ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-23 at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Report: Tony Romo's Cowboys tenure could come to a surprising conclusion this summer


Tony Romo's future beyond the 2016 season is shaping up to be rife with as many twists and turns as the sporadic quarterback drama he's been embroiled in over the past several months.

While it's clear that rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is now the future of the Dallas Cowboys franchise, what lies ahead for Romo seems to change course by the day.

According to PFT, an anonymous source close to the situation is suggesting that Romo may opt to be released instead of traded, thus giving himself more options and allowing whatever team he ends up with with the ability to acquire him without having to trim its roster or give up draft picks and/or players to do so.

At the moment, the Broncos and Cardinals are on Romo's short list of possible landing spots, with the Miami Dolphins becoming an entry this past week after quarterback Ryan Tennehill suffered MCL and ACL sprains in last Sunday's game against Arizona. ACL reconstructive surgery is reportedly a very real possibility for Tannehill, which would require a lengthy recovery period, paving the way for Romo to come in as Sam Bradford did in Minnesota when Teddy Bridgewater went down at the start of the season.


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Wherever Romo ends up, the Dallas front office, namely owner Jerry Jones, is likely to only intervene if a division rival like Washington comes into play. Kind of like when Brett Favre ended up with the division rival Vikings after a bitter split with Green Bay, that could be a bit of a worst case scenario for Jones and the Cowboys brass.