COMMENTARY - Jerry Jones making mistake by retaining Tony Romo, should trade for assets

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Free agency has begun in the NFL and I must say one of the most baffling and head- scratching moves has been Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ lack of making a sound decision as it pertains to quarterback Tony Romo.

No one, myself included, expected quarterback Dak Prescott to have a breakout year and success that he had during his rookie season last year. Prescott broke records and showed the poise of a veteran QB. Prescott’s success also meant the end of the Romo era in Dallas.

I know Jones views Romo as an asset but let’s be real, Romo isn’t the picture of health and he’s probably a hit away from retirement. I believe Jones is just being downright greedy. He should take the best option on the table and let the man go.

Jones was quoted in early March as saying, “… when you’ve got a situation like we got, we’ll do the do-right-rule. That’s it. Very important. We do the do-right rule. We have that kind of relationship,” according to msn.com. Huh? I have no idea what Jones is saying. I know he’s saying one thing and doing another, but he can’t have it both ways. You can’t say you will release or trade a player and hold onto them.

I know as the owner he’s well within his rights to hold onto Romo and wait for the best possible deal, but I don’t think he’s being smart. Ultimately football is a business and Jones is a businessman, but history has shown when he tries to become the general manager he fails.

I also suspect Jones wants a return on his investment. In 2013 Dallas signed Romo to a six-year $108 million contract extension with $55 million in guaranteed money and a $25 million signing bonus. Four years ago I thought that was too much and today I still feel the same way. This extension was signed after the oft-injured Romo had hurt his back in week 16 of the 2013 season. Although the injury was season ending, Jones still signed Romo to an extension. I was hoping he would finally cut ties with Romo, but that never came to fruition.

I know Romo holds several Dallas records, but those numbers haven’t necessarily meant success for the Cowboys. He holds a 47-30 regular season record but is only 2-6 in the playoffs. Does that equate to $108 million contract for a 32-year-old injury prone quarterback with little to no post-season success? In my opinion, no! Hey, it’s not my money, I’m just a die-hard fan who’s been waiting for more than 20 years for my favorite football team to play in another Super Bowl.

I’m sure Jones is feeling a little bit of nostalgia because he’s seen Romo grow as one of the top statistical quarterbacks in the league. But, it’s time for Jones to cut his losses. I know I would probably have a few problems cutting my former franchise quarterback. I’m sure in the back of his mind he’s thinking if I release him he might actually lead a team to a Super Bowl, but that’s a chance you have to take.

I believe retaining Romo causes too many financial issues. If he isn’t traded or released his salary to the cap is $24.7 million while his dead money value is $19.6 million, according to spotrac.com. That means Romo will be paid $19.6 million to not be on the Cowboys’ roster, but the hit counts against the team’s salary cap. Again, not smart business.

I’m all for giving a player an opportunity to be in a winning situation. I know it’s been rumored Romo wants to play in Denver. If that deal is still on the table I say Jones should take it.

The Cowboys have moved on to a new era and it’s time for Jones to finally realize this. He should take a step back and let the
GM build a Super Bowl contender. That’s why I always say owners should sign checks
and leave football to those who can separate themselves from the personal side of business. n