The Romo Era in Dallas is over now, three full weeks after Jones on that day promised the Cowboys all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns that he was 24 hours away from being released. To allow Romo the chance to sign with another NFL team, if he wished, while also making a clear statement about the club’s faith in heir Dak Prescott. Romo, who earned nearly 0 million in his career, put up big numbers: A career record of 78-49. How else does Romo (along with Jason Witten, above, end up in Jones family European Vacation photos?
(Passionate Romo fans feel the same way; our Jordan Ross' "Thanks And Goodbye'' to Romo is wonderful work, here.) It will be a fitting cap to a storybook career that never quite found the happiest ending.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who had to get special permission from the NFL to attend the wedding in Dallas due to the lockout which prevents owners from having contact with players.'I've gotten special permission.
Both organizations insisted all along they wouldn’t trade for Romo, at any price, a culture-shock slap in the face to Jerry and Romo and central to the Tuesday decision to be released by Dallas and to leave football.
If you've paid attention, you know that while retirement (to a TV booth or whatever) has been a consideration since mid-November (when we first reported it), it became even more of a viable option when a) Candice and Tony learned they would be parents to a third son, with a due date coinciding with the start of the 2017 NFL regular season and b) when NFL teams didn’t bang down his and the Cowboys’ door, offering the riches of a first-round (or any-round) pick and the promise to keep Romo’s -million salary intact. The June 1 designation means Dallas will still count .7 million on the 2017 cap and .9 million on the 2018 cap.
And indeed we're now told CBS is the winner in the Romo sweepstakes, an arrangement that's been in the works for at least five months.
His post-Cowboys search has been about “the perfect fit,’’ and the Broncos and Texans never emerged as that.
Truly, “the perfect fit’’ started revealing itself on that Wednesday, March 8, when he allowed himself to think of himself as an ex-Cowboy and he packed his bags for a vacation with the Joneses in Cabo …
After which, before boarding the plane, he snuck over to Bent Tree Country Club and hit some golf balls.
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That's where the whispers of a "soft retirement'' come from; his rights are no longer retained by Dallas but he's also not filing retirement papers; he's simply a "street free agent.'' But maybe it’s time to take his chances in another field, one that allows him time with wife Candice and his family, which in Week 1 of the upcoming NFL season will include the birth of a third son.
Maybe it’s time to seriously consider the conversations we’ve been aware about since Nov.
This is Dak’s team now, and the locker room knows it, and attempts to re-define that, or to turn back the clock on that, would’ve been met with great resistance from players.