ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Dak Prescott #4, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys talks with injured quarterback Tony Romo #8 prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Tony Romo's future with the Cowboys has reportedly taken a definitive turn

Romo missed most of the 2016 season with injury, where he was then overtaken by rookie QB Dak Prescott.

For those toying around with Tony Romo trade ideas, you might need to hold your horses.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Romo is not expecting to be traded by the Cowboys, as the quarterback's expectation is that he will be released instead.

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It's been reported since December that Romo would prefer a release, as he would then be able to negotiate with the teams of his choice. Pro Football Talk is even suggesting that Romo and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could even make a "wink-nod arrangement", where Romo would avoid signing with teams that would be in-rival to the Cowboys. While such an agreement would be a no-no under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Jones has already admitted that seeing Romo on an NFC team would bother him.

If Romo is not released, he will be due $14 million — and set for a $24 million cap hit — for the 2017 season under his current contract. It seems certain that the Cowboys will move on from the oft-injured quarterback at this point — whether that be a trade or release — as Dak Prescott proved himself to be a worthy successor with his performance in the 2016 season.