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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his deadline for a Tony Romo decision is training camp.

Jones is trying to increase Romo's trade leverage by making it appear the team is in no hurry. Were the deadline actually camp, Romo would be extremely far behind with whatever team he ends up with. For all involved, the Cowboys need to bring the situation to a head no later than draft week. For what it's worth, when asked if Romo was considering retirement, Jones said the quarterback "has options." Romo has reportedly drawn broadcasting interest from FOX and CBS.
Mar 28 - 7:50 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett offered a non-update on Tony Romo's status with the team.

Garrett said the sides were "working through" the situation, and that "nothing has really changed since the end of the season." Garrett said Romo and owner Jerry Jones are the point men on the quarterback's future. The coach answered "that's not a question for me" when asked if he thought Romo might be considering retirement.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 28 - 6:58 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with OC Scott Linehan, DC Rod Marinelli and ST coordinator Rich Bisaccia on contract extensions.

Jason Garrett's top assistants had been entering lame duck seasons. Linehan and Marinelli are both richly deserving of the extensions. Linehan captained a dominant offense with a rookie quarterback last season, while Marinelli once again overcame talent deficiencies on his side of the ball. Garrett can focus on CEO duties with Linehan and Marinelli handling their business so well.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 28 - 6:50 PM

Jason Witten's new five-year deal is worth $29.6 million, but includes no new guaranteed money.

In other words, it's mostly a salary cap contortion that lowers Witten's 2017 cap number and takes care of his 2018 "will he or won't he return to the Cowboys?" status ahead of time. Going on 35, Witten's career is on a year-by-year basis at this point.
Mar 28 - 1:46 PM

Cowboys signed Jason Witten to a four-year extension through 2021.

It is a shock both because EVP Stephen Jones said there were no plans to extend Witten exactly a month ago and the extension keeps him under contract through his age-39 season. The deal likely will lower his $12.262 million cap hit this year, however, and the length of the contract should keep his cap number down for the next several seasons. Witten should become the franchise leader in receiving yards this year.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 11:20 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Tony Romo "is a non-issue."

"We haven't had one meeting about Romo," Joseph added. Considering John Elway said the Broncos have no "intent" to pursue Romo even if he is released, it is pretty clear Denver wants to put this situation to bed. It looks like it is Texans or retirement for Romo at this point.
Mar 28 - 10:36 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Chaz Green has "a great opportunity to win" the open right tackle job.

Following Doug Free's retirement, the Cowboys are likely banking on Green living up to his third-round pedigree. Unfortunately, Green has been available for just four games through two seasons because of injury and is currently recovering from back surgery. It is not a given he is able to step up. New signing Byron Bell should also get a look, but Dallas might reluctantly be forced to move La'El Collins outside.
Mar 27 - 7:19 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the saga surrounding Tony Romo "isn't ending any time soon."

RapSheet reports the Cowboys could keep Romo on the roster even once the draft is over. Since there is no financial deadline to release Romo, it makes sense for Dallas to hold the quarterback through the draft in an effort to call the Texans' bluff, but keeping him on the roster once the offseason program begins could lead to an uncomfortable situation. With the Broncos seemingly out of the running and the Texans looking unlikely to blink, release remains the most likely outcome.
Mar 27 - 6:35 PM

The Denver Channel's Troy Renck believes the Broncos "haven’t closed the door" on Tony Romo.

A previous report suggested it’s the Texans or retirement for Romo. The Broncos aren’t going to trade Dallas anything, but aren’t ruling out signing Romo if/when he becomes a free agent. Houston remains Romo's most likely landing spot.
Mar 24 - 7:11 PM

Cowboys signed G/T Byron Bell, formerly of the Titans.

The Cowboys needed some help up front after losing Doug Free (retired) and Ronald Leary (signed with Denver). Bell also visited the 49ers and Packers before choosing Dallas. Bell could be an option to replace Free at right tackle. He spent all of last season on injured reserve after disclosing his left ankle at OTAs.
Mar 24 - 4:54 PM

According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, Tony Romo believes his options for 2017 are retiring or playing for the Texans.

Darlington said the Broncos haven't "closed the door" on Romo but aren't actively pursuing him. Romo ending up in Houston seemed like a forgone conclusion when the Texans traded Brock Osweiler to Cleveland, but no progress has been made. With Romo still stranded in Dallas, it's possible he could leave to pursue a career in broadcasting. Romo has been offered gigs with Fox Sports and CBS. All we know for sure is that Romo is done in Dallas.
Mar 24 - 4:51 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tony Romo is drawing interest as a television analyst for Fox Sports and CBS.

Sports Illustrated's Peter King hinted that Romo turned down a "very good" television offer a few weeks ago. The Cowboys are still holding out hope of trading Romo, though the Broncos and Texans seem to have called their bluff. Injuries and the emergence of Dak Prescott have limited the 36-year-old to just five appearances over his last two seasons.
Mar 24 - 4:08 PM

Free agent G/T Byron Bell is visiting the Cowboys on Friday.

Bell has also visited the 49ers and Packers. He has position versatility with the ability to play guard and tackle. Bell missed all of 2016 with an ankle issue.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 12:57 PM

The Packers visited with free agent OL Byron Bell.

Bell missed all of 2016 with an ankle injury. He was a starter the first five years of his career and could be a candidate to replace T.J. Lang. The 49ers have also been linked to Bell.
Mar 22 - 4:44 PM

Cowboys re-signed QB Kellen Moore.

With Tony Romo de facto out the door, Moore is temporarily the No. 2. Too physically slight to be a legitimate backup, Moore should eventually be jumped by a free agent signing or draft pick.
Mar 20 - 1:19 PM


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