Jerry Jones promised Tony Romo that he would "do right" by him, and that time has finally come. Tuesday, April 4th has been a day filled with emotion for Dallas Cowboys fans. Tony Romo is going to retire, he's also going to take Phil Simms' seat next to Jim Nantz as CBS' No.1 color analyst, and he's going to be doing all of that after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.
Source: The #Cowboys are releasing Tony Romo after all. It's a post-June 1 cut
Many people have screamed that the Cowboys and Jerry Jones have been "holding Tony Romo hostage." This completely debunks that entire notion.
From a technical perspective regarding football, Tony Romo is now free to sign wherever he pleases. Of course, it's already been announced that he's retiring and joining CBS, but this is a move of honor made by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Jones.
NFL Network's Jane Slater has been hip to this for quite some time, but perhaps throughout this entire process the Dallas Cowboys have actually been protecting Tony Romo. The market clearly hasn't been one of high demand for the Dallas Cowboys all-time leading passer, and perhaps the Cowboys didn't want that truth to be exposed with Romo in a position of vulnerability and looking un-wanted.
By keeping Tony Romo on the roster the Cowboys kept him in a position where NFL teams could not technically talk to him without it being considered tampering - a ban lifted by Jerry Jones on Monday, April 3rd. This seemingly afforded Tony Romo the window of time to come to the conclusion that he did without the distractions that would've come his way had he been released on March 9th, like it was originally speculated that he would be.
If Tony Romo truly wanted to he could now ditch this whole CBS deal and go sign with the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, or whoever else he choose. That won't happen though, because that's not what Tony Romo wants obviously... which disproves the notion that he was ever held hostage.
From a Dallas Cowboys perspective the release is designated as a post-June 1st one. Dallas will gain $14M in salary cap space, but not until June 2nd when it is past the designation. Tony Romo will count $10.7M against the salary cap in 2017 and $8.9M against it in 2018.
Jerry Jones did right by Tony Romo, whether you want to believe it or not.
Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.
Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman
Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.
In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.
Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
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