Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, is not ready to let the dust settle on the quarterback controversy in Dallas. According to ESPN, the team’s general manager is not giving up on the opportunity to keep Tony Romo in Texas.
“I have not ruled out the possibility of him being a part of the Cowboys at all,” Jones said on Sunday. However, in regards to details on potential trade options for the veteran quarterback, Jones remained mum. “The things that will influence this decision are competitive and sensitive,” adding that the team has not allowed Romo’s camp to shop for other deals elsewhere, ESPN reports.
“We don’t work that way here,” he said.
The team seems to be in a bind since the salary cap this year peaks at $167 million with Romo under a $24.7 million cap figure, the publication reports. However, if the team chooses to release their veteran quarterback, they will free up $5.1 million. However, according to the GM, the team does not need to make a decision just yet.
“We’re in a situation right now where we need to see some things happen,” Jones said. “We need to read some tea leaves. We don’t’ need to be overtly doing something. We don’t need to do that for cap room. We don’t need to do that for any reason. We just need to see some direction, and the way we’ll get it is by coming together and mutually working that direction out. So, I mean, I’m not trying to be vague. All I’m trying to do is say that we don’t have anything to move on at this point.”
He added, “[Romo] gets to say and control this situation every bit as much as we do,” citing a discussion the two had at the end of the Cowboy’s season. Jones said that he and Romo went through every scenario, including trade, release, retirement and staying with America’s Team.
“I see this as finding a mutual solution,” Jones continued. “Now do one or the other need to adjust our perfect scenario to adjust it for what is a good deal? That could easily be, but answer’s not here today.”
Over the weekend, reports surfaced of a potential three-team quarterback trade between the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys, and the San Francisco 49ers, which could land Romo in Washington. However, according to Jones, that deal is not going down.
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