Teams could be lining up for crack at Romo in 2014

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Even after extensive neck and nerve problems, the rare availability in 2012 of a franchise quarterback sparked an intense chase for a guy who has racked up Hall of Fame stats but, in all fairness and objectivity, has underachieved in the postseason.

Speaking of franchise quarterbacks who have underachieved in the postseason, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo reportedly will be available in free agency come 2014.  While Romo has one less Super Bowl ring (and eight fewer postseason wins) than Peyton Manning, Romo also has had four fewer neck surgeries.  And Romo is four years younger.

So if, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has reported, Romo can’t be tagged in 2014, Romo needs to merely get through the 2013 season unscathed.  He then can sign with the highest bidder, or pick the best situation.

Based on current quarterback situations, interesting teams include the Bills, Jets, Bengals, Browns, Texans, Jaguars, Chiefs, Raiders, Eagles, Bears, Vikings, Buccaneers, Cardinals, and Rams.

We’ve still got a long way to go, and it’s possible that the Cowboys will interpret the contract differently.  Still, for the second time in three offseasons a franchise quarterback could be headed to the open market.

In a league without nearly enough franchise quarterbacks, that’s a huge development.

112 responses to “Teams could be lining up for crack at Romo in 2014

  1. The Vikings show up on every list of teams that desperately need a QB, even though they say they remain committed to noodle armed Ponder.

    I think it’s because everyone knows that Ponder is a bust.

  2. Arizona or Cleveland would be the two best options. Especially where he would have arguably the best WR to throw to in Fitzgerald.I think if Cutler fails this season, the Bears could consider Romo, based on him being compared to Favre 2.0

  3. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:15 AM
    Thank God I’m a Redskins fan. #RG3BestQBinProFootball

    *********************
    And the timing should be right, too. By 2014 RGIII could be out of football with a permanently damaged knee. But he’ll always have that burgundy and gold stocking cap.

  4. The only teams that are lining up for Tony Romo are the ones looking forward to playing against him.

  5. Franchise quarterbacks are those who carry teams to regular success and playoff appearances. Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady… these are franchise quarterbacks. Tony Romo is a good starter who is fun to watch. Just because a guy starts for a team doesn’t make him a “franchise” quarterback, Mike.

  6. Bengals? Rams? Highly doubtful. I think Dalton and Bradford take another step forward this year. I think Romo gets a little too much blame but at the same time we aren’t talking about Aaron Rodgers. I dont think Romo is a big enough upgrade yo pay him double what those two will get on their next deals

  7. Bengals? Dalton has taken them to back to back playoffs for the first time in a generation. Back to back winning seasons for the first time in a generation. This in his first two years in the league. 19-13 as a starter. You really think Mike Brown is going to give up on him after his third year? Sigh. Flo, take your Steelers cap off.

  8. Who would overpay big money for a proven, without fail “Underperformer? Stats have a value of ZERO. In the NFL you must WIN.
    Mr. Tony “OHNO” is a consistent also ran.
    Good luck to him.

  9. What?

    2 things- Bengals aren’t really that “interesting” and if you mean “interested” they’re not that either.

    Where did you get this?

  10. “ramrene says: Mar 29, 2013 10:13 AM

    Rams???

    I think not.”

    I could definitely see the Rams being interested in Romo if Bradford doesn’t greatly improve. Bradford is due over $14 million in 2014 and will have a cap number over $17 million and that is top-tier quarterback money, and Bradford hasn’t shown he’s anywhere near a top-tier quarterback.

  11. Bengals should not be on that list..Dalton is good..Chicago should not be either..Cutler is about even with Romo so there would be really no reason to switch

  12. With this being a make or break yr for Bradford, I can def see getting a 1st rd pick for him and either going Romo or Johnny manzel next year if he doesn’t live up to his $17mil/yr contract.

  13. I really hope Romo can start to turn it on in the post season. He really is a good player in the regular season, but when he faces the playoffs, he’s the perfect example of anti-clutch..

  14. If he does hit FA and goes to another team, he’ll easily become the highest paid player in the NFL. He’s just so awesome, and I suppose some meatheads can’t see that.

  15. So many people give Romo so much grief but I really think he’d do just fine in a different atmosphere. He IS a very good player. A lot better than some of the QBs who make more money, no names mentioned. Nothing against Dallas the franchise, but I think JJ can muddy the waters with his constant interference and public comments. It makes it tough to be a real coach there, and tough to be a player. If Romo had gone to NO with Payton for example, he’d be fully capable of winning SBs there.

  16. Even though I’m lukewarm at best about Jay Cutler and loath the Mile Brown owned version of the Bengals, I don’t see Tony Romo as an upgrade to either of those teams. P.S. please God, let the Bengals sign him…

  17. Why wouldn’t they want Romo? He has Favre’s gunslinger attitude, just without the talent.

  18. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:15 AM
    Thank God I’m a Redskins fan. #RG3BestQBinProFootball
    ==============================
    Rex Daniel Grossman III is the best QB?

    RG3#2 may have some potential, if he had some knees.

  19. I understand he is better than a lot of other teams’ options but I really wouldn’t want to win a bidding war against those other terrible teams for a 33-year old Romo who hasn’t really won anything. If he wins anything in 2013, I’m sure Jerry will lock him up.

  20. Just a Fan says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:19 AM
    Why would the Bengals need a QB? Andy Dalton is the real deal. Romo is not an upgrade from Dalton. And this is coming from a Steeler fan.
    =================================
    Chad Pennington junior?

  21. Dallas will not win a Super Bowl, or even get close to one, with Romo as their quarterback.

    Somebody needs to move on.

  22. This shows how bad the talent level is in the NFL. When bottom feeder teams want someone who has NEVER lived up to the hype.

  23. The Romo era has passed. The greatness people projected due to his abundance of potential, never materialized.

    Need I say, stick a fork in him.

  24. kingbeason52 says:
    Chicago should not be either..Cutler is about even with Romo so there would be really no reason to switch

    Couldn’t agree more. Cutler for Romo is a lateral move for the Bears at best. I suppose it’s possible if the Bears and Cutler can’t cut a deal by 2014, but seems more like a far-fetched backup plan to me.

  25. Regardless of where he plays, I think the francize tag should not be “contracted” around. Meaning, like state and consumer laws cannot be forfeit by a contract clause stating such, the same should go for underlying provisions in the CBA.

    Otherwise which big name signing isn’t going to demand that teams don’t francize. Up to this point not many players ask for this, but it works players will start asking for this as a norm.

    Its meant to protect teams more than players – so why make it so easy to invalidate?

  26. Wow Mike, I think you’ve officially lost it. For you to make any type of assimilation between Tony Romo and Peyton Manning is an incredible insult to Manning. Romo went undrafted for a reason. He has one playoff win for a reason. Everyone knows quarterbacks get over-valued, but its borderline blasphemous to say there’s going to be interest in Romo because there was interest in Manning. Romo will play some were in 2014, but that will have absolutely nothing to do with Peyton Manning. Furthermore, if all this time, Romo had played for say Cincinnati or Buffalo or Kansas City or any other team who wasn’t self-anointed “America’s Team,” people wouldnt think he’s better than he is. People think Romo is an elite QB simply because he has a star on his helmet. The truth of the matter is Romo has OVER-achieved his entire career. He is a decent QB, but everyone thinks he is elite, you just proved it by your comparison of him to a sure-fire HoF’er, so you think he’s underachieved. Tell me, what are you possibly basing your opinion that he’s underachieved on? Last I checked, expectations of an undrafted QB are not that high. Oh yeah, silly me, he plays for the Cowboys so he must be great!

  27. Dalton’s had two back to back playoff appearances so the national media/audience is down on him. But anyone who watches him during the season against their team has high respect for him. He is on the rise. His numbers improved from last year. Until he shines in the post season he’ll get no national love, but he can beat any team anygiven sunday. He’s good.

  28. Bradford is far and away better than Romo (and a lot of other QBs). He just got his first real head coach last year and is only going into his forth with one whole season completely wiped out by injuries and a bungling OC. His time has come and he is on the rise. Time will tell.

  29. There’s only one team that wants Tony Romo, and thats Dallas. And of the teams listed, not all of them are desperate enough to make a run at Romo. Cincinnatti has Dalton, Romo is no better than Schaub, Bears have Jay Cutler, and the rest of the will likely be in position to maybe draft a QB. Tony Romo wouldn’t be the answer.

  30. Its all speculation….I might add this is one of (if not the) most moronic post to this site. Not a Cowboys fan, but dont see them letting Romo get away.

  31. It would be heartbreaking to NFC East fans if the guy that has lost to every team in the division in Week 17 win-and-in-loser-go-home games were to go to another team.

  32. I think if you get Romo away from Jerry Jones and all the Dallas drama.. Get him in the right system.. He can win a ring.. It’s hard to play for A owner that is the Owner,GM,Coach,Player,Scout and a cheerleader.. Dallas never wins another Superbowl with him as the owner.. Hopefully his son is as smart as Al Davis’s son? Who comes in and realizes that his father has done nothing but become one of the laughing stocks of the NFL… Cleans house and rebuilds his fathers mess

  33. While I am not completely sold on Dalton, I do see a lot of promise in him and if last year was a sophmore slump then the future is bright for Cincy. He reminds me a lot of Drew Brees and I hope he eventually gets to that level.

  34. I think that Romo is a very good QB but I think the Cowboys should look into a trade. The Cowboys with Romo seem to go 8-8 or 9-7 every year. I think they should make a trade and draft a QB and start over at the position. To extend his contract may help the cap now but it will only put the Cowboys in the same spot later on. If they cant get a trade, they should let Romo leave in free agency and get a compensatory pick for him.

  35. Maybe that’s why Cleveland is saving up half of their cap space from this year. They will surely have the most again next year, to do why they’d like in Free Agency.

  36. Bills or Jets maybe since they can’t figure out how to draft a QB. Most of the rest of the teams Romo would be a downgrade to what they have or could draft.
    Being a Bears fan I can tell you I would give away everything Bears I own and switch to watching soccer if we replaced Cutler with Captain Choke.

  37. The best thing the Cowboys could do is let this guy walk, tank a season and try to get a high pick for a QB. It is not like the GM will lose his job. Romo is a good qb, just not when it matters most. They need someone who has the ability to lead. If you look at Romo after an interception, he goes to the sidelines and pouts or puts a towel over his head. In contrast, look at Manning, Brees or Rodgers and they are looking at pictures to see what went wrong and talking with their players. Romo abandons his team in self pity.

  38. Why would the Kansas City Chiefs even be on this list. They have Alex Smith, Ricky Stanzi, Alex Tanney and soon to be on the team with the #1 overall draft pick Geno Smith.

    So why would you even put the Kansas City Chiefs on the list to get Tony Romo next year.

    Tony Romo is like Ryan Leaf of the Chargers.
    Tony Romo is like Jon Kitna of the Bengals
    Tony Romo is like David Carr of the Texans

    He would just totally look weird in a Red and Gold.

  39. filthymcnasty1 says:Mar 29, 2013 10:16 AM

    The Vikings show up on every list of teams that desperately need a QB, even though they say they remain committed to noodle armed Ponder.

    I think it’s because everyone knows that Ponder is a bust.
    —-
    Are you still mad about the Packers only having 2 legitimate Super Bowl wins while the other 2 were pre-Super Bowl that somehow got muddied in the water with legitimate ones?

  40. 49ersandshivabowl says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:45 AM
    RG3 = 0 playoff wins after 1 season

    CK7 = 2 playoff wins and SB appearance after 10 games.

    RG3 < CK7 and Russell Wilson
    ======================

    Are you honestly comparing RGIII to Kaepernick? Just about where the Skins were before RG!

    Besides Kaepernick is a two year player and RG is a rookie. RG was injured and almost won his playoff game.

  41. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:15 AM
    Thank God I’m a Redskins fan. #RG3BestQBinProFootball
    ____________________________________

    I think illogical suits you better, and your boy will never be the same after shannahan ruined him. Then add is sophmore jinx…Welcome to the second coming of Mike Vick…sorry skinz fanz…And even healthy he is not even the 2nd best QB in the division.

  42. People love to hate the Cowboys and Romo but the guy is a franchise quality QB. He’s been running for his life virtually every time he drops back. I hope he wins a Super Bowl even if it isn’t with the Cowboys. I don’t see people hating on D Ware when the defense blows (except Warren Sapp)… Romo has made the same kind of impact as D Ware and Witten have.

  43. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:15 AM
    Thank God I’m a Redskins fan. #RG3BestQBinProFootball
    __________________________________

    Many fans of other NFL teams like: the Giants, Dolphins, Patriots, Bills, Steelers, Chiefs and others have enjoyed watching RG3, even sometimes rooted for him, but when we all have to hear the same thing over and over like, #RG3IsTheGreatest, #BestPlayerInProFootball, #Untouchable, It tends to make people start hating the guy, a bunch. We all know that you think RG3 is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but can you please tone it down a bit? Can you please use your fingers to type up something interesting or valuable about the Redskins or even RG3? For gods sake, please get of of Griffin’s jock!

  44. 49ersandshivabowl says:
    Mar 29, 2013 10:45 AM
    RG3 = 0 playoff wins after 1 season
    CK7 = 2 playoff wins and SB appearance after 10 games.
    RG3 < CK7 and Russell Wilson
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    Give Andrew Luck/RG3 that loaded San Fran team or that seattle D and those guys wind up in the superbowl against each other….

  45. I think illogical suits you better, and your boy will never be the same after shannahan ruined him. Then add is sophmore jinx…Welcome to the second coming of Mike Vick…sorry skinz fanz…And even healthy he is not even the 2nd best QB in the division.
    ================

    I’m not a skins fan by a long shot…but you can’t compare RG to Vick…Vick never studied the game until he was trying to win a spot on the eagles offense…and then he stopped studying

  46. If the Rams ‘give up’ on Bradford, which they can’t, you have to fire Fisher and the GM. Giving up means, passing on RGIII and Luck admitting ignorance when evaluating talent. The Rams locked themselves to Bradford after trading the top pick last year. Bradford takes a pay cut before he’s cut before competition is considered. It’s too large of an investment. Worst case scenario, he’s a game manager for the term of his contract. He can’t be dumped or benched for at least two more seasons.

  47. why is Florio compaaring Romo to Manning. Romo has less than half of the yards or touchdowns that Manning has.

  48. Mike, You are smarter than the “Manning has underachieved in the postseason” meme. I guess “underachieved” is a pretty gentle word, but his career post-season rating is above 90. I DO think it’s a point or two below his career passer rating, but hardly sub-par. Further, look at the most decicive plays in his playoff losses–probably all on D or ST. Eddie George’s 65 yard run in his first playoff game (and his #2 WR breaking a leg in the 1st qtr). Allowing a 200+ yard rusher (and Vanderjagt shanking a FG in OT) in his second. 4 picks to the Pats in the AFCCG… that’s on him. In the 41-0 loss to the Jets, they were down 17-0 before he even touched the ball, and his RB had 13 yards on 9 carries. What QB is going to “overachieve” in that situation? vs SD the D allowed Billy Volek (!) to rack up about 300 yards and even in the big SB flameout, did he muff the onside kickoff that turned the tide? Did he allow Brees to go 22/24 in the second half? His pick-six to Porter was the icing on the cake, but the game was lost long before that. In some of those losses he’s had 300, 350 yards. The team did not win, some years when they should have, others when they should not have. But underachieved? It’s dubious.

  49. Oh please….if Romo can’t wait playoff games for Dallas, does anyone think he can do it with another team? He’s pretty much a mediocre player. I can’t wait for the day that Dallas finds a quarterback who is a proven leader and can lead the team to playoff victories.

  50. I think Romo would be great for my Seahawks. he’d be a great backup for Russell. we could even have him be the holder for field goa….. oooops, nevermind.

    nope. no room here for that “franchise qb”

    hey florio, you are the urban dictionary definition of sensationalism. one day you call Barkley a “potential franchise qb”. the next day, after Cosells commebts, you call him a 3rd or 4th round bust. now you reference Romo in the like of Manning and “franchise qb”? Are you related to Logical Voice? you make about as much sense!

  51. As a Vikings fan who lived in Texas. Please no. He’s not the type of leader and proven winner we need. In fact, he is neither of those.

  52. Look at the stats between Romo and Manning – Romo has more yards with about the same % completion. It could be said too that Manning has a much better team than Romo, and that counts for something.

  53. vegasbearfan,
    Romo sucks- we have our franchise QB in Chicago – we don’t want Romo
    —————————————————–
    I am not a Cowboys fan, but Romo destroys Cutler. Check their stats just in the last 4 years and it’s not remotely close.
    The numbers show that Romo is definitely a franchise QB. It isn’t Romo’s fault that J Jones can’t draft a defense so they can win in January/February.

  54. I read the headline picturing the scene from Airplane where everyone is lined up to “take a crack” at the hysterical woman but with Romo instead.

  55. Filthymcnasty keeps talking about the Vikes as much as someone that has an open innocent crush.
    Keep the comments coming. Sooner or later you’ll come over to the Purpleside.
    You obsessors always do.

  56. How many times do I have to say this! I’ve seen every game Tonys played.
    It’s NOT Tony!
    You have to put a team around him! Even you super mouths cannot do your job laying in your backs or running in for your life
    Jones has wasted a super talent with a mediocher team.
    Tony would have multiple rings on any high caliber team.

  57. mumfio says:
    I am not a Cowboys fan, but Romo destroys Cutler. Check their stats just in the last 4 years and it’s not remotely close.
    The numbers show that Romo is definitely a franchise QB. It isn’t Romo’s fault that J Jones can’t draft a defense so they can win in January/February.

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    Romo only has them stats because he has Miles Austin, Dez bryant and one of the best tight ends ever to throw too. While the last 4 years Cutler has had Devan (cant run a route) hester, Johnny (shrimp) Knox and Matt (Hands of stone) Spaeth all while behind a line that makes even the crappy Dallas o-line look like pro bowlers.
    Put Romo behind that same team and he would be 16-48 with horrible stats, if he even survived the 4 years.

  58. Romo the last 4 years:
    2012-4903 yds/28tds/19ints/65.6 %/90 rating
    2011-4184 yds/31tds/10ints/66.3%/102.5
    2010-1605 yds/11tds/7ints/69.5%/94.9 (injured)
    2009-4483 yds/26tds/9ints/63.1%/97.6 rating
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    Cutler the last 4 years:
    2012-3033 yds/19tds/14ints/58.8%/81 rating
    2011-2319 yds/13tds/7ints/58%/85.7 rating
    (injured)
    2010-3274 yds/23tds/16ints/60.4%/86.3
    2009-3666 yds/27tds/26ints/60.5%/76.8

    As I stated there is no comparison, Romo destroys Cutler. Romo’s numbers shows he is one of the better QB’s in the league.

  59. Romo is awesome. He has made stars out of players like Miles Austin. Throws a great deep ball gets out of rushes all the time. The cowboys have no blocking and a terrible run game and Romo still gets it done. Throws for close to 5000 yards. Ponder threw for 50 yds in a game. Of course the Vikings would be interested. This is Ponders make or break year. If he blows it the Vikings would have to consider Romo.

  60. U can’t rely on post season to judge a qb, Peyton manning has been historically horrible in the post season. I’m not saying he’s Peyton, I’m just saying….plus, I’m sorry, this is the first time I’ve heard anyone say I’m thankful to b a skins fan hahahaha.

  61. I’m not convinced Dalton is the guy for the Bengals. I keep remembering what A.J. Green said after he got 3 touchdowns in the Pro Bowl “They got me the ball.”

  62. I’m not convinced Dalton is the guy for the Bengals. I keep remembering what A.J. Green said after he got 3 touchdowns in the Pro Bowl “They got me the ball.”
    That speaks volumes.

  63. Perhaps this headline should be rewritten as:

    “Teams could be lining up for crack if they want Romo.”

  64. Romo the last 4 years:
    2012-4903 yds/28tds/19ints/65.6 %/90 rating
    2011-4184 yds/31tds/10ints/66.3%/102.5
    2010-1605 yds/11tds/7ints/69.5%/94.9 (injured)
    2009-4483 yds/26tds/9ints/63.1%/97.6 rating
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    Cutler the last 4 years:
    2012-3033 yds/19tds/14ints/58.8%/81 rating
    2011-2319 yds/13tds/7ints/58%/85.7 rating
    (injured)
    2010-3274 yds/23tds/16ints/60.4%/86.3
    2009-3666 yds/27tds/26ints/60.5%/76.8

    As I stated there is no comparison, Romo destroys Cutler. Romo’s numbers shows he is one of the better QB’s in the league.
    —————————————————–
    How do I get thumbs down for stating actual facts. The numbers are the numbers, they don’t lie. Romo’s numbers put him right up there with Brees, Manning, Rodgers and Brady.

  65. I would have LOVED for Cowboys to see what happened if Romo played behind Chicago’s line and with those receivers and tight ends of the past few years.

    Oh wait, I’m a Bears fan. I really wouldn’t have, turns out.

  66. Romo is 100x a Franchise qb. I’m a cowboys fan and realistically he takes a lot of heat for the bad that happens to every other qb in the league. he’s criticized for every move he makes. get off his …. and let the man earn his pretty penny. he deserves the contract. Romo is def a top 10

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