Tony Romo has played his last game as a Cowboy; now Dallas just needs to decide what to do with him.
“They know the relationship is ending; it’s how do you make it a smooth situation for both parties since they’ve both been so good to each other,” Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Most people in free agency, they want to jump out (in) that first wave so they can get the biggest deal they can. Everybody thought Tony would jump out, become a free agent and be able to get the biggest deal he can because all the money is out there. But it’s different this year because the cap is so great for so many teams. And when you are a quarterback of Tony Romo’s caliber, there is no such thing as the pot dried up – because they’ll make the pot wet again for you when you become available.”
Denver and Houston have been floated as possible landing spots for Romo.
“If I’m a fan of the Houston Texans, I’m protesting so much right now,” Irvin said. “What are you doing? You mean to tell me you can throw $72 million at Brock Osweiler . . . but come back and say, ‘We’re not going to offer anything for Tony Romo’? Are you joking? Are you joking? Just say, ‘Hey, take a fifth-round draft pick. Take a fourth-round draft pick.’ Throw out something. Let everybody know that you’re trying.”
That’s fair, but why should the Texans give up anything for Romo? If the Cowboys don’t trade him, they’ll release him. Thus, Houston has all the leverage, no? Why not stick to basic principles?
“We’re not talking about basic principles; we’re talking winning championships right now,” Irvin said. “You’re not going to pick him up (in free agency). You’re going to (have to) fight for him. This is mind-boggling. I can’t imagine what the fans in Houston are thinking right now. I would be going crazy. You can’t come up with a fifth-round draft pick? It blows my mind.”
Irvin, who won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, dismissed the notion that Romo, who turns 37 in April, could retire.
“Tony’s not retiring,” Irvin said. “Tony’s not retiring. Tony loves to play. Tony is a competitor like you’ve never seen. I know his body looks like maybe he’s not. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it in the shower. But this dude can play any sport, and he plays it great. He put it on me in basketball. I don’t even try to mess with him in golf. This dude can play any sport and play it great. I want that. I want that on my team.”
In other Cowboys news, Ezekiel Elliott was caught on film trying to pull a woman’s shirt down and expose her breast during a St. Patrick’s Day party in Dallas. Elliott has had a handful of run-ins with the law in recent years.
Should the Cowboys be worried?
“It’s enough to make you scared a little bit because he’s such a vital part of what the Cowboys do,” Irvin said. “When I first saw that, I was like, ‘Is it Mardi Gras already?’ Then I realized that’s not a Mardi Gras parade. Every time I watch it now, I see his wheels turning in his head (and I think don’t do it). He does it every time. It’s just a matter of when you’re young and you’re making those decisions, you’re having fun as a kid, you don’t think you’re doing anything wrong out there, but you can’t do that. All eyes are on you. One of the things I always told Zeke, I said, ‘Zeke, I know Ohio state is big-time football, but the NFL (is bigger). Whatever you think went on at Ohio State, multiply it by 20. That’s the bowl you’re in right now. You got to make better decisions in that bowl.’”
Irvin was also asked about Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned. Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games last year.
“It’s not like he was playing the greatest football,” Irvin said. “Now you’re talking about you’re not playing great, you know what else all comes with it – this is what it is. This is what it is. I’m not faulting other people that (said) they’re not heading in that direction, especially some of the teams that need quarterbacks who are in a bad situation. They can’t make their situation worse trying to get better. They’re trying to get better. I don’t think it’s anything outside of a combination of what’s going on on the football field and where teams are. It’s a business decision.”
Irvin will star in the new movie “Slamma Jamma,” which hits theaters Friday nationwide. The movie tells the story of college basketball star Michael Diggs (Chris Staples), whose NBA dreams are crushed when he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Former MLB star Jose Canseco will also be in the movie.