The Dallas Cowboys will reportedly release Tony Romo on Thursday, thus ending one of the longest-tenured quarterback runs in the NFL. Romo, 36, has spent his entire 14-year career in Dallas, where he was a four-time Pro Bowler.
It’s an unceremonious end for Romo, who struggled to stay on the field in recent years and was Wally Pipped by Dak Prescott in 2016.
“I thought all of about the first six, seven weeks of the season that Tony Romo was still the best quarterback on this roster, and when he got healthy, he would come in to replace Dak Prescott,” The Ticket in Dallas mid-day co-host Donovan Lewis said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “But the more he kept winning, I guess the more you realized they can’t make this change because this dude is for real. Romo is not the best quarterback on this team anymore. Dak is a fourth-round pick, and he’s cheap. You have the means to go fill other holes on your roster now that you have a cheap quarterback. There’s no way they could keep Romo on this roster making what he’s making right now.”
Romo, who has a $24.7 million cap hit next season, leaves as the Cowboys’ franchise leader in passing yards (34,183) and touchdowns (248).
“I love the guy, and I think the guy’s a really, really good quarterback,” Lewis said. “I don’t think he’s as fragile as what everyone thinks, and I think he has two, three really, really good years ahead of him if he gets on a really good team. I’m disappointed to see him go. I’m disappointed he wasn’t able to win with this team because they built this team this past season to be this good. This offense was built around Romo, but unfortunately he got hurt and Dak came in and just took the keys and put the gloves on and drove this car as fast down the road as he possibly could. It’s disappointing he couldn’t be successful with his team, but the timing is right. It’s about business. No matter how friendly these guys are – and Jones and Romo and Garrett, they’re boys. They’re friends. It’s just a business and it’s all about wining football games. You got to make this team better and you need cap space – and the way you can do that right now is by cutting Romo and trying to help this team somewhere else.”
Lewis believes a surprise team could emerge in the Romo sweepstakes, such as Minnesota or Chicago, but that the likely destinations are Denver and Houston – teams that are a quarterback away from being Super Bowl contenders.
“I still think he has a lot in the tank,” Lewis said. “I really do. And that dude is as competitive as it gets. he’s going want to go out there and prove that he still has something left, even to his buddies in Dallas.”