On Thursday's episode of Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless reacted to the news - and Bayless explained why Jerry Jones' decision to part ways with Romo just sealed a Super Bowl win for the Cowboys.
Skip: The Cowboys just became Super Bowl favorites
“Guess what just happened? Jerry Jones just won his first Super Bowl in the last 22 years. I am ready to make an early Super Bowl prediction: My Dallas Cowboys just beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis. I’m going to go on record already, I know it’s early, but I am going on record.
Shannon Sharpe, you were right all along, as was Cris Carter. You kept telling me ‘it’s going to be OK,’ that Jerry Jones will never be foolish enough to hang onto Tony Romo, and you were so right.
I want to thank Jerry Jones for swallowing his bigger-than-Texas pride and his bigger-than-Texas ego and finally cutting bait with a quarterback that he considers and loves like a son - as you call him, Tony Romo Jones. A quarterback I believe that Jerry still believes in his heart of hearts is fully capable of still winning a Super Bowl.”
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Skip: Jones gave Dak Prescott the platform he needs to be great
“And I want to thank Jerry Jones for completely buying into Dak Prescott the way I bought into him, as you know, early in the year if not in the preseason. Because that’s what Jerry just told you: ‘I buy completely into this kid.’
And I want to thank Jerry Jones for clearing a little bit of cap space and a whole lot of the decks of the Dallas Cowboys in the locker room and in the huddle for Dak Prescott to become the star quarterback I think he is destined and driven to become.
Now there will be no threat of Tony Romo looking over Dak’s shoulder or right there ready to replace him after one below-average game - or even one below-average half. And I appreciate Jerry Jones for doing that.”
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Skip: The money Dallas is saving can be spent upgrading the defense
“Finally, a defense that did rank fifth in points allowed - which is not all that bad - can be upgraded through free agency. And by the way, I wouldn’t mind the Cowboys signing Darrelle Revis. That’s just me.
There are a lot of mid-priced free agents that they can now make a run at. Maybe a pass-rusher, maybe a corner, anybody who can shore upthe defense that is mostly Rod Marinelli getting his defense to overachieve.
[Barry] Church has gone to Jacksonville, so again Darrelle could step in. I’m not saying he’s even an every-down safety, but he could help, even as a mentor for the safeties that they’re gonna have.
But in the end, the draft is deep in corners and pass rushers. Now I don’t know which will fall to them at 28 or if they could move up a little bit to snatch one - but now the decks are cleared for all to get better, including Dak, including the defense.
I am now ready to shout it across America: America’s team will win next year’s Super Bowl.”
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Shannon: Jones had too much business sense to ever consider keeping Romo
“I always thought this was going to be the end result, because once you saw Dak Prescott and how well he played… the longer it went you realized this was not a streak of luck. This wasn’t a hot streak. That this young man can sincerely play.
So I was like ‘no, there’s no way [Romo stays].’ And listening to Jerry talk, Jerry’s a salesman. You said he’s the greatest salesman, a great businessman. He was trying to drum up some trade [interest], because he had invested a lot of money in Tony Romo.
To see that investment all of a sudden walk out the door… it’s almost like you’ve paid $25 million on a home, and all of a sudden you can’t pay the taxes on it and you lose it. All the money that you’ve invested in it walks out of the door.”
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Shannon: No team should have been willing to trade for Tony Romo
“Even if you step back further [and think] ‘OK, Jerry Jones is a businessman. Jerry Jones is a billionaire. What billionaire you know, what businessman you know could get something for $560,000 but choose to pay $19 million?’
And that’s what the difference is in salary. Dak Prescott’s salary is $560,000. Tony Romo’s salary would have been guaranteed at $19 million. It made no sense! Remember, if it doesn’t make dollars, it doesn’t make sense.
This made no sense, and it wasn’t going to make him dollars. I know Jerry said ‘yeah, we can fit this under the cap,’ but Jerry was never going to do that. He was trying to sell.
But Skip, here’s the problem that he had - he had a broken-down rocking chair. And I saw you get new furniture. I’m just going to wait until you set this rocking chair [on] the curb, and I’m going to come pick it up. And that’s what the teams did. They knew he wasn’t going back to Tony Romo! So why am I even going to give you a seventh-round draft pick when I know you’re going to release him?”
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Shannon: The Cowboys offense is set for years to come
“At the end of the day, Tony Romo is going to go to the best situation for him. But I’ve always thought this was the situation that was going to happen, because now Jerry can go get him a pass rusher. He needs a pass rusher, he needs a corner. He can get him a safety.
Skip, this is the Seattle Seahawks in reverse. Russell Wilson comes in, he outperforms the guy that you [paid] - they gave Matt Flynn $10 million guaranteed - be beat him out for the job. So now you’ve identified and you’ve found your quarterback and you have him on a rookie contract for three to four years.
Zeke is tied up. Dez Bryant is tied up. You’ve tied up all your offensive linemen. So now your undivided attention can go to the defensive side of the football, where you’ve been lacking. Go get you a pass rusher. You’re probably going to have to overspend, but you know in free agency you always have to overspend - because if you don’t why would a guy leave a situation he’s comfortable in?”
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Skip: Josh McCown is a perfect backup option for Dallas
“They had Josh McCown in for a visit, and I would be extremely happy if they could sign Josh McCown as the backup to Dak Prescott, because Josh McCown is a good man, and a pretty good football player. And he will act and serve as a good mentor to Dak, who needs to continue to grow, obviously.
And Josh McCown has proven, to me, to be much better than a Matt Cassel or a Brandon Weeden. You know you can throw him in, because we saw what he did [in Chicago] or even for Cleveland. When he gets in, he will compete. So I would be very content with that one-two punch at quarterback."