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  1. Ben………….If i were the FO i woud be very concerned, the Free retirement seems to have caught them off guard, without a top oline this team will disintegrate…..Dak and Zeke will know what it is like to have been Romo from 2008-2013….Collins needs to step up at left guard, and Chaz to this point, is not the answer at right tackle; the team will likley lose its identity if they cannot run the ball effectively in 2017…just imagine if Tyron, Fred or Zack go down with a season ending injury….i see where they came to terms with Cooper which seems like an excellent move, but can he play? He is no Leary by the way he has bounced around.

    Let me state this again, Romo HAS NO INTEREST AT ALL IN PLAYING for a losing/rebuilding franchise, he does NOT need the money, his only motivation is winning a ring; Cowboys have NO LEVERAGE with Houston (maybe a smidgeon due to the Ostweiler trade) and none at all with Denver, as the whole league knows he will not be on the Cowboy roster for the 2017 season and not only due to the $$$ issue……..this is about reworking Romo’s contract by the contending teams without trading for him, its all about the BUSINESS of the NFL…..the Browns are the laughing stock of the league; for all your DWare folks, that has been also put to rest……i wish him well in retirement and may his back recover completley, he will be glad of such 30 years from now.

    • Don’t think the Free thing caught them off guard, they were told a few weeks ago he was thinking of walking away. Team has covered their bases to replace, but is it good enough? Collins is in a walk year and if he wants to get paid like the first round prospect he thought he was, he’ll have a great year. Team desperately needs him to play to that level. If that happens, not much changes since I think Green/Cleary can do a fine job at RT. That’s my opinion though.

      • Thinking of walking away and actually doing it are worlds apart, i bet Garrett and the oline coach thoguth they could talk him out of it; it would seem that they might have at least offered Leary a contract if they had known (of course nobody knows if they did); Green with his injury history is problematic, Cleary showed something in the Eagles game, but that is far cry from playing 16 games at the position……the Free retirement is a huge development….ESPN has already dropped the Boys to #7 in their power rankings.

    • PS….Carr and Claiborne now gone along with Ryan Davis…………we will need the program to identify most of the defensive palyers come September…………McClay is on th espot again but drafting much lower……..not even sure that the Boys will be favored to win the East now with the Giants reloading on Offense and our floating o-line issues

  2. Do you think the Browns might be interested in Romo? Would he be interested in them? They have a new OL and WR, plenty of cap space and draft choices. This might change Houston’s and Denver’s outlook on the situation.

    • Interested, sure. But Romo will have final decision if he gets released & he is not going to Cleveland.

      • The longer this final Romo drama drags on, the more likely anything will become possible.The idea that Jones was going to give him a free release to play elsewhere turned out to be a rumor orchestrated by Romo’s camp, as are the rumors that Fox is interested in Romo.

        What Jones has in mind is completely mysterious at the moment. One thing we know about Jones is that he is a patient poker player, he could sit on Romo until after the draft, or until training camp opens. By then, the Broncos and Texans will have made other QB plans and Romo won’t have two good choices to play against each other. Romo might have to take his chances with the Browns, the Jets, or the 49ers, or retire.

        Either something went awry between Romo and Jones or the Romo to the Texans/Broncos rumors (and his instagram goodbye) were simply publicity stunts designed to pressure Jones. In any case, it is nice to see Jones has his eyes open about Romo for once. Keep calling his bluff Jerry.

    • I would be surprised if the Browns had interest in Romo. They seem to want to build from the ground up and that would go against their plan. I believe they’ll get a young QB to grow up with their team.

        • The fresh rumor is that the Browns will pursue Cousins. The old rumor is that they want Garoppolo. Osweiler they will flip, but to whom? The Browns hold the key to the QB market this offseason.

          Osweiler could end up in Denver and/or Garoppolo in Houston. Things are fluid this year and the Browns crazy trade with the Texans has opened a lot of possibilities.

          • Agree about the Brownies & them being key to QB’s this year. (FA & Draftwise) But NO WAY Osweiler ends up BACK in Denver. There was a reason they let him go the first time.

          • The Broncos offered Osweiler 16 million a year (and 30 million guaranteed) before he walked to take 18 million per year from Houston. Denver has a new coaching staff and it is uncertain where they sit with Osweiler, but he is still the guy they offered 16 million to less than a year ago.

          • And they have two better options right now with Lynch and Siemian…….it is becoming obvious now that the Romo haters are afraid that if Romo lands with a contending team, he might actually win somewhere else…….

          • I want to see Romo in Houston. Bingo on Denver having two better options than Osweiler. If Romo goes to Denver , Dallas plays Denver. I think Jerry is scared of that happening.

          • @McShrek and @footballmensa:disqus

            What Jerry should do and what Jerry will do are two different things. The fly in the ointment here is the post-June 1st designation that frees up cap space this season. Jones could release Romo with a June 1st designation, but why? The longer he holds Romo the more pressure he puts on the Broncos and Texans. If you remember back a few years, when Romo had leverage he fleeced the Cowboys with a horrendous contract. Today, Jones has the leverage and he is trying to extract value from his asset. You can’t really blame Jones for that. If Romo has the ability to win a championship, then why wouldn’t a team step up and make the Cowboys an offer for his services?

            As for Osweiler, who is to say the problem in Houston was Osweiler and not O’Brien? It takes two to get into a physical altercation and O’Brien certainly played a role. It is worth remembering that both the Broncos and Cowboys tried (with the Broncos being successful) to trade up in the 1st round last year for Osweiler clone Paxton Lynch.

            Also hanging in the wind is the question of the Cowboys backup QB. I think it is obvious that Garrett would like an older veteran but if the price if right why not try to make a play for a Osweiler? There is no guarantee that Prescott won’t hit a wall or that he will remain healthy. Maybe there is a three team trade in the winds?

            In any case, the Browns are at the center of the QB universe this offseason.

          • What Jerry should do has been mostly wrong since 94.

            Bill O’Brien never spoke with Osweiler before he signed with Houston. I’d be a bit pissed as well.

            There is no guarantee Dak isn’t a one year wonder. Dallas should be in the drafting another qb business.

            Lynch is more mobile than Osweiler.

          • O’Brien was right to be mad. But that will get sorted out quickly if the Texans don’t win. A quirk of O’Brien’s offense is that it is heavily reliant on option routes and continuity between QB and WRs. Any young QB coming in for a single year will likely struggle. Romo, with his experience and demonstrated skill with option routes, would probably be great in O’Brien’s offense. Back in Kubiak’s offense, Osweiler was pretty good. There he had defined routes and known reads. Typical stuff a young QB needs to be functional.

            Dak could be a one year wonder. And I agree that Dallas should be in the QB business. Why not try to get Osweiler? His stock will never be lower than it is now.

          • Elway released Ostweiler, his actions would indicate that he is not an elite QB to be; really tall QBs have never worked out outside of Peyton; the future of the position in the NFL is for far more mobility, not less

          • He wasn’t released, he was a free agent and signed with the Texans because they offered more money. It was a stupid decision on Osweiler’s part largely because the Broncos made him a generous offer. Also, Osweiler is neither as tall nor as slow afoot as everyone thinks. He is a shade taller than Flacco and mobile enough to live on a regular diet of bootlegs and rollouts while in Kubiak’s offense.

            I have no idea if Osweiler will bounce back from his self-inflicted humiliation but I do know that his stock is at a low point today and he will never be cheaper.

          • You are absolutely right, he was a FA and went for the biggest $$$$……….as he egts older his mobility will dissipate…….

          • Both Houston and Denver pose problems for the Joneses………playing Denver this year is something they would like to avoid….

          • I would love to see Romo go to Houston or Denver. That would be good for the NFL and great fun to watch. But, I would much rather the Cowboys extract some value for Romo before cutting him loose. At the end of the day, I would rather the Cowboys win a Superbowl than the Broncos or Texans.

            Some you of guys, it seems, would rather see Romo win than the Cowboys. My loyalties don’t run that way. But to each their own.

          • Cowboys have a right and obligation to extract value from Romo as well they should, but they (for the upteenth time) have almost no leverage……..

          • The longer Jones waits the less certain Romo’s destination. Time gives Jones leverage. And for Jones the game might be as simple as keeping Romo from the Texans. Who knows? I am sure there is a marketing or fan base issue at work.

          • Not at all, everyone knows that the Cowboys will release Romo sooner or later….. long way to training camp; once June 1st rolls around the matter will be decided

          • The reason the Browns got Osweiler is because of the salary floor. Teams have to spend X amount of dollars and they were way below the floor. It also gave them a second round pick which adds to their ammo if they want to pursue Garapolo . Just how bad are you as a player when the team you play for gives a second round pick to get rid of you ?

            In no way will Romo ever wear the orange helmet.

            Jerry should let Romo go. He destroyed his career with the putrid o lines he trotted out year after year. I want the Cowboys to win so bad but I won’t lie. There is a piece of me that wants Jerry to squirm the remainder of his years as Dallas owner. I truly hate the man.