ESPN is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys (meaning Jerry Jones) will release veteran quarterback Tony Romo on Thursday. The move will save the Cowboys some money against the 2017 salary cap although they will still take a major hit for a quarterback that has played in a handful of games over the last two seasons. Red does not pretend to understand the intricacies of the NFL’s salary cap rules, but apparently if Romo is a June 1 designation (whatever the hell that means), the Cowboys would take a $10.7 million hit on the 2017 cap and $8.9 million on the 2018 cap. If released without the designation, the Cowboys will save $5.1 million against the salary cap but will carry $19.6 million in dead money (again whatever that means) for 2017.
Romo who was undrafted signed as a free agent with the Cowboys in 2003, but did not see the field until the 2006 season when he replaced Drew Bledsoe at halftime of the Giants game. He never again left the field that season and led the Cowboys to a 9-7 record and a playoff spot. His most infamous moment came in his first playoff game (against the Seahawks) when he botched the snap on a field goal attempt that would have secured the Cowboys first playoff win in almost a decade. Red still remembers laughing uncontrollably for several minutes.
Romo finishes his career with the Cowboys with a record 78-49 as a starter. His 34,183 passing yards and 248 touchdown passes are the most in team history. Romo holds team records for most 300-yard passing games (46), multiple touchdown pass games (79) and consecutive games with a touchdown pass (38). He also holds the Cowboys records for most yards in a season (4,903 yards in 2012) and in a game (506 against the Broncos in 2013), and the NFL record with a touchdown pass in 41 straight road games.
All of that is well and good, but Romo was 2-4 in the playoffs and never played in a conference championship game. Thus, by Cowboys standards, he was a miserable failure as a quarterback. Red dearly hopes that the Texans do not fall for a 37 year-old often injured quarterback with a track record of playoff failure.