Tony Romo to be released on Thursday, per reports

Tony Romo to be released on Thursday, per reports

When the new league year starts Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, Romo will be free to sign with any team he chooses.

After telling the quarterback that he would be released, rumors began to swirl Thursday that the Cowboys would try to trade him to either Houston or Denver.

Romo is a strong candidate for quite a few teams.

The emergence of rookie QB Dak Prescott during Romo's recovery from a broken bone in his back last season has left the veteran expendable.

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Now as for players who will be with the Cowboys next season, Dallas needs to find a wide receiver to replace Terrance Williams, who they are not expected to re-sign. Also, the Texans may be willing to trade for him and if that were the case than the Broncos would be out of the Romo sweepstakes.

Romo is the Cowboys' all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes, but his last two seasons have been wrecked by injuries. Now that Romo is healthy he is looking to continue his playing career elsewhere.

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Cowboys will classify Romo as a post-June 1 release. With Dak Prescott etched in stone as the team's starter and Romo set to count almost $25 million against the cap, the writing has been on the wall for some time now. In the preseason a year ago, he fractured a vertebra, which opened the door for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. According to the report, Jones told Romo that he waited for other teams to field offers for the aging quarterback before coming to the decision. If Dallas releases him without the designation, the Cowboys will save $5.1 million against the salary cap but will carry $19.6 million in dead money for 2017. No, actually it's so are the Broncos going to get Romo?