At first, it was universally reported that the Dallas Cowboys would release Tony Romo on Thursday, when the NFL began its new year.
However, as the day went on and the clock continued to tick, NFL insiders from multiple outlets reported that the Cowboys are instead looking to trade Romo in order to not only choose his next destination, but also receive compensation for the former face of their franchise.
No matter if they end up releasing or trading him, it’s obvious that Romo’s time in Dallas is over.
Due to Dak Prescott’s emergence and Romo’s major health issues in recent years, it’s time for both sides to move on from each other.
As the all-time franchise leader in both passing yards and passing touchdowns, Romo spent 13 years in Dallas and while he didn’t lead the team to a Super Bowl, he performed at an elite level for most of his time as the face of “America’s Team”.
Add in the fact that he was undrafted out of college. Not only did he wildly outperform his expectations, but he also owes a great deal to Jerry Jones and the organization that took a chance on him and stood by his side.
Romo tweeted out the following message to his fans on Thursday afternoon, thanking them for their support.
As you can see, he appeared to be fighting back tears.
While the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos remain the favorites to land Romo via trade with Dallas, there is a possibility that a major surprise might happen. After all, it’s a new NFL year and there have already been some eyebrow-raising signings and trades.
The Texans, who shockingly shipped off quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Browns, seemingly would be a perfect fit for Romo.
In his career, the 36-year-old has amassed 34,183 passing yards along with 248 touchdowns and 117 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 97.1.
During his time with the Cowboys, he was also remarkably consistent, posting a quarterback rating for nine-straight seasons between 2006 and 2014. His best season came in 2014, when he led the Cowboys to an NFC East title by throwing for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdown passes and nine interceptions for a career-high 113.2 rating.
It’s that type of recent production that makes him attractive to teams in need of a quarterback right now.
Over the years, Romo has been knocked for his lack of playoff success, but his love and admiration for Cowboys fans and the franchise itself has never wavered, even through the tough times.
While he never was able to win a Lombardi Trophy during his time in Dallas, you’d be hard-pressed to name more than a few quarterbacks who were better than Romo during the span of time in which he was a starter.
Now both he and the Cowboys must move on.
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