Another writer who thinks Tony Romo will be released, though this seems to be the earliest projection for when that might happen.
Two sources close to the quarterback said Romo expects to get an answer – likely in the form of an outright release – from the Dallas Cowboys by the conclusion of the combine.
This is mostly a recap of an Ian Rapoport interview, who thinks Romo will be traded.
But, as NFL insider Ian Rapoport recently said via NFL.com, a deal involving Romo to the Texans is possible, but highly unlikely.
"Another one to consider here would be the Houston Texans. The problem is Bob McNair, the owner has come out and basically said this is not going to happen. He’s come out and said free agency is not going to be the way they’re going to do it. It’s likely going to be in the draft. So I would put this in the long shot category."
While the Texans probably aren’t going to be the fit for Romo, Rapoport does believe he will be traded.
Here's an updated note from Ed Werder, which suggests at least Tony would like Houston.
"He (Romo) sees Kansas City as a possibility, sees Denver as a possibility but the team that intrigues him the most is the Houston Texans," Werder said.
The Texans offer "proximity to Dallas that would ease any hardships on his family, so they can be part of it," Werder continued. "They are a great defensive team that have a lot of offensive skill position weaponry that he can use. But he is viewed as a short-term solution, a potential injury risk because he has only played five of the last 32 games that the Cowboys have been on the field."
Archer's Five Wonders covers several topics, but let's quote him on the opening of free agency. Will the Cowboys let all their free agents test the waters?
I wonder if the Cowboys will be able to use their time [at the Combine] to get a feel for what their free agents will be seeking when the market opens. Brandon Carr, Barry Church, Morris Claiborne and Terrance Williams will have suitors, but the Cowboys will try to re-sign most of their free agents. For a player like Church, this will be his last chance to cash in. Same with Carr. Money will matter. Claiborne's injury history makes him a risk for any team. Williams seems like he will get more than what the Cowboys can pay. I'm not even talking about Ronald Leary. The Cowboys could get a valuable compensatory pick in return in 2018 for Leary signing elsewhere. I don't wonder if they will sign any of their free agents before the market opens. Considering the money that will be out there to spend, every player should wait for free agency to begin.
Laufenberg opines on a few things, including whether Dallas should draft a quarterback, something Tom Ryle wrote about a few days ago.
I want to see Kellen Moore come in and compete for the backup job, and I would also like to see the Cowboys draft a QB. New England drafts a QB every other year, relatively high in the draft, and they have maybe the greatest QB in NFL history. In order to develop one, you have to draft one. There is no downside. If you choose right, they become valuable to you or valuable to someone else. Jimmy Garoppolo was taken by New England with a late second-round pick, and if traded, will bring back a first-round pick, plus other picks.
The writers at the Mothership offer their views. Brian Broaddus offered an intriguing option.
I wouldn't be one bit surprised if Rico Gathers was the player on this roster that makes the biggest jump contribution wise from last season to next season. One of the best things to happen to Gathers was that he had the opportunity to work with Tony Romo. Folks that I had the chance to visit with after the season told me Gathers wore the defense out during these practices. This was in large part due to Romo's insistence of throwing him the ball no matter how covered he was. Each week Gathers improved even to the point where in the final couple of weeks of the season he was getting snaps with the first offense. Not bad for a guy that hadn't played football in years.
Mosely likes Corey Davis.
I know he's not under the radar to scouts, but some fans may not know Western Michigan WR Corey Davis yet. I sort of like him for the Cowboys because he's already a great route runner. He gets a lot of separation simply because he's an excellent technician. I think he could be a superb No. 2 WR if Terrance Williams leaves in free agency.
OCC gives an excellent primer on the salary cap.
In today's primer, I'll take you through the many different salary cap options teams have. And in order to make that exercise as simple as possible, I'll use the same contract to illustrate all the different options, which I hope will make the presented options easier to understand and makes the differences between the options more readily apparent.
We'll finish with a piece honoring Darren Woodson. Let's hope he gets into more than just this Hall of Fame.
Among the inductees was Darren Woodson, a former defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys. Woodson played for Arizona State before being selected in the second round of the 1992 NFL draft by the Cowboys. His entire football career was spent in Dallas, where he helped lead the Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles (1992, 1993 and 1995). He also earned three first-team All-Pro selections (1994, 1995 and 1996).