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PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY | ProFootballWeekly.com | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Tony Romo’s Next Stop, Still Dallas

ing and burning up with the competitive fire to be back on the field. In his uber-classy statement acknowledging the present reality,

Romo said as much, that he definitely wanted to start again somewhere before he’s through. The Way We Hear It, that is most

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ak Prescott, the stranglehold he’s put on the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback job and what it means for the future of former Cowboys starting QB Tony Romo, is one of the biggest stories in the NFL this season. There is no question Prescott is the starter and Romo his backup for the foreseeable future, and assuming good health, he’ll remain the starter through the end of the season, which most likely will come some time during the playoffs or at the Super Bowl. That has led to a new favorite pastime among NFL Insiders and analysts: trying to predict where Romo will play in 2017. Romo is playing the good soldier now, understanding the situation and doing everything he can to support Prescott while his insides are churn-

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Tony Romo (right) is so respected by Jerry Jones that he figures to remain in Dallas despite losing the starting QB position to Dak Prescott this season

likely to happen for him next season right where he is – in Dallas – either due to an injury to Prescott or a dropoff in his play. While others conject about theories that send him to Denver, Houston, Chicago, the Jets or elsewhere based on the belief that Dallas owner Jerry Jones has such respect and fondness for him he will make whatever outcome Romo wants possible, we’re hearing that when Jones talks about Romo playing five more years in Dallas – which he has – and leading the Cowboys to the Super Bowl, it’s because that’s exactly what he wants and expects to happen. Even though Romo’s base salary drops to $14.5 million in 2017 to be supplemented by a couple of million dollars in roster bonuses, Romo will count almost $25 million against the cap next year as a Cowboy, and just over $20 million against the Cowboys’ cap even if he’s no longer with the team. We’re hearing Jones will be loathe to take a $20 million cap hit for a player he doesn’t have, particularly when it would leave him in need of a backup quarterback with third-stringer Mark Sanchez a free agent after this season. Who is he going to get that will be close

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