Twenty-four hours ago, Skip Bayless was singing Jerry Jones' praises for his reported willingness to release Tony Romo and fully hand the Dallas Cowboys over to Dak Prescott.
What a difference a day can make. After the Cleveland Browns acquired Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler on Thursday, the Cowboys apparently decided to hold onto Romo and see what they might get for their former starter in a trade of their own.
Suffice it to say Skip's emotions ran the full gamut headed into the weekend.
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Skip: Tony Romo has become my Freddy Krueger
SKIP: "You know what? Tony Romo is becoming my recurring worst nightmare, my Freddy Krueger, because he will not go away. Because Jerry won't let him go away.
"I fear I'm stuck with Tony Romo on the Cowboy roster for a while, maybe even a long while, maybe even into training camp.
"And I must, before I answer the rest of this question, give our own Eric Mangini here on Undisputed some credit for this, because he has advocated from the start there is no way Jerry Jones is just going to give away a Tony Romo that he paid all that money to back in 2013. That he's paid all that money to for playing five games over the last two years.
"And Eric was correct about this because, remember, just the other day, Eric advocated that Jerry should keep Tony at least into the preseason. Because what if somebody else's starter gets hurt? What if somebody else really gets desperate for a Tony Romo, to the point that they will give a higher draft pick or maybe even a player for Tony Romo?"
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Skip: Jerry Jones now has no pressure to make a move
SKIP: "So now it appears that Jerry Jones has gotten his ... 'Bigger than Texas' pride and ego back up. He's got his big hat on, and he's going to try to big-time the rest of the NFL because he wants something in return for Tony Romo.
"And I'm going to remind everybody of this, especially Cowboy Nation. Jerry Jones is now under no deadline to remove Tony Romo from his roster. Tony Romo's under contract for the Dallas Cowboys for two more years. There's no urgency. There's no time constraint here, right? You can keep him as long as you want.
"And I also want to point this out. One news cycle ago, if we go back to Wednesday afternoon when the story broke — 'Tony Romo will be released by the Dallas Cowboys!' — I'm pretty sure, I'm not dead sure, but I'm pretty sure that came from Tony's camp. ... I'm pretty sure that didn't come straight from the horse's mouth, where the buck stops, Jerry Jones.
"So everybody leaped to the conclusion, 'Oh, Tony's going to be released!' And there was only one deadline that really mattered as that clock started ticking, and that was 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Because if in fact Jerry Jones had been able to cut the cord with Tony Romo-Jones and free him to go out on the market ... Dallas would have immediately freed up $5 million to spend now in this free agency period.
"Once you pass that deadline, there's nothing really left."
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Skip: The Brock Osweiler trade changed everything for Dallas
SKIP: "So Jerry Jones said, 'Not so fast.' And now it's going to go very slowly because Brock Osweiler did happen. And I must congratulate the Houston Texans, they found a way out from under Brock Osweiler, and I thought that was a pretty sweet move by them. ...
"So now that Brock Osweiler's gone from Houston, Jerry's sitting back, saying, 'Aha! I got you!' Because you have clearly cleared the decks for Tony Romo. You've got Tom Savage on your roster, you still got Brandon Weeden, and Bill O'Brien likes Tom Savage. Would he want to go forward in training camp with him? I don't know, maybe, if they're going to play chicken.
"That's what just happened. The game of chicken just started between Jerry and Bob McNair, the owner of the Texans. Who will blink first?
"And there's no reason for Jerry to blink any time soon. So I believe in the end, this is just my gut, gut feeling, my distant guess here, I say that Tony will wind up with the Houston Texans, but it may not be until midway through training camp, after a couple of preseason games, when somebody gets desperate enough to do this deal."
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Skip: Jerry Jones is actually doing the right thing
SKIP: "And I believe Jerry could hold out, I don't know, he might get a fourth-rounder. He might get a third-rounder. He might get a player on their defense that [the Texans] might deem barely expendable so that Jerry could add some player to his defense. ... They are pretty loaded on defense.
"So maybe it's a player, maybe it's a pick, but I think Jerry, he's actually doing the right thing now for Cowboy Nation, I must admit. But it's going to drive me a little crazy because it's only going to increase the chances that Jerry will sit back and say, 'You know, I just love me some Tony Romo.'
"And maybe if he sees him early in camp, he'll say, 'He might be better than that kid. He just might be better.' "