Although multiple reports over the last few weeks have indicated that Tony Romo expects to be released by the Cowboys, he's still a member of the team and the Cowboys could conceivable cash in on his value in a trade.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that "it's implied" the team will work out a deal that's beneficial to both Romo and the Cowboys - but on Monday's episode of Undisputed, Skip Bayless argued that Jones is going to have to choose between helping his beloved quarterback and helping his team.
Jerry: We’ll operate according to the ‘do-right rule’
“It is implied that we will work in the best way we can for the mutual interest of Tony and the Cowboys. And that was just implied, we didn’t have to say it [or] sign it, we just.. it’s implied that we’ll make that happen.
… Now we’ve got to abide by every league rule. We can’t have agreements without it being within the boundaries of the NFL. But when you’ve got a situation like we got, we’ll do the do-right rule. That’s it. That is it. We do the do-right rule. We have that kind of relationship."
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Skip: This situation is clearly hurting Jerry Jones emotionally
“I thought Jerry said back on January 27th he was going to ‘cool it’ with the Romo talk. Remember that one? No, it just escalates, day after day after day. And I must admit, I cannot fathom how the do-right rule is going to work for both parties involved, Jerry and Romo. I just don’t get it, but I’m going to say it one more time: I still have the sinking feeling that Jerry Jones is going to keep Tony Romo on the Cowboy roster.
I’ll say it again, I would have auctioned off Tony Romo at the trade deadline on November 1st. I would have cleared about five million off the cap, cleared the decks for Dak Prescott - who was the present this year, and will be the future of my Dallas Cowboys. But I believe that Jerry cannot fathom coming to grips with parting ways with the man that he views like another son to him.”
Shannon: “Did you hear him talking? Did you see him? This is hurting him, Skip.”
Skip: “Killing him. And he believes that Tony Romo is still fully capable of winning a Super Bowl. So I need someone to explain to me how you’re going to pull off the do-right rule?”
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Skip: Jerry has talked his way into a corner
"There’s one way to do the do-right, and that would be to cut Tony Romo loose right here, right now. Hand him a parting gift. ‘Thank you for all you did for our Cowboys, Tony Romo. Now you have thecapability of making your own deal elsewhere.’
And by that do-right rule, you would hope that Tony would do right by Dallas by not going to your arch-rival Redskins. By the way, when the speculation broke late Thursday afternoon, I just laughed at it because there’s no way Jerry’s ever going to trade Tony Romo to the arch-rival Redskins. It’s not going to happen, stop it.
But on the other hand, if Jerry wants to do right by the Cowboys, then he would try to hype Tony’s trade value by talking him up, ‘he could win a Super Bowl,’ even though we all know he’s an incredibly fragile, going on 37 year old quarterback."
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Skip: There’s no way Jerry can do what’s best for both the Cowboys and Romo
“If Jerry wants to do right by Cowboy Nation, then he would trade Tony to maybe the Jets for a mid-round pick, or Buffalo or even Cleveland. That would help Dallas, right?
If Jerry is truly threatened, as I believe he is down to the depth of his heart, that he’s threatened that Tony’s going to go somewhere and come back to haunt him by winning a Super Bowl, at least if you trade him to Buffalo you probably won’t have that happen anytime soon until Tony’s too old to do it.
That would be doing right by the Cowboys. So I don’t get how this is going to work out for anybody - unless Jerry does right by Romo by re-inserting him into the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys.”
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Shannon: Jerry is simply playing the media
“This is Jerry creating more drama, and he is wrestling with this decision because he said this is about relationships. This is more than owner-player. This is a very unique set of circumstances that we’re dealing with here.
Skip, before [this paper] came into existence, a contract was a meeting of the minds. But somehow along the way, the minds that we thought met in the beginning, somebody started to renege. And then they said ‘you know what, put it on this [paper].’
The meeting of the minds that Jerry and Tony have, Jerry is saying ‘Tony, I’m gonna release you. I’m gonna do it sooner than later. All I ask is that you not go sign with the Redskins.’ He probably said ‘now Tony, I’ve been good by you. I’ve done right by you. I made you more rich then you’d ever thought you’d be, now. Do right by me.’
… This is all this is about. Jerry’s trying to create some hype [that] ‘I really could keep him,’ and everybody says ‘man, Jerry’s going to keep Tony. We need to give him a third or fourth-round pick!’"