Romo expected to be released in next 2 weeks

CaptionCloseDallas Cowboys' Tony Romo runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo runs onto the field before an NFL football game...

Romo expected to be released in next 2 weeks

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Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Dallas Cowboys have tried hard to make a trade involving Tony Romo. 

But the team's efforts appear to have hit a snag, leading them to consider releasing the 13-year quarterback. 

The Dallas Morning News reports that the team is expected to release Romo within the next two weeks. It would mean that Romo would leave the only team he has ever played for in his NFL career. 

That move would free up about $5 million in cap space and allow the team to start addressing other needs in free agency.

It means that any potential trade suitors for Romo apparently are willing to take their chances after the team releases him rather than trading any commodities for the four-time Pro Bowler. 

And if Romo is released, one of the team's biggest potential needs would be to acquire another backup quarterback.

If the Cowboys keep Romo on their roster through June 1, the News reports that they could designate him as a post-June 1 cut and save $14 million in cap space for 2017 by spreading the Romo's cap hits over the next two season. But it's hard to imagine that Jerry Jones would keep Romo hanging for the next four months.

Behind Dak Prescott, the Cowboys would need help if Romo is released. Mark Sanchez is not expected to return. The team has shown repeated interest in veteran quarterback Josh McCown, who is now a free agent after he was released by Cleveland. The Cowboys were extremely interested in McCown last season after Kellen Moore broke his ankle in training camp, but the Browns wanted to much in return.

Romo, who will turn 37 in April, has repeatedly said he wants to play for a contender. The wish list appears to be strong with locations like Denver and Houston apparently in play. 

Where he will end up will reveal itself over the next several weeks.

Nothing is certain except the likelihood he will leave the Cowboys -- soon.  

Tgriffin@express-news.net

Twitter: @TimGriffinBig12

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