Jerry Jones, Tony Romo to meet ‘sooner than later’
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones indicated Tuesday there are no “definitive plans” to meet with Tony Romo’s representatives this week at the NFL Scouting Combine. He did suggest, however, that Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones will meet with the onetime franchise quarterback “sooner than later.”
In a broader discussion concerning what the Cowboys intend to do at the backup quarterback position behind Dak Prescott, Stephen Jones’ comments seemed to confirm the foregone conclusion the team will forge ahead into the future without Romo.
Kellen Moore stands to be the backup behind Prescott on the depth chart. But as Stephen Jones indicated, Moore, an unrestricted free agent, needs to be re-signed first.
“Whether it’s just Kellen or Kellen and another veteran, whether it’s Kellen and a draft pick, those are the things we’re looking at,” Jones said, via The Dallas Morning News. “Obviously we’d like to have Kellen back. We’re very comfortable with him and what he brings to the quarterback room. Hopefully we can get him re-signed.”
Jones acknowledged the Cowboys could look for Prescott’s long-term backup in the 2017 NFL Draft as well.
As noted, essentially everything Jones had to say about the Cowboys at the quarterback position all but confirms the inevitable concerning Romo. The most recent reports suggest the Cowboys will cut Romo “likely within the next two weeks,” saving $5.1 million in cap space in 2017. The team could also hold onto Romo until after June 1, although doing so presents the Cowboys with a different set of salary cap-related issues.
It appears, though, that Jerry Jones — who has been incredibly loyal to Romo over the years until his hand was forced with Prescott — won’t delay the inevitable quite so long and allow his onetime franchise quarterback to move on “sooner than later.” It may be the last best thing Jones will do for Romo in their long-term partnership.