Monday, April 18, 2011
Updated: April 19, 10:35 AM ET
Source: Tony Romo planning workouts
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is in the process of personally contacting all of his teammates to organize full-team workouts on the field next month, assuming the NFL lockout remains in place, a team source told ESPN's Ed Werder.
Romo, who turns 31 this week and is engaged to be married this summer, has often been questioned about whether he has the kind of leadership skills necessary to be a championship quarterback.
His involvement in organizing teammates when contact between players and team officials is not allowed might demonstrate his ability in that regard.
Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten said the Cowboys' leaders are in the process of putting together the sessions, adding, "Tony [Romo] is doing a good job leading that up. It's been an important part of what we're doing."
A number of players have been working out in smaller groups across the area, from Southlake to McKinney, while other players, such as Tashard Choice and Orlando Scandrick, have been training out of state.
"Even when it does happen it's not going to be an announcement," Witten said. "It's just going to be us going to work; not a secret but as us working and doing it together."
Head coach Jason Garrett left the players with a message to work out together before the lockout began so they will be ready whenever an agreement is reached on the collective bargaining agreement.
"It's been hard just because it's kind of foreign to us," Witten said of the lockout. "This is the time really when you're getting back into it and starting to make evaluations and looking forward into next season. Definitely different. I think just as leaders you're trying to keep contact with guys so that everybody is on the same communication as far as what the plans are as a team and giving us the best chance when it does get fixed."
Some of the Cowboys players reunited with their coaches for one night on Sunday, during the seventh annual Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party.
Contact between NFL coaches and players is prohibited because of the lockout, but the league made an exception for long-standing charity events.
With a wry smile, Garrett summed up how several of his conversations would likely go.
"We'll talk about the bread and the water," Garrett said.
Information from ESPN's Ed Werder, ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.