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Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo's options include being put to pasture on FOX or CBS

With no takers for a trade, owner Jerry Jones says he is in no rush to make a decision before cutting the QB loose.

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Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo's options include being put to pasture on FOX or CBS
Jerry Jones, owner, president, and general manager of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, says he's in no rush to decide Tony Romo's fate with the team. John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he plans to make a decision about the future of quarterback Tony Romo "before training camp."

Romo's status with the team has been in limbo since free agency began three weeks ago.

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The Cowboys have been seeking a trade partner for the 36-year-old veteran, but thus far no team has been willing to take on Romo's contract for the 2017 season. If no trade is made, the Cowboys intend to release Romo.

Jones, speaking to reporters Tuesday at the NFL meetings in Phoenix, said he talked with Romo in the last several days.

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"He's really doing great," Jones said. "He's got a lot of options."

Romo wants to continue his playing career, but FOX and CBS reportedly want him as a television analyst for next season.

"There's no waiting game," Jones told the Dallas Morning News. "This is the offseason. We're not missing doing anything. From the standpoint of the franchise and the Cowboys, nothing is being held up here at all."

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Up next for the Cowboys are the start of organized team activities (April 17), the draft (April 27-29), the mandatory mini-camp (mid-June) and the start of training camp (July).

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"We're on great terms,'' Jones said of his relationship with Romo. "But I certainly don't want to represent anything as to how he feels. But I feel good about how we're doing, we being the Cowboys, me and Tony. I feel very good about it."

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett also did not offer an update on Romo's status.

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"Nothing's really changed since the end of the season," Garrett said. "It's a situation that we're working through. He and Jerry Jones are the principal people in working that situation through. It's really been status quo."

Romo's 2017 salary cap number of $24.7 million stands as the highest of any quarterback in the NFL this season. A new contract would be part of any trade negotiation with Romo, including his current base salary of $14 million.

Dallas found a franchise quarterback last season, fourth-round pick Dak Prescott, who was named Offensive Rookie of the Year after passing for 3,667 yards with a 67.8 completion percentage, 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

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Romo, who turns 37 on April 21, holds many of the team's passing records with 34,183 yards and 248 touchdowns. But he hasn't played a full season since 2012, including missing 21 games with injuries the last two seasons. Romo sustained a broken bone in his back during the 2016 preseason, losing his job to Prescott while rehabbing.

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