On Tuesday earlier this week, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo conceded the starting role at the NFC East franchise to rookie sensation Dak Prescott, meaning he will serve as a backup on the team until the end of the season.
This concession speech only added fuel to the fire as to how long the 36-year-old has at America's team. If he isn't starting next year, his $14 million base salary for the season will be considerably high for a backup.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if there are any plans to offload the four-time Pro Bowler this offseason, but he quickly dismissed that idea.
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He said according to the Star-Telegram: "It’s not a goodbye. I think Tony has got five years left to really compete for a Super Bowl. I believe Tony will be the quarterback on a Super Bowl team. I believe that strongly.
"We’re talking generic now, and I have no plans for him not to be part of the Dallas Cowboys. Not a consideration.”
While that might be Jones' plans, Romo may disagree with the idea of staying as a backup for the rest of his career, especially when you consider earlier this week on Friday it was reported that he had asked for an opportunity to win the Cowboys starting job back in practice.
With several teams with quarterback problems possibly interested in acquiring Romo and a few with a shot of winning a Super Bowl over the next few seasons, and with his salary so high, Dallas may not have much of a choice when it comes down to it. They may receive offers by other franchises that are too good to turn down.
Of course, the Cowboys might give Romo the chance to win his starting job back in training camp next year, but the fanbase might be fully behind Prescott by that point and may not want a change, especially if they go far in the playoffs.
If the rookie goes down with an injury between now and then, it's a different story, but either way, Jones still has a very difficult decision to make at the quarterback position despite Romo's concession speech earlier this week.