After 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo will soon be a free man. Team owner Jerry Jones will reportedly release or trade his franchise quarterback Thursday, potentially making Romo a top NFL prospect during free agency, according to ESPN.
Romo will certainly be missed in Dallas, where he has been a fan favorite for more than a decade, despite being plagued with injuries in recent years. Here’s a look at Romo’s net worth, career and what’s next for the star both on and off the field.
Tony Romo Net Worth: $60 million
At the time of his departure from the Cowboys, Romo was in the midst of a six-year $108 million contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys, signed in 2013. For the 2017 season, he was slated to earn a base salary of $14 million, along with a $5 million signing bonus, according to Spotrac.
Romo’s net worth of $60 million was steadily on the rise, but now the fate of his fortune is unknown. If Romo does leave Dallas, the move will likely be temporary. In September 2016, TMZ reported he was building a new home in one of the city’s prestigious gated communities.
Total costs for the seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom home were not disclosed, but the land alone was valued at $4 million. His other 5,551-square-foot home hit the market for $1.05 million in late summer 2016.
Tony Romo Stats
He’s one the biggest names in football now, but Romo went undrafted as a free agent in 2003. In fact, he was only invited to the NFL Scouting Combine as a designated thrower for the wide receiver workouts. A random sequence of events led the Dallas Cowboys to sign him for roughly $12,000 — definitely money well spent.
Long considered an overexposed, underrated quarterback by many, Romo accomplished many impressive feats during his 14-year career with Dallas. For starters, he broke a team record as a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
Romo broke Cowboys legend Troy Aikman’s passing record in 2014 with 32,961 passing yards, making him the franchise’s all-time leading passer. Prior to that in 2007 — his first full season as the starting QB — the team racked up 13 wins, tying the franchise record for victories in a season.
In his third full season as a starter, Romo became the first quarterback in Cowboy history to be on the field for every snap of the season. Romo’s 2009 season was especially monumental, as he set team records for attempts, completions, passing yards and 300-yard games.
What’s Next for Tony Romo?
Despite not playing more than two games in a row since the 2014 season due to various injuries, early rumblings suggest the Denver Broncos might be interested in a trade for the 36-year-old, ESPN reported. The Houston Texans have also expressed interest in the quarterback.
Romo has never made it to an NFC championship game, much less the Super Bowl. His departure from the Dallas Cowboys might better position him to make it to the biggest game of the year.
Since passing the role of starting quarterback on to Dak Prescott in November 2016, speculation on Romo’s future with the team has been high. Many consider him an apt replacement for Peyton Manning with the Broncos — and the relationship could be mutually beneficial.
Should the Cowboys release him, Romo may have a busy few weeks of teams courting him ahead of the April 27 NFL draft.
Any new contract Romo signs will likely include protections for injury. Over his 14 seasons in the NFL, he has broken his left clavicle twice and had disk surgery on his back, among other serious fractures and injuries.