In previous years, the National Football League forced teams to surrender draft picks after violating the anti-tampering rules. But the Cowboys at the moment are in need of a quality backup quarterback. It's unclear what other options Jones believes Romo has, because the quarterback can't choose a new team until he's released. They have more than $20 million in cap space, a pair of 1,000-yard wide receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, a defense that ranks among the NFL's best, and a lack of star power at the quarterback position since the retirement of Peyton Manning a year ago. However, he remains on the roster more than a month later.
This is obviously all dependent if all of the top pass rushers/cornerbacks are off of the board. Still, it's time for the Cowboys to move on from Romo, and Jones is dragging his feet.
When he spoke with local reporters at the owners' meetings, Jones said there is no waiting game.
We have come to the breaking point in the Tony Romo saga as it seems that he will retire unless he goes to the Houston Texans. Now with all of the he-said/she-said pointing and guessing games going on between Romo and Jerry Jones, the odds have fallen to 8/1.
Any team interested in Romo now has to wait, unless Romo decides to walk away altogether, which is also not outside the realm of possibility.
For now, there are a number of several TV networks willing to sign up Romo as an National Football League commentator, if the ongoing National Football League trade rumors are true. But it would not be surprising to see the Cowboys release Romo before the team's organized team activities begin. If he can not play in Houston, he is apparently likely to retire. Houston quarterbacks, Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden will not get them to the Super Bowl.
They also have had multiple opportunities to shoot down their interest in signing a starting veteran such as Romo, and they have yet to do so.
What the Cowboys can't do is take a chance on an injured player who probably is likely to sit out the rookie season as they did when they took linebacker Jaylon Smith in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. It doesn't matter if they are building their entire plan for 2017 around signing Romo or if they legitimately have every intention of rolling forward with the quarterbacks already on their roster.