There is a “strong likelihood” that the Cowboys will release Tony Romo today if they don’t get a strong trade proposal from another team. Multiple reports are going around the league stating that the Cowboys are expected to make the cut an allow Romo to hit free agency.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Romo and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke Tuesday which was when the decision was made. Werder says that Romo never pressured Jones to release him and Jones made it clear he was hanging on to Romo with the hope that he would be able to trade him.
Reports also indicate that the Cowboys are going to meet with free agent quarterback Josh McCown. With the emergence of Prescott last year who was named offensive rookie of the year and threw for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and 4 interceptions with a completion percentage of 67.8% – the reality is that the Cowboys just don’t have a need for Romo anymore.
The reality is that anyone who trades for Romo is taking a huge risk, Jones is hanging on to hope more than anything else and the best option for any team out there in the market for a QB is to wait until he becomes a free agent as it is inevitable that will happen now.
It is believed that the Texans and the Broncos are the top two suitors for Romo. Both teams have had Brock Osweiler in the position at some point over the past number of years. Romo will be looking for a team who could possibly make the Super Bowl, at 36 years of age he is coming towards the end of his playing career.
Romo has reportedly stated that Denver would be his preferred choice. The Broncos took a step back last season with a 9-7 record. Trevor Siemian and rookie Lynch combined in the position for 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. They both looked too young and lacked the experience at the league level. The Texans made it to the playoffs despite major QB questions.
Osweiler signed a four year contract with the Texans last season but he was disappointing all year with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
The best bet for any team is to wait until free agency. It would be crazy to trade for Romo given his injuries over the past number of years. He hasn’t played a full 16 game season since 2012 and has only appeared in five games since 2015. He needs to dodge any more serious injuries and hope he can stay fit so that he can finish his playing career on a high.
[UPDATE] – Cowboys are now expecting to trade Tony Romo, not release him.