Cowboys veteran quarterback Tony Romo was expected to be released last Thursday and even shared a farewell video with Dallas fans, but as of Monday afternoon he's still a member of the Cowboys.
The Cowboys switched course, though, and are now attempting to trade Romo and receive something in return. Romo's best potential destinations, Denver and Houston, are unwilling to give up anything of value for the fragile 36-year-old.
On Monday's episode of Undisputed, Skip Bayless explained how Jerry Jones will likely handle the Romo situation moving forward, while Shannon Sharpe argued that no team should be willing to bet on Romo in 2017.
Skip: Jerry Jones is trying to win a game of chicken with the Broncos and the Texans
“This is getting more interesting by the minute, and more scary for me by the minute, because as you know, I wanted Tony Romo gone by the midseason trade deadline.
I was highly amused by the breathless reports that the ‘Cowboys aren’t expected to trade Tony Romo!’ Believe that was on Friday. Duh. Guess why? Because the reporters checked with Denver, John Elway said ‘no way am I going to give up a draft pick.’ Check with Houston, ‘no way are we going to give a draft pick.’
And Jerry Jones said ‘well, guess what? Watch this. I’ll just dig in.’
… As you correctly pointed out on Friday, this is a game of staredown. This is a game of ’who blinks first?’ This is a game of chicken, to me, and Jerry’s a tough competitor when it comes to the game of chicken because - this is the famous or infamous quote that I think he first uttered to me when I did my first Cowboy book. ‘I have a high tolerance for ambiguity,’ says Jerry Jones, meaning ‘I’m not afraid of the unknown, or the unpredictable. I know when to hold my cards, and I can hold them for a long time because nothing bothers me.’
And, all of a sudden, there’s no urgency. There’s no deadline. He can keep Tony Romo on his roster into the preseason, right? A couple of preseason games to see who folds first. Could it be Denver? Could it be Houston? Could it be another team that gets desperate enough to offer a player or even more than a third-round pick?”
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Skip: Romo annoyed Jerry Jones by trying to force his hand
“I believe that, ironically, one man has further ticked off Jerry Jones.
Guess who that man is: Tony Romo.
Romo’s people clearly leaked the fact, last Wednesday, [that] ‘Tony Romo will be released.’ Remember those breathless reports? Didn’t happen, did it? Because that came from the wrong place. That didn’t come from Jerry Jones, that came from Tony’s people.
And then what happened on Thursday? Tony Romo posted his ‘goodbye Cowboy Nation’ on Instagram. His new favorite social media tool… Jerry Jones, I’m going to guess, was not real pleased with that, because [Romo’s] pushing Jerry into the corner to go ahead and release you ahead of the 4 p.m. Thursday deadline that would have allowed Jerry to have an extra $5 million in cap space.
But it’s clear to me now the Cowboys are going to make no free agent splashes. That was not their design, not their grand plan. They’re going to add some little cogs that could be nice pieces.
Now we’re down to the do-right rule, Jerry’s do-right rule. If he’s going to do right by Tony Romo, he should release him today. Let him go talk to Denver and Houston… I think we’re back to do right by Jerry more than do right by Tony.”
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Shannon: Romo won't have a better situation than he's had in the past
“Nobody thought they could trade Tony Romo but Jerry. That was the only person. And I guess that’s really the only person that matters. It doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks, it only matters what Jerry thinks.
What happened was Jerry saw that the Houston Texans were able to trade Brock Osweiler and that horrible contract. He’s like ‘hold on… my guy is better than him.’
Skip, let me ask you this. Where can Tony Romo go and have a better situation than he had in 2014? When he had an 1,848-yard rusher, he had a receiver that had 16 receiving touchdowns. Led the league in touchdown catches. He had Jason Witten, who was a Pro Bowl [tight end], and he had three All-Pro linemen. Tell me the situation where he can go that would be better than that?”
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Shannon: The idea that Romo can deliver a title is a myth
“What makes people think that Tony Romo can do something in 2017 for another team that he he has yet to be able to do for the Dallas Cowboys? Which is to take them to and win a Super Bowl, and stay healthy.
Is it going to be the water? Is he going to do something different as far as training? Is he getting new people in his camp to work with him?
What makes you think he can do that, Skip? And here’s the problem, if you keep Romo on the roster, you can’t play him in the preseason. Because guess what, Skip? One hit and guess what you’ve got on your hands? You got a $19 million dollar jalopy. You can’t drive it, and nobody won’t definitely take it off your hands.
Why would somebody trade for Tony Romo - and $19 million - when in the last three hits he’s needed assistance to get off the field? Why would somebody trade for Tony Romo?"