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Tony Romo says Cowboys cut him to let him keep bonus money

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The Cowboys did Tony Romo a big favor when they released him today.

By cutting Romo, rather than placing him on the NFL’s reserve/retired list, the Cowboys gave Romo the freedom to change his mind about retirement and sign with any team at any time. Romo says he’s committed to broadcasting and is done playing, but many players have said they were done only to get the itch to play again. Romo can, and he doesn’t need the Cowboys’ permission now.

But Romo said on a CBS conference call today that the Cowboys were doing him a different kind of favor by cutting him: Romo said the reason he asked the Cowboys to cut him was so that he wouldn’t be obligated to pay back a portion of his signing bonus. If he had retired, the Cowboys could have forced him to pay back $5 million in previously paid bonus money. Romo says Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was doing him a kindness with the roster transaction.

“I’ve never had a better boss or mentor than Jerry Jones,” Romo said.

It’s still possible that Romo could make Jones regret that kindness by signing on with another team, and helping that team beat the Cowboys. But Romo insists he’s done, and Jones apparently believes him, and is willing to give him a $5 million farewell gift.

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65 Responses to “Tony Romo says Cowboys cut him to let him keep bonus money”
  1. abninf says: Apr 4, 2017 6:51 PM

    I knew he would take care of Romo. You people love to bash Jerry behind your computers but name one former player who had bad things to say about him.

  2. karmathaitch says: Apr 4, 2017 6:52 PM

    Great gift to his kin.

  3. wib22 says: Apr 4, 2017 6:59 PM

    Jerrah still called greg hardy a leader, so he’s still bad.

  4. sob617 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:00 PM

    I’ve bashed Jerrah many times but if this plays out as reported, good on him. Romo was more than a good soldier for the ‘Boys and I wish him well moving forward.

  5. touchdownamericasteam says: Apr 4, 2017 7:01 PM

    But jerry’s a hartless jerk, right?

  6. sportoficionado says: Apr 4, 2017 7:01 PM

    Wait so Jerry isn’t a bad guy after all?..hmm because just scrolling through a lot of the comments on pft artices you would think he was the worst type of person–an honest appraisal of this situation is no different than any previous players that left the Cowboys, they all love Jerry Jones and have only positive things to say about him as a boss and person. Good on Tony for his professionalism, even better because it was on his terms.

  7. suncawy says: Apr 4, 2017 7:02 PM

    Someday Romo will come back as coach, not necessarily a head coach, but Jerry might not be around by then.

  8. bobthebillsfan says: Apr 4, 2017 7:03 PM

    As much as I think Jerrah is a big dork and should not be playing GM or team Dr. to the detriment of the franchise, I do believe he is loyal to a fault and that he did this out of respect and friendship for Tony. So, if true, as much as I hate to say it, good on you, Jerry.

  9. wib22 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:07 PM

    Wait so Jerry isn’t a bad guy after all?..hmm because just scrolling through a lot of the comments on pft artices you would think he was the worst type of person–an honest appraisal of this situation is no different than any previous players that left the Cowboys, they all love Jerry Jones and have only positive things to say about him as a boss and person. Good on Tony for his professionalism, even better because it was on his terms.

    1 2

    ***

    his views on domestic abuse and hypocrticial comments regarding zeke provide plenty of ammo.

  10. jimmysee says: Apr 4, 2017 7:08 PM

    I won the March Madness brackets pool in my office. That’s almost as good!

    🙂

  11. jonwill57 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:08 PM

    I admire Jerry’s compassion for his people. I know first hand what he did to help a young man continue his career and beyond. This move doesn’t surprise me. A person can be a businessman like Jones or like Trump. I’ll take Jones any day of the week.

  12. jag1959 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:08 PM

    Uh huh, cut him and let him keep the bonus money with the understanding he would take the broadcasting gig and not go to certain teams.

  13. chriscowboyfann says: Apr 4, 2017 7:10 PM

    what is the cap hit or salary cap ramifications to the cowboys?

  14. kcchefs58 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:12 PM

    abninf says:
    Apr 4, 2017 6:51 PM
    I knew he would take care of Romo. You people love to bash Jerry behind your computers but name one former player who had bad things to say about him.
    ——————————————————–
    I don’t keep tabs on Jerry or the ‘Boys, but I think most of the smack talking on Jerry in about his desire to remain the GM, which “may have” hindered a Super Bowl appearance and/or victory. There’s no way of knowing for sure.

    Regardless, I don’t fault him at all. I used to play a ton of Madden and so many people still do. The franchise mode was the best, IMO, and Jerry is doing that in real life. I bet more people would do the same if given the chance and most, if not all, wouldn’t admit it.

  15. maust1013 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:14 PM

    Translation: it cost Jerry 5 mil to both save face and keep Romo from playing for the Broncos, Texans or Redskins. Because sure as hell nothing else about the way this went down jives with the end result.

  16. questionableopinion says: Apr 4, 2017 7:16 PM

    I don’t understand how giving Tony Romo more money makes someone a good person.

    Low standards, I guess.

  17. swhy19 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:20 PM

    Good job on Jerry’s part for doing right by Romo, Romo deserves it..
    Any true Cowboy fan still doesn’t believe Jerry has enough credit in the fan bank to make up for his past screwups…
    1) Annoying Jimmy Johnson
    2) Not drafting Randy Moss
    3) Trading 2 #1’s for Joey Galloway
    4) Trading #1, #3 and #6 for Roy Williams
    5) Chan Gailey
    6) Dave Campo
    7) 8 billion other things…..

  18. pacificdan says: Apr 4, 2017 7:22 PM

    Jerry is good to his long term players almost to a fault. You don’t see any long term Dallas Cowboy players talking bad about him.

  19. ihavepriors says: Apr 4, 2017 7:22 PM

    Regardless, I don’t fault him at all. I used to play a ton of Madden…………… Total NFL expert!
    ________________________________
    Pure Pro fan boy, right here! LOL!

  20. ihavepriors says: Apr 4, 2017 7:25 PM

    Apr 4, 2017 7:14 PM
    Translation: it cost Jerry 5 mil to both save face and keep Romo from playing for the Broncos, Texans or Redskins. Because sure as hell nothing else about the way this went down jives with the end result.
    ____________________________________
    Not true at all. It required time to negotiate a binding covenant-not-compete such that Romo agrees to never play again in the NFL. Simple biddness, son!

  21. ihavepriors says: Apr 4, 2017 7:26 PM

    pr 4, 2017 7:14 PM
    Translation: it cost Jerry 5 mil to both save face and keep Romo from playing for the Broncos, Texans or Redskins. Because sure as hell nothing else about the way this went down jives with the end result.
    ____________________________________
    Not true at all. It required time to negotiate a binding covenant-not-compete such that Romo agrees to never play again in the NFL. Simple biddness, son!!

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  22. kenmasters34 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:27 PM

    OR, Romo could have waited 2 more weeks and force them to cut him or pay him for the whole year.

    Really they were not doing him a big favor.

  23. mroklahoma says: Apr 4, 2017 7:28 PM

    The only $5 Million I have is from 8 Ball Pool. And Romo gets it as a parting gift!

  24. jackedupboonie says: Apr 4, 2017 7:31 PM

    That’s funny, Lynch retired and Seattle let him keep his 5 mil bonus money. Cowboys just did him one better by release which on paper allows him the freedom to go anywhere if he gets the itch…..but there sure seems to be more to this wink wink story.

  25. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 4, 2017 7:51 PM

    Long after Jerry passes way, you’re going to hear a million more goodwill stories like this one. As a Cowboy fan I’ve long had a love/hate relationship with Jerry, but no one can question his loyalty to guys that wear the Star.

  26. cribbage12 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:53 PM

    I’d say the same thing about Jerruh if he cut me and gave me $500K

  27. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2017 8:04 PM

    “The retirement watch we ordered didn’t arrive in time, so here, take this instead, Tony.”.

  28. exinsidetrader says: Apr 4, 2017 8:11 PM

    If you hate rich, successful businessmen just because they are rich and successful it says everything about you and nothing about them. Go watch football in Venezuela, but bring your own toilet paper and food.

  29. jackedupboonie says: Apr 4, 2017 8:14 PM

    Jerry told Tony it was his recommendation letter that got him the CBS gig.

  30. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 4, 2017 8:15 PM

    Wait so Jerry isn’t a bad guy after all?..hmm because just scrolling through a lot of the comments on pft artices you would think he was the worst type of person–an honest appraisal of this situation is no different than any previous players that left the Cowboys, they all love Jerry Jones and have only positive things to say about him as a boss and person. Good on Tony for his professionalism, even better because it was on his terms.

    1 2

    ***

    his views on domestic abuse and hypocrticial comments regarding

    provide plenty of ammo.

    Just like Bill Belicheat on signing DUI clowns. Hope you fall off your high horse onto your dull sword.

  31. murphyslaw40 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:18 PM

    Tony is fitting in with the commentators already. If you don’t know for sure, make it up and see if it floats.

  32. wib22 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:27 PM

    Just like Bill Belicheat on signing DUI clowns. Hope you fall off your high horse onto your dull sword.

    ******

    Who has he signed other than floyd which he didn’t know about

  33. ron69 says: Apr 4, 2017 8:30 PM

    Imagine Texans winning Super Bowl with Tony Romo being the MVP, that wasn’t far to reality, Jerry Jones did what he had to do.
    Texans with a healthy Tony Romo are arguably the best football team in the league.

  34. tonebones says: Apr 4, 2017 8:38 PM

    I love Jerry Jones. He’s a smart son of a gun. Romo will talk about Jerry like he’s the cat’s meow. That will be the best $5 bills Jerry ever spent. Romo had a great career and I’m glad he’s retiring as a Cowboy. Plus, if Prescott were to go down, Tony owes Jerry a favor. Romo just might get that super bowl ring after all.

  35. cowboyinpawleys says: Apr 4, 2017 8:51 PM

    The only way he comes back is “knock on wood” an injury to Dak

  36. howiehandles says: Apr 4, 2017 9:14 PM

    “You people love to bash Jerry behind your computers but name one former player who had bad things to say about him.”

    ———–

    It’s because they hate the Cowboys. Plain and simple.

  37. stevejjones says: Apr 4, 2017 9:25 PM

    He still fired Tom Landry and Nike is waiting for him in Hades to give him a big swoosh down the River Stix.

  38. otheirony says: Apr 4, 2017 9:28 PM

    Enough with the Romo articles. Never has one player done so little yet garnered so much attention. Don’t care who broadcasts games. Truth be told, often times I turn the TV sound off and listen to the radio.

    Romo was a little above average as a QB.

    Time to move on.

  39. fakejerryjones says: Apr 4, 2017 10:11 PM

    I approve of this message.

  40. maverick2560 says: Apr 4, 2017 10:24 PM

    All that criticism of Jerry Jones was way off base. He treated Romo as if he were a son. Romo’s last contract was a huge contract that burdened the Cowboys in free agency. Sources stated it was the second
    largest cap number for 2017 behind only Joe Flacco ( who won a Super
    Bowl) Romo was also not exactly an all in teammate who spent many
    off-season golfing or managing his back. Clearly he was not the hardest off-season guy ( see Sports Illustrated article by Albert Breer)
    He was also not exactly the best example for teammates during the season as far as off the field behavior. ( see multiple articles)
    He was certainly no Brady or Manning in his dedication. Which was his prerogative. However the criticism of the Jones family for attempting to find value ( while also limiting the choices to those Romo agreed ) was out of line.
    Romo had a nice career. Not a Hall of Fame career. He was treated well by the Cowboys and now has the chance to move on to a career in TV. A remarkable achievement for a free agent. He will not return. His last injury was a viscious hit that hopefully made Romo realize that there is more to his future than taking more hits like that.

  41. bam5239 says: Apr 4, 2017 10:42 PM

    This was a win win move. By cutting Romo his prorated bonus money is split over two years instead of one and Romo keeps his pay. Although Romo can sign with anyone he’ll do so as a villain that broke his gentlemen’s agreement with Jerry. Ratings matter in the NFL so owners will be less inclined to make an offer.

    I think we can shelve the Jerry sainthood movement, seeing how he didn’t release Romo until Romo planned to retire; forcing the Cowboys hand.

  42. buzzlightner says: Apr 4, 2017 11:18 PM

    i have never accused jerrah of being a heartless person.. only have accused him of being an idiot. have u heard the things that come out of that mans mouth. and he just pmgave away 5 million bucks when the team is strapped. but hey ill give him the benefit of the doubt and say jerrah gave him 5 mil to not come back and sign elsewhere.. which wouldnt be idiotic except for the fact that he could of controlled that by plaicing him on retired list and not paying 5 mil

  43. mi6agent says: Apr 4, 2017 11:21 PM

    Romo’s NFL career is overrated. If he played for the Browns or the Bengals then no one would care. He was a OK QB. Rarely got his team to playoffs, but when he did, it went to no where. With his pretty boy look and Hispanic ethnicity, Romo was a marketing product for the Cowboys and so he is now for CBS.

  44. txmidnite says: Apr 4, 2017 11:25 PM

    kenmasters34 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 7:27 PM

    OR, Romo could have waited 2 more weeks and force them to cut him or pay him for the whole year. Really they were not doing him a big favor.
    ……………………………………………………………….

    Tony held none of the cards. He could “force” nothing. Jones did him right by releasing him. And under no obligation at all, gave Romo a $5 million dollar parting gift. Any way you look at it, Jones did him a solid.

  45. txmidnite says: Apr 4, 2017 11:30 PM

    cribbage12 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 7:53 PM

    I’d say the same thing about Jerruh if he cut me and gave me $500K
    ………………………………………………………..
    Was a $5 million dollar check.

  46. sixburghrules says: Apr 4, 2017 11:36 PM

    $5M for 2 playoff wins Damn Skippy\

  47. black59razorblog says: Apr 4, 2017 11:40 PM

    It’s HILARIOUS to read all the stupid comments on here about Jerry Jones. If you clowns don’t understand that Romo and Jones were in this thing in LOCK STEP from the jump, you are a fool. They were 1000% in understanding of what was going to happen. Jones took the bullets and allowed Tony to use football to get the job he really wanted, which was with the No.1 broadcast team at CBS….and since Tony will also do Golf, you are talking about the dream job of his post football playing career. Do you idiots really think that this TV deal was just thrown together half-assed? Hell no. That took weeks of negotiations, and Tony had leverage he would not otherwise have had if he had been cut. The truth is Jones used his incredible business accument to doTony a HUGE favor, but you clowns couldnt see it, which is just delicious.

  48. sadchiefsfan says: Apr 4, 2017 11:59 PM

    Too bad Jerah did not treat Tom Laundry that way. Thumbs up if you agree.

  49. screwmemean says: Apr 5, 2017 12:28 AM

    And alas, JR kicks his prodigal son out of the mansion never to be welcome again. Dallas, 2.0.

  50. jammer88 says: Apr 5, 2017 5:08 AM

    Enough of this sheet with Romo already. He never won a SB nor even played in one and only played in a few playoff games and he won’t make it into the NFL HOF, so enough already with all this BS on Romo.

  51. screwmemean says: Apr 5, 2017 5:53 AM

    Move on. Soft Romo goes to tv. He never had a true desire to win in the NFL. His move to the booth is no big surprise. He will flame out there as well. Face it fanboys, Romo has one more playoff win than Tim “Jesus” Tebow. Exactly!

  52. walker1191 says: Apr 5, 2017 7:49 AM

    If Jerry was truly a decent human being he would have given Romo at least $6 million.

  53. mindelm42 says: Apr 5, 2017 8:02 AM

    He didn’t actually spend $5 million; he just can’t ask for it back which he wouldn’t have done anyway.

  54. dryzzt23 says: Apr 5, 2017 8:22 AM

    Good for everyone involved…except greedy Uncle Liberal Sam.
    If Romo had to return part of his bonus, well then that’s taxable income for the Cowboys. Even though it was taxed when the Cowboys made sales, and when they gave it to Romo in the first place.
    When is enough taxes enough for our greedy liberal democrat government?
    It’s funny how people say that it’s wrong when the mafia, or gangs, extort people and businesses for “protection” or ask for their “cut” of every transaction.
    Yet this is EXACTLY what the liberal government does on a minute by minute basis and everyone is perfectly fine with that.
    So I hope Romo tells the IRS to shove it b/c they cannot tax him again for keeping the bonus.. Lord knows that the democrats greedy government will take their “cut” of everything that Romo buys with his bonus and everything that he makes at CBS.

  55. kmartin173 says: Apr 5, 2017 8:26 AM

    They should pay him all that extra money, just look at all the huge playoff wins he led them to.

  56. rootpain says: Apr 5, 2017 8:48 AM

    Now all the Jones defenders come out. Baloney.
    Jones owes this and more to Romo. As Jones himself stated, he still saw a SuperBowl in Tony. And it wasn’t with the Cowboys. So Jones did what he had to to ensure that statue never got sculpted.
    A big reason Romo never got (and as it now seems will never get) a SuperBowl ring is Jones’ gross ineptitude. People don’t love him. They fear the power he has to ruin careers. And the only people that believe otherwise probably think he deserves his gold jacket to the HoF as a contributor BEFORE the 20 or so more deserving contributors.
    Jones weakened Romo by never putting a team in front of him capable of protecting him and then broke him by forcing him to play prior to being properly healed. That’s the legacy that will never be read in Canton but that will outlive Jerry Jones.

  57. lonespeed says: Apr 5, 2017 8:52 AM

    He’s done as long as Dak Prescott stays healthy. If something bad were to happen to Prescott in 2017, Romo will return to football immediately.

    Assuming that doesn’t happen, he’s setup for a great future as a professional broadcaster.

    This is a win-win for everyone involved.

  58. truevision21 says: Apr 5, 2017 9:20 AM

    Nice save, Jerrah!

  59. yousoldout714 says: Apr 5, 2017 9:36 AM

    OWNER : yeah…we don’t like you anymore….sooooo you’re gonna have to give us that….bonus money back we gave you….and you’re gonna have to come in on Sunday….that’d be great….

  60. jjackwagon says: Apr 5, 2017 9:43 AM

    Yeah…they cut him… after they made damn sure he wasn’t going to sign with another team.
    Don’t piss down my leg and tell me its raining.

  61. thetooloftools says: Apr 5, 2017 10:11 AM

    He was done three years ago. Put a fork in him.

  62. jgedgar70 says: Apr 5, 2017 10:33 AM

    touchdownamericasteam says:
    Apr 4, 2017 7:01 PM

    But jerry’s a hartless jerk, right?
    _____
    No one ever said he’s heartless. But he is a jerk, a dork, and a terrible GM. Consider his treatment of Tom Landry, running off Jimmy Johnson, hiring the likes of Barry Switzer, Chan Gaily, Dave Campo and the ultimate bubble-headed yes man Jason Garrett, drafting such legends as Quincy Carter (and that would include Johnny Manziel if his son hadn’t put a muzzle in his mouth), signing “leaders” like Greg Hardy, enabling a bone-headed, allegedly grown-ass man by hiring babysitters for him (Dez Bryant), and saying things like “I want me some glory hole” and acting like he’s the most knowledgeable medical professional in the state of Texas.

    Good for him for letting Romo keep the signing bonus. But that doesn’t cancel out all his shenanigans of the past 30 years.

  63. bspurloc says: Apr 5, 2017 12:36 PM


    “…the Cowboys could have forced him to pay back $5 million in previously paid bonus money”

    COULD HAVE is the key here.
    Seattle didnt make Marshawn Lynch pay it on retirement…
    So the implied story is that JJ would have forced him too?

  64. rjwalnuts says: Apr 5, 2017 1:29 PM

    I’d much rather read about Jerry giving 5 mil to someone who isn’t already a multi millionaire and who just got a job making millions more. You know, someone who actually needs it.

  65. theuglitruth says: Apr 5, 2017 2:10 PM

    Tony Romo loves golf & he liked being a Cowboys Starting QB. He was never saw obsessed with winning a SB like Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning. He preferred to work on his craft: golf! That sums up Tony Romo for you!

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