Tony Romo's star-crossed career as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys will soon be over.
A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Cowboys will release Romo when the NFL year opens on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced a decision on Romo, who will get a chance to pursue a starting job elsewhere.
A knowledgeable league source said Romo would be interested only in joining the Broncos, the Texans, the Chiefs and, rather surprisingly, the Rams. Romo, the source claimed, would take less guaranteed salary, with significant bonus incentives, to play for the Broncos for two-three seasons.
Romo and Elway have a closer relationship than generally is realized. They unintentionally, but fortuitously, ran across each other and had a brief exchange at a party in Washington during the inauguration. More important, the two previously played golf, hung out and had a serious competitive rivalry for years at the American Century celebrity/athletes summer tournament in Lake Tahoe.