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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
Contract: view contract details

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Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website believes retirement is a serious possibility for Tony Romo this offseason.
Romo has already said he plans to keep playing, but that could always change as he closes in on his 37th birthday, is coming off multiple back injuries, and is being squeezed out of Dallas. Jerry Jones' main goal is to send Romo to a place he wants to play, so we ultimately expect him to play at least another year. Jan 20 - 9:45 AM

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ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer ultimately expects Dallas to release Tony Romo this offseason.

While trading Romo is the Cowboys' "No. 1 priority," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it could be difficult for Dallas to find the compensation it desires when teams already know the Cowboys don't want him. Archer expects there to be "too many hoops to jump through" to pull off a trade, and the biggest one in particular will be how to swallow the massive $24.7 million cap hit. By designating Romo as a post-June 1 cut, the Cowboys could spread the cap hit out over the next two years and clear $14 million in 2017, allowing them resources to upgrade the defense.
Jan 17 - 8:06 PM

Jerry Jones said he has yet to decide what to do with Tony Romo this offseason.

"There's only one that can make that decision, and there's been no decision made," Jones said. "Don't think for one minute if you see something written or something said about what and where Romo is going to be, relative to our team, that there's any credibility to it." While he may be technically telling the truth that a final decision has yet to be made, there is almost zero chance Romo is back with the Cowboys next year. How he leaves and where he goes are the only real questions remaining.
Jan 17 - 11:18 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' "No 1. priority this offseason."

"We know he's not going to be on the Cowboys in 2017," Rapoport said confidently about Romo. He again said Romo would like to land with the Broncos, but added Denver does not "seem inclined to make that move." With it all but decided Romo will be playing elsewhere next season, the only questions remaining are where he ends up and how he gets there. Those questions should dominate the discussion this offseason.
Jan 16 - 6:29 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are Tony Romo's "No. 1 spot."

With Dak Prescott staking his claim to the starting job in Dallas, the Cowboys will certainly look to shop Romo this offseason. Denver would be his preferred destination, though according to Rapoport, the Broncos aren't "inclined" to trade for him. Other potential fits include the Cardinals, Jets and Texans. Rapoport is hearing from league executives that the Cowboys could hold onto Romo until a major injury arises and shop him to the quarterback-desperate team. Either way, the Cowboys should be able to fetch a first- or second-round pick for Romo.
Jan 15 - 2:19 PM

Tony Romo completed 3-of-4 attempts for 29 yards and a touchdown Week 17 against the Eagles.

Romo took over for Dak Prescott in the second quarter and did all of his damage on a single drive. He opened with an incomplete pass deep down the field to Terrance Williams, but he hit Williams with a strike on third down before Dez Bryant earned a DPI deep down the left sideline to set Dallas up at the three. Romo hit Williams on a screen-and-go for the score on the next play. The veteran quarterback looked sharp on his only drive, and the Cowboys will be happy he escaped the cameo unscathed. He will be ready to backup Prescott when Dallas opens their playoffs in the Divisional Round.
Jan 1 - 1:59 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tony Romo is expected to play Week 17 against the Eagles.

Dak Prescott is still expected to start, but both Romo and No. 3 QB Mark Sanchez will reportedly see game action behind the rookie. It would be Romo's first game action since Thanksgiving of last year. Owner Jerry Jones said earlier in the week that it would be too risky to play Romo, but apparently things have changed. Romo still isn't expected to see more than one or two series.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:31:00 AM

Jerry Jones said playing Tony Romo Week 17 is "not worth the risk."

"We don’t feel like we can gain anything from him running a few plays," Jones said. While the Cowboys might like to see Romo knock off the rust in a meaningless game Week 17, doing so could be problematic. First, Romo could suffer yet another injury, leaving Mark Sanchez as the only available backup. Second, Romo could light up a reeling Eagles defense, which would undoubtedly ignite a quarterback controversy during the bye week. Dak Prescott will almost certainly get the start this week, and Sanchez could be the one who comes in for mop-up duty.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 08:35:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said there have been "no conversations" about playing Tony Romo in Week 17, but admitted that could change.

The Cowboys have already wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the postseason, so starter Dak Prescott probably won't play all four quarters in Week 17. Garrett would be opening a potential pandora's box by letting Romo play, however. Third-stringer Mark Sanchez (yes, he's still on the Cowboys) is the more likely mop-up man.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Jerry Jones said "you'll know it when you see it" is time for Tony Romo.

This quote does not mean much of anything, but it is a shift from the Cowboys' previous stance on the quarterback situation. Even as recently as Sunday, Jerry had been adamant Dak Prescott would remain the starter barring injury. This at least opens the door for Romo to start over a healthy Prescott if the rookie continues to struggle. Even with the No. 1 seed basically locked up, there always seems to be drama in Big D.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 09:51:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bills could have interest in trading for Tony Romo.

The Bills have yet to make a decision on Tyrod Taylor, but can get out of his contract this offseason. Trading for Romo would give Buffalo a proven starter to complement a strong run game and defense. Romo will likely need to take a pay cut to facilitate any deal.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 10:32:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:49:00 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 03:03:00 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.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 06:15:00 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.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 09:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Dak Prescott
2Tony Romo
3Mark Sanchez
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Lance Dunbar
4Darren McFadden
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Keith Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lucky Whitehead
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Andy Jones
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3Connor Hamlett
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Jonathan Cooper
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey