QB Tony Romo will be released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday

QB Tony Romo will be released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday

QB Tony Romo will be released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday

It was reported early Wednesday afternoon that the Dallas Cowboys will officially release quarterback Tony Romo as soon as the new league year begins Thursday afternoon.

Though Tony never won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys, he would leave the team as the franchise's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.

ESPN lists Denver and Houston among the teams interested in Romo. The team can free up $5.1 million in salary cap space in 2017 by trading or releasing Romo. In Romo's case, that would be $19.6 million of dead money that'll count against the 2017 cap.

Taking a closer look at Romo's options, it's hard to find a realistic landing spot for the 36-year-old.

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McCown was released by the Browns last month after spending two seasons in Cleveland.

Romo's situation has been the focus of most of the Cowboys' off-season after rookie sensation Dak Prescott arrived and took over when Romo was injured during the 2016 preseason.

ESPN's Todd Archer and Adam Schefter were first to report the team's decision to cut Romo loose after 13 seasons, citing a source familiar with the move. He was just a year younger than Romo is now, and he had a few of the best seasons of his career. The Cowboys went 1-11 without Romo. Against the Bills on Monday Night Football, he threw five interceptions - two of which were returned for touchdowns - and lost a fumble, accounting for six turnovers.

ESPN's Ed Werder first reported on February 27 there was "mutual interest" between McCown and the Cowboys.

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