Moore suffered a broken ankle in the first week of training camp and spent the season on injured reserve, opening the door for Dak Prescott to be named the starter when Romo suffered a compression fracture in his back in a preseason game.
Moore received a minimum-salary benefit contract that will pay him $775,000 but cost $615,000 against the salary cap.
Will Moore enter this summer’s training camp as the No. 2 quarterback behind Prescott, like he did a year ago behind Romo?
The Cowboys hosted veteran Josh McCown on a workout at the start of free agency and have been in contact with his agent. McCown recently completed a visit with the New York Jets. A source told ESPN Insider Ed Werder that McCown would prefer not to join the Cowboys until a decision is made on Romo.
It is now Day 12 of the Romo Watch. The expectation was that Romo would be released March 9 at the start of free agency, but the Cowboys are holding on to him, waiting out a potential trade with the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos or another team that might come calling.
Romo holds a veto power of sorts over any deal because he could always retire and void any trade. The Cowboys would free up a $5.1 million in cap room with a straight release or trade of Romo or $14 million in cap room if he is designated a post-June 1 cut, but they would not gain the credit until June 2.
Moore started two games for the Cowboys in 2015, throwing for 435 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the season-ending loss to the Washington Redskins. He has a close relationship with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, dating back to their time together with the Detroit Lions. While he did not play last year, Moore was part of Prescott’s growth behind the scenes during the week and on gameday in helping the rookie with defensive looks.