Texans Notebook: No Resolution for Tony Romo in Sight

PATRICK STARR

9:10 AM

Texans Notebook: Waiting on Dallas, slow start to free agency and bonus pay.

While the city of Houston sits and waits for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to “do right” for his players, the future of Tony Romo should be sorted out already. Understand, everyone who covers the Cowboys on a daily basis were all under the impression that Romo’s release would be complete by noon on the day before the opening of free agency on March 9th. All indications were that the city would be saying goodbye to the long time Cowboys signal caller. Even Romo himself put together a farewell video with Bob Dylan playing in the back ground. 

Fast forward nearly a week, the NFL and Romo are waiting for Jones to pull the trigger and let him go. The hold up seems to be that prior to the release of Romo, Jones and the front office now feel they could make a market for a team to potentially trade for him. Denver and Houston appear to be the clear destinations for Romo but neither team is taking his remaining contract $44 million of base salary over the next three seasons, especially with the injury history surrounding Romo. 

Some close to the situation still feel the end game will be a release for Romo but perhaps closer to the owner’s meeting on March 26th in Phoenix when Jones can actually meet with other team executives face to face. There is also thinking that the Texans moving from Brock Osweiler the way they did (with the trade to the Cleveland Browns) was a positive signs that Romo could be headed their way, showing that the Texans have a starting quarterback spot open for the onlooking Romo. 

The Cowboys are in little rush to move Romo, especially with their ability to handle business accordingly and stay under the salary cap. It is only a $5.1 million cap savings for the Cowboys this upcoming season and under no rush to move him for business reasons. 

Also, there is an idea that Jones is not interested in letting the in-state rival of the Texans dominate the media pulse for the coming off-season heading to NFL Draft. Dallas pushes the needle for the NFL and this situation would surely take the spotlight off of "America's Team" for a brief period. 

Either way, there seems to be no real resolution in sight but it is coming. 

NO NEW NAMES

The Houston Texans are the only team in the NFL not to sign another player from another team in free agency. The Texans have signed three of their own in Ryan Griffin, Shane Lechler, and Nick Novak, while watching four of their own leave. What is more important is that 517 players hit the open market on March 9th and, to this point, around 120 of those players have signed with teams. 

On the outside, it appears the Texans are in no rush to make moves but the off-season is long and the team has tried to get a feel for the offensive tackle market, in the long run, seeming to deduce that the market was just too high a price to pay for mid-level offensive tackles. 

Either way, only a week into the off-season, the Texans are staying patient and could be tied to waiting for the Romo situation to clear up. 

BONUS PAY

The NFL and NFLPA setup an annual performance-based play systems that rewards players for playing time base on their salary. Players across the NFL have been paid over $1 billion in performance-based pay since the program started in 2002, and the money paid out does not count towards the salary cap. 

All it takes is one official down to become eligible for the bonus pay at the end of the season. 

Starting center Greg Mancz led the Texans in bonus pay with an extra $314,808 due to his performance during the 2016 season. Mancz had a a base salary of $525,000 last season making him the top bonus earner for the Texans. 

Other Texans to receive bonus pay:

Corey Moore $257,752

Andre Hal $227,357

D.J. Reader $159,851

Christian Covington $151,893

Max Bullough $133,161

Benardrick McKinney $131,300

Ryan Griffin $122,843

C.J. Fiedorowicz $119,537

Xavier Su’a-Filo $105,754

Braxton Miller $98,256

Jay Prosch $96,854