deadline. At that point, Romo would be subject to waivers — which means that any other team could squat on his contract and keep him from going where he wants to go.

So a free and clear release makes sense for Romo. It also makes sense for the Cowboys, since it would allow the cap charge to be spread over two years. Still, what makes sense and what actually happens have at times been at odds in this saga, so there’s no reason to try to predict with certainty where this roller coaster is heading next.

40 responses to “Romo’s TV deal likely will keep door open for a return to football

  1. Just let him go Jerry. After a fortuitous draft last year people were not making fun of you (as much) anymore. This just makes you look bad.

  2. My sources tell me that Romo new he was going to work for ESPN about 4 months ago, but they told him they would give him a million dollar signing bonus if he didnt say anything till now.

    That way ESPN would talk about where he might end up incessantly for 4 months.

  3. “What makes sense”? Please. What has made sense all along is that Romo is still a terrific QB when healthy, but because of his health issues he can’t be counted on or valued at that full level (which would be worth multiple 1st round picks). The SENSIBLE thing always would have been a simple trade to a contending AFC team in return for a 2nd or 3rd round pick, or better yet a conditional pick for 2018, and then all would be done with it.

    Instead, the (definitely) interested other teams have played games regarding their interest, forcing Dallas to play games about what it would do with Romo…and now Romo is playing games about retirement.

    I’ll believe retirement when I see it. See you in Houston, Tony!

  4. Great way to free up money in free agency Jerry!
    Only now everyone has been signed, and the cowboys lost all 4 starters in their secondary. Gonna be all rookies. Best of luck with that

  5. So that’s an acknowledgement he can’t make it through a full season? How did you jump to that conclusion? No chance he just doesn’t love the game as much or his body hurts or they offered him an insane pay day not to play? Great reporting..pulitzer

  6. It forces the boys to release him and he can play hard to get with everyone to feed his ego.

  7. Wheels inside of wheels, maybe we should wait for Romo and the Cowboys to announce something. Oh yeah, no clicks generated by that. Never mind, carry on…

  8. @redsoxu571

    There has to be a team willing to make that trade and take on his existing contract. None were/are. Best bet is that teams will offer $8-10MM guaranteed as a FA, with plenty of performance-based incentives, most of which – based on his injury history -would be unlikely to be reached and thus not not counted against the salary cap until after the next season.

  9. Whatever the most sensible move is, the Cowboys will do the exact opposite. #IWantMeSomeGloryHole

  10. Romo is/was a good regular season QB, with a knack for making something out of nothing and for making costly mistakes at the most inopportune times, i.e. fumbling snap on field goal attempt in Seattle, throwing a late pick against Denver to lose the game after playing lights out for the first 57 minutes, etc…

    He was not great in the playoffs or one and done week 17 games. Meaning he wasn’t very clutch, but he threw for a lot of yards during meaningless games.

    He got seriously injured the last 3 times he stepped out on the field ( 2 broken collarbones, 1 broken spine). Maybe it’s a good thing he hangs his cleats up while he can still walk.

  11. Lol, Houston is not screwed. They will have a better QB next season then what they had last season. The Browns are screwed. Brock Osweiler is the best QB currently on their roster and even they don’t want him.

  12. Tony Romo is as overrated as the cowboys. I do not want to hear his whiney voice on sunday’s.

  13. jammer88 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 10:15 AM
    Wow, all this press for a has been who never won a SB and only played in 1 playoff game.

    He played in more than 1 playoff game. He was 2 and 4 in the playoffs.

  14. What I want to see happen.

    1: Romo leaves for broadcasting.

    2: Dak gets injured week 1 and goes straight to IR.

    3: Jerry begs Romo to come back.

    4: Romo says he’ll consider it, then leaves Jerry hanging for most of the season before finally saying no.

  15. @marvsleezy says:
    Apr 4, 2017 9:42 AM

    My sources tell me that Romo new he was going to work for ESPN about 4 months ago, but they told him they would give him a million dollar signing bonus if he didnt say anything till now.

    That way ESPN would talk about where he might end up incessantly for 4 months.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Nice try but ESPN can barely keep the lights on. They will barely be able to afford his salary, let alone $1 million just to keep quiet. Remember, it’s Disney calling the financial shots, not ESPN.

  16. I still don’t get the hype for a 37 year old QB who hasn’t played much in two years and has the back as old as my grandma’s.

    Oh that’s right he played in Dallas.

  17. I might be wrong but this doesn’t make much business sense. In the case of both entities – the Cowboys and/or the broadcast company would be making a business decision based on the potential uncertainty of Romo’s availability. Why would either do that?

    I believe if Romo finds himself in the Booth, his football day are done.

  18. If Jerry and Tony have such a great relationship, why would Jerry not be aware of this announcement the day before it happened? If he did, why would he have announced teams could talk/negotiate with Romo?

    Something doesn’t smell right.

  19. marvsleezy says:
    Apr 4, 2017 9:42 AM

    My sources tell me that Romo new he was going to work for ESPN about 4 months ago, but they told him they would give him a million dollar signing bonus if he didnt say anything till now.
    ———————————————————

    My sources tell me that your sources suck the big one.

  20. Meanwhile in NE: Bill I’ve got Texas, Cleveland, and Denver all on hold, something about Jimmy G. Which one do you want to talk to first?

  21. If he retires without the Cowpies releasing him, then there is a chance he can return to them in case Dak Prescott has a slump and the Cowpies need him to reach the playoffs.

  22. Lot of noise about some dude who never was an elite QB. C’mon cowgirls he was never that great-get over it already.

  23. Tony Romo is/was one of the best QBs of this era. Of course he’s a winner. People that don’t understand sports, don’t know if a guy is winner until after the fact. Then they either jump on the bandwagon, or look for a hole to crawl into. Phil Mickelson can’t win the big one!. LeBron can’t win the big one! Peyton Manning can’t win the big one! If Romo was in New England, he’d have a couple rings. Maybe not five, but he’d have 2 or 3

  24. Certainly, Romo would Return to Dallas this year, If Prescott suffered a season-ending injury.

    Jones probably wouldn’t permit Romo to play for another NFC team, since he would not want to have to face Romo in the playoffs or a late regular season game. An AFC tem might be a possibility if Romo would not have to play against Dallas unless both teams reach the Superbowl.

    If Romo plays this year, he’s likely to suffer another season ending injury. So a team would have to be desperate to sign him.

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