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Tony Romo will be released Thursday by Cowboys

Tony Romo will be released Thursday by Cowboys

He turns 37 next month
Tony Romo will be released Thursday by Cowboys
Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Photographer: Ben Solomon/The New York Times

The Dallas Cowboys have made their decision about Tony Romo and reportedly will release their longtime quarterback Thursday, a move that will have a cascading effect on a market that is lacking in strong players at the position.

Romo, who turns 37 next month, has been limited to only five games over the last two seasons and only one in 2016. Romo, who was 78-49 in 13 seasons with the Cowboys, saw Dak Prescott take his job after he was injured in preseason and the Cowboys faced a difficult decision about his future.

Now, the answer, confirmed by The Post's Mark Maske after being reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, is that the Cowboys will release him, with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans the most likely destinations for him.

According to Maske, several agents and coaches and executives with other NFL teams said recently at the NFL scouting combine that they regard the Texans as the most likely destination for Romo.

"That one makes the most sense to me," a high-ranking official with one franchise said. "I don't think anyone in the league would be surprised to see that one happen."

The move by owner Jerry Jones, which was expected given Romo's 2017 salary and the Cowboys' inability to trade him, puts Romo in charge of his destiny.

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