The 2017 NFL season officially began on March 9 at 4:00 p.m., and almost everyone speculated that the Dallas Cowboys would do the honorable thing and grant Tony Romo his release. It’s clear that the team sees Dak Prescott as the quarterback of their future. Even though Romo has been a loyal servant to the team for years now, the right thing to do was to let him find another team before his playing days are over for good.
That didn’t happen.
As of today, Romo remains under contract with the Cowboys even though there are plenty of teams who would be interested in signing him as a free agent. It seems like the team is still trying to get something back for Romo in a trade, but the hold up is frustrating.
Tony Romo has taken situation very personally in Dallas and has distanced himself from teammates and coach who were "Team Dak" per source.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) March 28, 2017
Really odd why Jerry is holding Romo hostage at this point. Trade ain't happening. https://t.co/ibCHE07kEd
— Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) March 28, 2017
Neither of the teams rumored to be most interested in Romo’s services, the Texans and the Broncos, are interested in giving up assets to acquire his hefty contract. Bronco’s GM John Elway gave a standard non-answer about Romo being under contract and being happy with their current QB options:
“Nope. Same old thing. He’s still under contract with the Cowboys,” Elway said. “Like we’ve said, we really feel good about the two young ones that we have. The plan is to stay the course there and see what’s available in the draft. We’ll go from there.”
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien gave a similar answer about his two starting options, Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden.
Seriously, why haven’t the Cowboys and Romo sorted this out yet? Free agency has been open for 20 days already!