By Mary Cunningham
The Dallas Cowboys will release Tony Romo, the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, today, allowing him to sign with another team if he desires while removing any doubt that they have the utmost faith in Dak Prescott.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones’ decision to release Romo was the result of a conversation between the two on Tuesday, league sources told ESPN’s Ed Werder.
A source told Werder that Romo did not have to pressure Jones to release him before the official beginning of NFL free agency so he could pursue opportunities with another franchise.
Jones told Romo that he had waited to determine whether another team might offer the Cowboys something in a trade for the oft-injured quarterback. When that failed to occur following the NFL scouting combine, Jones told Romo he would release him and make him a June 1 designation, which will save the Cowboys $14 million against the cap this year.
Romo will still count $10.7 million on the 2017 cap and $8.9 million on the 2018 cap.
The Cowboys visited with veteran quarterback Josh McCown yesterday for Romo’s back-up job.