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Tony Romo | Quarterback | #9

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (36) / 4/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
College: Eastern Illinois
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos are one of Tony Romo's preferred landing spots if he is traded this offseason.
It is not a foregone conclusion Romo is traded this offseason. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports it is "hardly out of the question" Romo sticks with Dallas next season, and the Cowboys would have to eat $19.6 million in dead money if they move Romo, although trading him would still save just over $5 million on the cap. Still, it seems unlikely the Cowboys force Romo to play out the final years of his career on the bench. If he wants another opportunity, Dallas should find a way to give it to him this offseason. Nov 20 - 8:49 AM

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Speaking Thursday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said there was "no consideration" to Tony Romo not returning to the team next season.

Maybe for Jones there's no consideration, but you can bet there has been and will be for Romo. Romo has been as professional as possible about his benching, but also made clear he has no plans to fade into irrelevancy. He'll seek starting duties in 2017, and Dallas will almost certainly accommodate him. Romo has earned that right. There's a lot to go between now and then, of course, but there's a legitimate chance Romo has taken his last Cowboys snap.
Nov 17 - 3:03 PM

Speaking in an emotional Tuesday press conference, Tony Romo said Dak Prescott had earned the Cowboys' starting job.

"As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right," Romo, choked up, said as he read a pre-written statement. "To say the first half of this season has been emotional would be a huge understatement. Getting hurt when you feel like you have the best team you’ve had was a soul-crushing moment for me. It’s a dark place. Probably the darkest it’s ever been." It was a raw, honest moment from an elite player who has lost his starting job. The Cowboys officially have the best backup quarterback in the league. Although he's 36 and injury prone, Romo should attract widespread starting interest if he continues his career in 2017.
Nov 15 - 6:15 PM

Tony Romo will back up Dak Prescott in Week 11.

Romo will be ready to return for Week 11, but the Cowboys are loathed to bench Prescott after his latest top-notch outing on Sunday, a performance which prompted Romo himself to call Prescott "the man." "We're going to let this decision in this case make itself," owner Jerry Jones said. "Dak's got a hot hand and we're going to go with it." Prescott will be on a short leash — he's got one of the best quarterbacks of a generation behind him — but he's earned the decision with his play from Week 1.
Nov 13 - 9:16 PM

Cowboys declared QB Tony Romo, CB Morris Claiborne, SS Barry Church, LB Chaz Green, RB Darius Jackson, DE Benson Mayowa and LB Mark Nzeocha inactive for Week 10 against the Steelers.

Romo is expected to be active for next week's game against Baltimore, but will just be backing up Dak Prescott. Dez Bryant (knee), Ryan Davis (hamstring), Demarcus Lawrence (back, shoulder), Ronald Leary (concussion) and Tyron Smith (back) are all active for Dallas.
Nov 13 - 3:13 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Tony Romo is willing to be the backup quarterback.

Dak Prescott's meteoric rise has forced the Cowboys to make some difficult decisions. With Dallas on a seven-game winning streak and playing arguably the best football of any team not called the New England Patriots, it would be almost impossible for the Cowboys to switch back to Romo at this point. Though the situation has been "difficult" for Romo, the veteran quarterback has come to terms with it and is fine holding the clipboard for Prescott as long as the Cowboys keep winning. Romo isn't expected to be active this week but will likely debut as a backup next week versus Baltimore.
Nov 13 - 10:17 AM

Tony Romo (back) is questionable for Week 10 against the Steelers.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Romo is expected to be inactive this week despite practicing without any restrictions. Even if Romo is active, he'll just be backing up Dak Prescott. The Cowboys have won seven straight with Prescott at the helm and will likely stick with Dak as long as they keep winning.
Nov 11 - 2:56 PM

Tony Romo (back) is not expected to be active for Week 10 against the Steelers.

Romo has been practicing fully but still needs another week. Mark Sanchez will again back up rookie Dak Prescott. There's a good chance Romo will be active for Week 11 against Baltimore, though Prescott is expected to remain the starter.
Nov 10 - 8:07 PM

Tony Romo (back) is practicing fully for Week 10.

He could be active for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh but will just be holding the clipboard for Dak Prescott. The Cowboys haven't made an official decision yet, but all signs point to Prescott keeping his starting job for the rest of 2016.
Nov 9 - 4:18 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Tony Romo (back) has been medically cleared to return to football.

Per Werder, it's no longer a "medical decision" but now a "coaching decision" when he plays next. Dak Prescott has already been confirmed the starter for Week 10 at the Steelers and should have a long leash after leading the Cowboys to a 7-1 record in the first half of the season. Romo may be ready to take backup duties from Mark Sanchez as soon as this week.
Nov 9 - 9:44 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo (back) "will do more" in practice this week.

Romo has not done much in the last two weeks, and it is still not clear if he has been given the green light for 11-on-11 drills. Jones is at least leaving the door open for Romo to be active against the Steelers, however, which was something he refused to do after last week's game. Even if Romo comes back, the Cowboys have strongly hinted they will stick with Dak Prescott at quarterback.
Nov 7 - 9:00 AM

Tony Romo (back) is out for Week 9 against the Browns.

Romo has resumed practicing but isn't a full-go yet. Dak Prescott will draw another start Sunday at Cleveland. The Cowboys have dragged their feet about naming a starting quarterback but will have to make a decision sooner or later. For now, Romo will continue to rehab.
Nov 4 - 3:37 PM

Tony Romo (back) is expected to get in a limited practice Thursday.

Romo is expected to participate at around the same level as last Thursday. Despite the practice, he has yet to be cleared for full practice and has no chance to play this week. EVP Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are "going to need" Romo "at some point," but that point appears to be in the distant future.
Nov 3 - 12:20 PM

Tony Romo (back) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Romo returned to practice last Thursday but sat out Friday's session and was missing again on Wednesday. Dak Prescott has already been announced as the starter for Sunday's game in Cleveland. Romo remains week to week.
Nov 2 - 4:25 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he does not know when Tony Romo (back) will be ready to return.

Romo has resumed practicing, but the Cowboys are going to take it very slow in order to avoid a quarterback decision for as long as possible. Unless Dak Prescott takes a turn for the worse in the next couple weeks, it seems likely Romo sticks on the bench the rest of the season, healthy or not.
Nov 1 - 9:46 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Dak Prescott
2Tony Romo
3Mark Sanchez
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Lance Dunbar
4Darius Jackson
5Darren McFadden
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Keith Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lucky Whitehead
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey