Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that it would be a “major upset” if the Cowboys are able to trade QB Tony Romo this offseason. According to Schefter, the Cowboys will have to release him.
This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise, seeing as the consensus belief has been that the Cowboys will end up designating Romo as a post-June 1 release at some point this offseason.
A report from earlier in the week said that Dallas was now expected to trade Romo to either Broncos or Texans. However, both teams made it clear that they weren’t going to part with assets to get Romo would instead wait to see if he’s available as a free agent.
Adam Schefter reported Friday night that Fox Sports would like to replace John Lynch, who is the 49ers’ GM, with Romo. According to Schefter, there are other networks interested in Romo, his goal remains to play this season.
Some have wondered if retirement could be a serious consideration for Romo, given the injuries he’s dealt with in recent years and the fact that he would have to move on to a new team to keep playing.
Plus, reports have said for some time now that Romo had interest from TV networks, so this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
Romo, 36, is entering the fourth year of his seven-year, $119.5 million contract that included $55 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $14 million (2017), $19.5 million (2018) and $20.5 million (2019).
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Romo as a post-June 1 release will free up $14 million in available cap space while creating a staggering $10.7 million in dead money.
In 2016, Romo appeared in one game and completed three of four passing attempts for 29 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys.
We’ll have more regarding Romo as the news is available.