After weeks of uncertainty and indecision surrounding the future of their backup quarterback, the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly parting ways with Tony Romo. According to multiple reports, Romo will be released Thursday, and he plans to visit multiple teams before deciding where he'll play next season.
Colin Cowherd: The Cowboys are embracing the reality of the NFL
"To me, in the NFL, regret is missing an opportunity. ‘We almost had that offensive coordinator and he went to the Broncos.’ ‘We almost had that wide receiver and the Patriots drafted him.’
That feels like regret. You miss an opportunity. Then there’s reality. 37-year-old brittle, expensive backup quarterback. I don’t know if that rises to ‘regret.’ I think that’s the reality of the NFL, that you’re constantly paring down, based on salary, players you like. Whether they’re not playing enough of they’re too expensive or they’re a little brittle.
That doesn’t feel like regret. It doesn’t matter who you are, Bill Belichick’s got to do that. Bill Belichick’s let go of great players."
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Eric Mangini: Dallas is giving away an asset for nothing
"I think if Tony Romo stays healthy, Jerry’s going to be sick. He’s going to be sick, because the things that [Romo’s] able to do when he’s healthy and he’s playing well, he can go and he can win a lot of games.
And then if Dak gets hurt? Or if anything happens to the situation that they have there… And I understand what you’re saying about regret, but they have a quarterback, the quarterback’s not very expensive right now. He’s in a backup role, I get that they might want to move on. I just think that you’re giving away an asset that doesn’t cost you a lot. That gives you insurance at the hardest position in the NFL to fill.
I don’t see how that makes sense."
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Cris Carter: This isn’t how the Patriots would have handled it
"You’ve been saying this for a long time, and what I believe is Jerry’s personal relationship… he gets so close to the players. Not like Bill in New England. Bill gets close and has relationships with them, but the business goes first. And what’s best for the team will go first.
If this was the Patriots’ situation, they would keep him. They would keep him as a backup unless someone traded for him, or created value. They’re going to regret it.
Unless they have the same type of regular season they had this year. Because we know guys get nicked, and you’re going to need a backup. Who’s going to be the backup in Dallas? Are they going to go back to having the great starter and not having a backup like before?
Over the next two years, yes, Jerry Jones will have some regret."