The Tony Romo clock is running out. With offseason workouts set to begin in only a few weeks – and the Dallas Cowboys unlikely to risk having their ousted former starter show up and expose himself to injury – the moment to make a decision on Romo has arrived for Dallas. If the Cowboys are going to trade him, next week’s league spring meetings mark the last best chance for Dallas to pry something loose from another NFL team in exchange for the 14-year veteran.
With the salary cap bumped up to $167 million, plenty of teams have the cash to upgrade key positions before the NFL Draft in late April. Free agency officially began on March 9 with the start of the new league year, but fans had a good idea of where players are heading before that. March 7-9 is the “legal tampering” period, where teams are free to negotiate with impending free agents before the league year actually begins.
Malcolm Butler’s latest Instagram shows a man on the move. The photo from Wednesday’s post shows the New England Patriots restricted free agent on a plane. He wrote: “‘Nothing changed but the change’ #BLESSED.” Butler met with the New Orleans Saints last week, and he and the team have reportedly been attempting to work on a deal. Butler was warming up to the idea of joining the Saints after he reportedly said he wanted to be a Patriot for life. If Butler and the Saints agree on a deal, Butler could sign his first-round restricted tender, and New Orleans can place an offer sheet on the cornerback. Then the Patriots must decide whether to match the offer or allow Butler to leave while accepting