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Tony Romo to be released by Cowboys

NFL: NFC Divisional-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL free agent pool will have a big name jump into it on Thursday when the new league year begins. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo Thursday. Romo has spent his full 14-year career with the Cowboys, but, with multiple injuries over the past few seasons, he had been surpassed on the depth chart by Dak Prescott.

Romo has played five games in the past two seasons.

The Denver Broncos and Houston Texans seem to be the early favorites to land Romo, which would impact the AFC Playoff picture in 2017 if Romo stays healthy. Houston won the AFC South last year at 9-7, while the Broncos, also 9-7, missed the playoffs a year after winning the Super Bowl.

Romo has thrown for 34,183 yards with a 65.3-percent completion rate. He has 248 passing touchdowns with 117 interceptions and a career 97.1 passer rating.