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Troy Aikman: Jerry Jones hasn’t ‘come to grips’ with Tony Romo situation

Troy Aikman believes one way or another, Tony Romo will be on another NFL team next season. The Dallas Cowboys icon and current FOX NFL analyst added that it’s clear Jerry Jones hasn’t yet “come to grips” with the realization Romo’s time in Dallas has all but come to an end.

Aikman appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” this week and suggested there’s no scenario where he envisions Romo with the Cowboys next season with Dak Prescott firmly entrenched as starting quarterback.

“I can’t imagine anyone who’s had the success that he’s had that would be content remaining in Dallas and going through the offseason, going into training camp, going into 2017 as the backup quarterback,” Aikman said, via The Dallas Morning News. “I can only imagine how difficult this year has been and had been for him, and the thought of having to endure that again, I just can’t imagine that happening.”

Aikman speculated that the uncertainty of the Romo’s future stems in large part from Jones’ inability to accept the situation as it stands.

“… I don’t think it’s a departure that Jerry Jones has completely come to grips with,” Aikman said of Romo leaving the Cowboys. “I don’t know that, but I don’t think that Jerry would want to see Romo go elsewhere.”

Simple economics should dictate Romo moving on from the Cowboys. It would be foolish for the Cowboys to pay Romo big money to back up Prescott. Aikman added even if Romo was willing to take a pay cut it still wouldn’t help matters.

With all that in mind — despite Jones’ comments about Romo (which prompted one instance outright mockery) — Aikman is confident Romo will land with another team. How that will come about, Aikman says, is unclear.

The Cowboys organization, from Jones to head coach Jason Garrett, are playing things close to the vest when it comes to Romo’s future. But given how Prescott dazzled in his rookie season — along with comments from Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones — the tale of Romo’s presumed exodus out of Dallas has for all intents and purposes already been written.