According to several reports, the Dallas Cowboys are releasing quarterback Tony Romo on Thursday. Here’s why that’s a big mistake.
The answer everyone in the sporting world has been waiting on for months is finally here. And it’s likely not the one many Dallas Cowboys fans wanted to hear.
According to several reports, Dallas will release quarterback Tony Romo on Thursday, as the NFL free agency market opens. And here’s why that’s a terrible move by the Cowboys organization.
First, let’s admit all of the following. Romo is turning 37-years old in April. He’s coming off a severe back injury, his third back related issue in recent years. Romo has also broken his collarbone three separate times. We know all the risks.
Despite those issues, Romo is a rare commodity in the NFL today. A franchise quarterback. That has real value.
Now, it appears Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones’ loyalty to Romo has clouded his judgement as for what’s best for his own franchise. Jones has placed his “do-right” rule with his longtime quarterback before the needs the team. And that’s not a good thing.
How about “do-right” rule for the Cowboys, Mr. Jones? That means getting something in exchange for Romo, an instant NFL starter under center. If that means keeping him through part of the season to find the best deal for the team, so be it. But no. Jones wants Romo to have all his options open. Good for him. Bad for the team.
Here’s the harsh reality of the situation. At the end of the day, Romo will try to win a championship somewhere else in 2017. Maybe having to face Dallas in order to do so. And the Cowboys will get nothing in return except a slight bump in salary cap space.
It’s a ridiculously shortsighted move by this organization and likely one of the reasons they haven’t won Super Bowl since 1995.