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Jerry Jones opens a formal Tony Romo trade market

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After weeks of rumors, the market has formally opened.

Rumors have been swirling surrounding Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and where he will end up by the time this offseason comes to a close. General managers have not commented because he is under contract to the Cowboys. However, that is now changing.

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones has given Romo and the rest of the NFL permission to meet and negotiate a potential trade, according to NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo. Jones told the rest of the NFL they can contact Romo’s agent to schedule a workout, visit, or physical. According to Garafolo, teams are, "limited to conversations concerning (Romo's) 2017-19 NFL player contract" that are essential to completing a trade.

Normally a team would contact a GM to inquire about a deal, and would not be allowed to bypass the GM and speak to a player. However, this is no ordinary deal. Romo is a long-time Cowboy, and the team is hoping he can find a landing spot that will in turn provide solid return on a trade. There is a good chance he ends up getting released, but with a couple weeks remaining before teams like the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans report for their offseason workout programs, this gives them time to see if they can upgrade at the QB position before then.