According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, veteran quarterback Tony Romo is expecting to be released by the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.
The speculation surrounding Dallas Cowboys former starting quarterback Tony Romo continues. Following yet another injury-plagued season in Dallas, the 36-year old Romo has likely played his last contest wearing the Star on his helmet.
Due to the rise of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott under center last season, the Cowboys front office is expected to either to trade or release Romo soon. Although getting something for a franchise quarterback is preferable to getting nothing, owner and general manager Jerry Jones is known to be a very loyal individual. And his close relationship with the 14-year veteran always made an outright release a real possibility.
Although cutting Romo would do little to improve the Cowboys roster, the move would give the aging superstar absolutely freedom to choose his next destination. And as a free agent, Tony would be a much more attractive add over a trade, where his next team would likely lose a draft selection or two and have to consider his massive salary as well.
According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, being released by Dallas is exactly what Romo is expecting according to a source.
Turning 37-years old in April, Romo is two years removed from what was essentially his last full season of play in Dallas. Back in 2014, he threw for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Romo was arguably the MVP that season, leading the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and their first postseason victory in five years.
Unfortunately, injuries limited Romo to just five games in the past two seasons. And the excellent play of Prescott in Dallas has made the veteran expendable. It now appears the Cowboys will give their longtime starter one last gift, and allow him to choose his own destiny. Even if Dallas gets nothing in return for Romo except a bit of salary cap relief.