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Cowboys won’t honor Tony Romo yet because he hasn’t retired, Jerry Jones says


Go ahead and count Jerry Jones among those who don’t believe Tony Romo is finished playing football.

Asked at a golf outing Wednesday about the Cowboys’ plans to recognize Romo’s career, as they did last month with DeMarcus Ware, the owner had a succinct response.

“(J.J.) is hoping he can play fullback once or twice when we play them this year so he can try to run over his brother,” Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said in an interview posted on the team’s website.

J.J. Watt has made a decent living as a defensive end, but he has actually lined up at fullback before, scoring three touchdowns during his career. So while it’s unlikely the Texans will humor Watt’s request, there is still a slight chance we get to see the brothers go against each other.

Watt has already heckled T.J. Watt since the younger brother was drafted, not only by telling him he was ready for their Christmas Day game, but also by getting former Central Michigan teammate Antonio Brown to haze him “a little extra.”

In the end, T.J. Watt may be happy to take out some pent-up aggression on J.J. — if the Texans are willing to humor him.

It’s a bummer for Butler to not get paid like the premium unrestricted free agent he will be in 2018, but the bright side is he can add to his market value opposite Gilmore in 2017. The Patriots benefit from one more year of cheap, stellar play and table their true re-sign decision, and Butler won’t let his contract concerns affect this play in pursuit of the big money.

Butler and Gilmore is better than Butler and Ryan, and a whole lot better than Gilmore and, say, Eric Rowe. The Patriots now easily have the best corner duo in the NFL, even if it might be for just one year. Having “rented” Revis a few years ago, they are OK with that.


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