How the Cowboys could lose Romo and get Romo back
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A big loss in Romo’s contract would leave the Cowboys without two of their top two receivers and leave the team with only two viable starting quarterbacks.
But that is exactly what is likely to happen with Dallas.
Romo and tight end Jason Witten are likely to be the only options.
That is a problem because they have very little history in the offense, having been drafted by the Cowboys in 2009.
And Witten is not the only Cowboys player with a history of injury.
The team also has been without a starting offensive lineman since the season opener.
The Cowboys lost four linemen and six defensive linemen from last year, and they also lost five offensive linemen and five defensive linemen in the last five games.
Romo, though, is not expected to miss much time.
He has missed just one game in his four seasons with the Cowboys.
He was the team’s top target last season and had nine touchdowns, eight more than the team had last season.
Romo has not missed a game since 2011.
So how much longer will Romo be out?
The Cowboys are not expected at this point to consider him out for a full season.
They are not yet certain of Romo’s future.
So the team could make a trade or use the franchise tag to keep Romo on the roster.
They could also sign a free agent quarterback like Carson Wentz or a running back to a deal.
That would leave Witten as the only option to play with Romo.
But the team will have to decide how much it values Witten, who was the Cowboys top target.
The other option is to release Witten.
Witten has two years remaining on his contract.
If he is released, the Cowboys can cut him before the franchise tags expire on Dec. 31.
If they do not, Witten would become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
If the Cowboys cut him, he could return for the playoffs.
If not, he would become a free agents.
The same is true for Romo.
The franchise tag can be extended for up to three years.
If Romo does not have a contract extension, he is eligible to sign with another team.
Romo would have to forfeit his rookie contract and a fifth-year option in 2018.
Romo’s salary would be guaranteed in 2019.
The cap hits for both Romo and Witten will increase with each team.
In 2019, Romo would be eligible to earn $14.5 million, while Witten gets $11.5, the team announced Monday.
The $14 million would increase by $6.5 for each year Romo is on the team.
Wigten’s salary for the year would also increase by a total of $6 million, and Romo’s would rise by $4 million.
The salary cap for Romo and Wentz is projected to increase by about $4.9 million, the same as the salary cap in 2018 and 2019.
Romo is due $16.5 more in 2019 than Wentz.
The average cap hit for Romo is projected at about $9 million for the next three years, while Wentz’s is projected for about $7.2 million.
Romo will be a free agency after the 2019 season.
Wentz will be an unrestricted Free Agent.
Romo could still be a player on the market this offseason if the Cowboys decide to extend him.
If it is not done, Romo could sign a one-year deal with a team, or he could become an Unrestricted Free Agent and go into the free agency market.
That will be the second straight year the Cowboys have used the franchise-tag.
They did it once in 2008, when they used the tag on wide receiver Jerry Rice.
A big loss in Romo’s contract would leave the Cowboys without two of their top two receivers and leave the…