FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys haven't ruled out the possibility that Tony Romo remains with the team in 2017, but they appear to be preparing for that possibility.
The organization is scheduled to host Josh McCown at their facility on Wednesday, just one day before the start of the league year and the opening of the free agent market. Tuesday afternoon marked the beginning of the NFL's legal tampering period, which allows teams to talk to free agents before the official start of free agency.
Romo is currently still on the Cowboys' roster, and the front office has given no indication of whether that might change in the coming weeks. But McCown represents a well-established, veteran option if Romo does depart. McCown was drafted in the third round in 2002, and he has spent time with nine different NFL teams over the course of the last decade.
Most recently McCown played for the Cleveland Browns, and it was speculated the Cowboys had interest in trading for him after injuries beset them during training camp.
Obviously, with the emergence of Dak Prescott, the Cowboys are no longer interested in a starting quarterback. But McCown could represent a useful veteran presence if Romo's future lies elsewhere.