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Cowboys Fans Should Applaud Tony Romo

Jason Garrett and Tony Romo

The Tony Romo era will officially come to a close, the Dallas Cowboys will be releasing the franchise’s all-time leading passer at some point today. For most fans, it’s a sad day that we never saw coming; think back just over six months ago and no one could have predicted this outcome.

For a long time, no Romo meant disaster for the Cowboys, until Dak Prescott came on the scene. But life comes at you fast.

It’s an era that will be difficult to encompass, while Romo holds many of the records for the quarterback position in Dallas, some people will talk about how the team never got over the hump with him at the helm. This is not the time to argue those points, especially since the wound is fresh. Now is the time to reflect on it all. Besides, whichever side you fall on Romo, it’s very unlikely you’re going to sway someone else’s opinion at this point.

Just know this, Jerry Jones wasted the prime of three Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, and Tony Romo. Ware left and got his championship ring elsewhere, Witten will ride it out in Dallas for a few more years, while Romo will move on to seek a title. The organization never put the pieces around Romo to win consistently while asking him to carry the weight of the team on his shoulders. Romo never failed the Cowboys, the Cowboys failed Romo.

It’s amazing to take a quick look back at his time in Dallas and appreciate Romo’s body of work. It just stinks to watch him walk out the door when he kept it open for so long. Without him, there would be no mention of possible Super Bowls, or the 11, 12 and 13 win seasons. Romo played through major injuries and unfair criticism for the majority of his career in Dallas, and just as the team is getting their ducks in a row, they have no room for him at the Inn.

Timing never appeared to be a strong suit for Tony Romo, and that is heartbreaking.

It’s not over for him though, Romo’s story is still being written and it could end with a Super Bowl in Denver or Houston. That would be another bittersweet day for fans.

Dallas Cowboys fans all over are showing their support and love for Romo as he is getting ready to play for somebody else. It seemed unlikely to happen this way, but things don’t always go according to plan.

The end of an era has arrived for the Cowboys and Romo, it’ll be hard to forget. Let’s save the career eulogy for a few more years down the road, now is not the time.

Until then, good luck and Godspeed Tony Romo!

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  • McShrek

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000000792120/Rapoport-Cousins-will-sign-franchise-tag

    Top Ten Romo Moments, even though the Bronco game is not included.

  • Michael

    Osweiler is out in Houston. Traded to the Browns along with a 2nd round pick. Things just got very interesting in the Romo sweepstakes. It looks like the Cowboys might be able to swing a trade after all. Rumor has it the Jags, Broncos, Texans, and 49ers are all in play.

    • Taylor

      How bad do you want to dump a bad player/contract? Good for us to have some competition for Tony.

      • McShrek

        Romo will likely veto any trade to Niners or even the Jags….Houston seems like the likely landing place, yet i heard an interview from a Houston writer that seems well connected with the team that they are looking to renegotiate Romo’s salary…………Romo and Jerry’s relationship now under huge stress……………

        • Michael

          My guess is that Romo is released tomorrow. I think the Broncos and Texans will hold tight against trading for Romo and that, as you point out, Romo will not want to go elsewhere. Then again, maybe this is about salary negotiations.

          • McShrek

            No question that both Houston and Denver woud like to sign him to a team friendly deal with huge incentives……….but by Houston getting from under the Brock contract (still the steal of the decade IMO), they have left themselves much more vulnerable……Houston lost two key pieces to the defensive backfield today, that D will not be nearly as formidable as it was last year, unless JJ returns with complete abandon…hearing that Stephen and others are pushing for a Romo trade over Jerry’s promises to Tony….will see what the coming days bring….

      • Michael

        Hard to say who got the worst end of that deal. The Texans are out from under a terrible contract for the price of an Escobar.

  • hardwater

    If he can stay upright Romo should have success in either Denver or Houston. The big question for the Cowboys is whether to take the full hit on the salary cap now or split it over two seasons. If they are not going to play in free agency this year (and they have already lost their best free agents) then if at all possible I would like to see them squeeze it out this year and take the hit. Bring in the young guys and play them and set up the team and the cap for the Prescott/EE era.

    • McShrek

      They are following the pattern of the last few years, looking for “value” signings on the FA market…….IMO if they feel that they are close to competing for a ring, that may cost them……Haley put them over the top in the 90s, they need a presence on the Dline that merits double teams to contain him.

      • hardwater

        Agreed. It looks like they will have to do it via the draft because it appears as of today they barely have enough cap money to even sign their draft picks. Romo’s money will help but I’d still like to see them take his cap hit in full this year. Jack Crawford got $10.3 million for 3 years (unbelievable) so I don’t know what kind of player they could get cheaper than that. Hopefully they can pull a couple extra draft picks out of a Romo trade.

  • Taylor

    Goodbye, Tony (sniff).

  • Football Mensa

    I hope he comes here to Houston. One healthy season and H Town would be rocking.

    • McShrek

      Indeed, still puzzling that a team would trade for Romo, knowing that at some point he will have to be released, especially if they sign McCown…………….Jerry’s bumbling of the careers of the three stars in the article should come with a further price for the franchise…………..still believe that the curse of Jerry will prevent the franchise from winning a ring, as long as he is actively connected with the team…………..will have to now watch all Texans/ Bronco games depending of where he lands.

    • hardwater

      Luv Ya Blue! Oops, wrong era. Dang I miss those Oilers.