Report: Romo expects release from Cowboys

February 16, 2017
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It appears as though Tony Romo will be hitting the NFL's open market as a free agent. At least that is what he thinks.

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the 36-year old quarterback is expecting to be released by the Dallas Cowboys instead of being traded. Werder also says that Romo believes he can be a starting quarterback for another two to three seasons even with his age and injury concerns.
 
Romo has spent his entire 13-year career with the Cowboys, throwing for over 34,000 yards and 248 touchdowns in 156 games. Romo only appeared in one game this past season after suffering a compression fracture of the L1 vertebra in his back in Week 3 of the preseason. Romo ended up losing his job to Dak Prescott, who was Dallas' fourth round pick (135th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Romo hes yet to play a full season of football since the 2012 season where he led the Cowboys to an 8-8 record. Romo had one of his best seasons in football in 2014 when he threw for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns, and led the NFL in completion percentage at 69.9-percent. Perhaps Romo's career year was in 2007 when he threw for 4,211 yards, 36 touchdowns, and helped lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 run.

However, Romo has been plagued with a long list of injuries in his time in Dallas in addition to his most recent back injury. Romo has broken his left collarbone three times, broken his right pinky finger, and suffered two other back injuries in 2013 and 2014. In his 13 seasons in the league, Romo has only suited up for all 16 games five times, and started all 16 games only four times.

The Buffalo Bills could be a team that will make a run at Romo's services, but it seems as though Buffalo is a long shot to land him. Other teams that may be garner an interest in signing Romo include the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, and the San Francisco 49ers.

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