Cowboys to Trade Tony Romo? Not So Fast

FRISCO - Here's what we know about the Cowboys this season; their rookie quarterback is pretty good. While we’re at it, the rookie running back isn’t too shabby either.

But the exact status of Tony Romo's future with this team remains a topic shrouded in mystery. The latest speculation is that the best option for the Cowboys is to trade away the now injury prone QB.

At this point, the motivation comes down to simple economics. Romo is currently in the middle of a 6-year, $108 million contract that carries a salary cap hit of over $20 million a year. On the other hand, Dak Prescott is playing on a 4-year rookie deal for over $2 million and a cap hit of just over $500,000.

But be careful what sources you believe, because trading Romo this season would cost the Cowboys an additional $11 million in dead money, ballooning this season's cap hit of $20 million to almost $32 million. In comparison, waiting to trade Romo next season would actually free up over $5 million in cap space.

So you can disregard any rumors about trading Romo right now -- but next year is a whole new ballgame.