Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo’s meeting with Jerry Jones to come “sooner than later”

The Cowboys have no plans to meet with Tony Romo’s agents at the combine, but they expect a decision on the quarterback “sooner than later.”

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday owner Jerry Jones and Romo likely sit down soon to discuss Romo’s future.

“I would say it’s going to come,” Stephen Jones said. “I think Jerry’s going to be due to meet with him sooner than later, but I wouldn’t say there’s a definitive meeting as of yet.”

While Stephen Jones didn’t rule Romo out of the team’s plans, he also spoke as if Romo will play elsewhere next season. The Cowboys could release Romo as early as March 9, the start of free agency, which seems more likely than a trade.

“Obviously I think he had a difficult year for him,” Jones said. “We’ll just see what happens there.”

Romo, who turns 37 in April, 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 past two seasons.

Romo fractured his back during the preseason, losing his job to Dak Prescott while rehabbing. His 2017 cap number of $24.7 million stands as the highest among any quarterback for next season.

Still, it will not be an easy parting for the Cowboys.

“What he’s done for this franchise speaks volumes for what he means to the Dallas Cowboys, to the organization, to our family,” said Jones, who has a painting of Romo in his office. “This guy played tremendous football. He’s given us some big seasons, and I think Jerry said it best, unfortunately that’s one of our biggest regrets right now is we haven’t been able to put a team around Tony when he’s healthy that he could win a Super Bowl, because I certainly think he’s very capable of it. In my mind, he’s one of the best quarterbacks ever to play for the Cowboys. He means a lot to us; he always will. He’ll always have a place in this organization and will always mean a lot to us.”