As it becomes more clear that the Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo (or, at a minimum, that he’ll ask for it), it’s important to explain how that would work, as a practical matter.

Romo, as explained last month, would be cut with the post-June 1 designation. This would allow the Cowboys to spread the cap hit over two years, with the $19.6 million cap hit becoming $10.7 million this year and $8.9 million in 2018.

Of course, this would require the Cowboys to carry his full cap charge of $24.7 million until June 1.