“No guarantee” Broncos will pursue Tony Romo if released

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As the dance between the Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo continues, one of his potential destinations is making a few moves as well.

James Palmer of NFL Media reports that there’s “no guarantee” the Broncos will pursue Romo even if he’s released. The obvious import of the leak is clear; the Broncos want the Cowboys to understand that they won’t be trading for Romo under any circumstances.

And so the Cowboys, Romo, the Broncos, and the Texans continue to wait for something to happen. Or for nothing to happen.

There’s no immediate deadline. The Cowboys need to resolve the situation as a practical matter before the start of the offseason program in April, because a season-ending injury suffered by Romo during the lifting and conditioning sessions would put the Cowboys on the hook for the full $14 million he’s due to make this year.

Unless and until Romo decides to take the matter public (he likely won’t), don’t be surprised if the Cowboys slam the brakes on this one until the league meetings later this month, hopeful that the annual collection of all coaches, General Managers, and owners will result in either the Texans or the Broncos (or someone else) blinking.

46 responses to ““No guarantee” Broncos will pursue Tony Romo if released

  1. They could also be applying pressure to Jerrah through Tony by making this declaration that the longer it drags on, Romo’s future salary as time goes on, might be compromised.

  2. Dallas should just keep him…a new backup is going to take a good portion of the 5million saved and won’t be as capable.

    A good trade for denver- trevor siemian and a 5th this year…doesn’t seem like much for a player that can get you to the superbowl.

    coming out this hard against trading anything for him will force Jerry to keep him or start looking at other teams like JAX.

  3. We all know it’s the Broncos or Texans. Why is it so hard for Jerry jones and the writers of PFT to see this? Romo isn’t going to go to Cleveland or the Jets and jerruh won’t trade him to one of those teams. Cmon Botox & whiskey, do your boy Romo a solid and just release him already.

  4. “In other words Jerry, we’re going to pretend like we are not that interested so that you get it through your thick skull that we’re not going to trade for him. The Texans might be stupid enough but not us.”.

  5. Honestly, as much as I like Romo, the money is better spent elsewhere. Denver needs OT, DT, and MLB/ILB in that order. They shored up the interior of the line and will likely take players at those respective positions in the draft, but they have a lesser need at HB as well. One or more than one of these positions will likely have to be addressed in the remaining period of free agency.

    The defense is good through the air, good at rushing the edge, but the run defense is atrocious and the lack of production at MLB relative to the last two years doesn’t make the lack of a solid starting DT any less obvious. Those are the positions of most need, along with the visible need at OT. There’s no point in bringing in Romo at all if he will not be protected.

  6. Who cares. Broncos should rule themselves out and make Jones look like the a$$ he is. Broncos have two great young QBs, one of them will flourish.

  7. Irsay didn’t do this to Manning and Romo is no Manning. Jones is showing how unprofessional and untrustworthy he is.

  8. The import of the leak is to prepare their fans for the fact that he’s going to the Texans.

  9. I think he wants to keep his family in DFW and play in Houston. With his money he can fly home in less than an hour.

  10. You always trot out the possibility of a season ending injury during lifting. How many times has that happened? While possible, it sounds unlikely to be season ending. Support your point with some stats.

  11. Broncos screwed Texans by getting Kubiak as head coach and winning Super Bowl, getting Peyton when Texans were thinking about signing him and of course the Osweiller debacle which has proven to be priceless. Broncos will go after Romo and probably land him if for no other reason it’s so much fun to fist the Texans.

  12. Stat: In 2006, the Ravens kept Steve McNair out of the building during offseason workouts so he wouldn’t get injured and put them on the hook for his salary and cap number. Grievance resulted in a ruling forcing teams to let players in.

  13. wolfman55h says:
    Mar 11, 2017 7:41 AM
    Broncos screwed Texans by getting Kubiak as head coach and winning Super Bowl, getting Peyton when Texans were thinking about signing him and of course the Osweiller debacle which has proven to be priceless. Broncos will go after Romo and probably land him if for no other reason it’s so much fun to fist the Texans.
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    This post is hilarious! I love Kub’s but his leaving the Texans was a blessing and remember, it was Texan’s coach Kubiak who passed on Manning. Elway offered Brock $64M before the Texans upped the ante, both bad moves. There’s no Texans/Broncos rivalry but maybe there will be if the Broncos ever get back to the playoffs.

  14. 12brichandfamous

    You always trot out the possibility of a season ending injury during lifting. How many times has that happened? While possible, it sounds unlikely to be season ending. Support your point with some stats.
    ——
    Well no stats here, just a story. The GIANTS OL problems began in 2015 when Will Beatty had a season-ending injury lifting in the weight room. Tore his pecs or something. It actually turned out to be CAREER ending as he basically never played again except for two or three snaps again as an extra blocker in the Jumbo package last year.

  15. If they are smart, they will keep him around in case there is an injury to Prescott and in case he has a bad season. They have a team that can contend for the SB. They came close to going a couple of years back when Romo was healthy. $14 million is a lot of money but the SB is worth more.

  16. Only 14 million? I thought he was making over $20 million. Backup QB like Brian Hoyer signed a $6 million per year contract with the Niners. Recent woes with the QB position when Romo got hurt got to make them think twice of going with only 1 qb.

  17. How pathetic is it that Jerry Jones would reneg on his word to release Romo for a 6th or 7th scrub that prob wouldn’t even make the final 53 roster. Nobody is going to offer more than a 6th or 7th pick for a 37yld injury prone QB.

  18. So jerry jones. Screwing over a 14 year warrior over the sake of a 6th rd pick.

    #freeromo

  19. johnniemayes says:
    Mar 11, 2017 5:54 AM
    Who cares. Broncos should rule themselves out and make Jones look like the a$$ he is. Broncos have two great young QBs, one of them will flourish.
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    You must be referring to retired qb’s from the heehaw past because you have two CURRENT qb’s on the roster. One is a 3rd string backup and the other is a 2nd stringer…

    that said, I really do hope you get Romo.
    Bosa can pad his stats twice a year.

  20. Romo to NE to back up Brady after they trade Garoppolo to the Browns for a first round pick.

    It’s perfect for Romo. He gets to safely ride the bench while picking up the Super Bowl ring that always eluded him in Dallas.

  21. Elway won’t admit it, but it already seems like Paxton Lynch is a bust. These Romo to Broncos rumors wouldn’t exist, if he had confidence in Lynch. All you had to do was watch his last game at Memphis, which was his bowl game and you could tell he wasn’t an NFL qb. Lynch is the next Cutler or Jeff George — big arm talent, but no clue how to play the position. Elway is not a great talent evaluator.

  22. exinsidetrader says:

    Can’t trade for Romo without putting him through a work-out. The guy has not played a game for over a year. For that reason, a trade will not happen.
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    I could have sworn I saw him in the last game against Philly. In one series he took the team down and scored a TD. In two series Prescott got a FG.

  23. Romo is as fragile as a piece of bone china in your grandma’s china cabinet.

    Whoever gets him needs to make sure they pay Lloyd’s of London their insurance premium payments on time.

  24. For any of you who thinks Tony does not know what is going on right now, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you!!!
    I pray he goes to the Texans, and they will have a new fan!!!

  25. “Loyalty…Jerry Style!”

    Billionaires have no loyalty to anything or anyone but their bank accounts.

  26. harrisonhits2 says:
    “Loyalty…Jerry Style!” Billionaires have no loyalty to anything or anyone but their bank accounts.
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    If Tony Romo were a free agent and left Dallas for more money elsewhere you wouldn’t accuse him of being disloyal. He’d just be looking out for himself and is family.
    The NFL is a business. Owners look out for their best interests, and players look out for theirs. It just depends on which side has leverage at a given moment. Right now Jerry Jones has that leverage.
    Tony Romo has collected millions sitting injured on the sidelines for most of the last few seasons. He’s still under contract to the Cowboys. Jones owes him nothing but money.
    If Jones wishes to do Romo a solid and release him that’s great. I still believe that will happen. But if decides it’s in his best interests to keep him then that’s a business decision. Loyalty, from either side, is a total non-issue here.

  27. You all do remember that Romo has never won a Super Bowl, right? He’s won 2 playoff games in his entire career. Add his fragility and age to the mix. I sure as heck wouldn’t bet the farm on him lasting an entire game, let alone a season. He’s got impressive stats, sure. But he couldn’t win the big games when he was younger. Why would you take a risk that he can now, after collarbone and back injuries, unless you got him for free? One big hit and there goes your season. Why doesn’t Dallas release him? Jerry is being greedy, as usual. While I despise Jones, I don’t think anyone should be whining about the lack of loyalty being shown to Romo by Dallas. It’s a game, a business. If he’d won 3 or 4 Super Bowls, maybe it might be different, but even then, nobody owes him anything. He was paid enough money that he needn’t do anything for the rest of his life. Didn’t Favre, Montana, and Emmitt Smith play out their careers elsewhere? Loyalty is only relevant when it comes to your dog and your mate. Romo should retire. He’s one injury away from it anyway. But, hey, if you guys want him, good luck. I’m not sure why you think he’ll take you to the SB, but we can all dream, right?

  28. “Broncos screwed Texans by getting Kubiak as head coach and winning Super Bowl, getting Peyton when Texans were thinking about signing him and of course the Osweiller debacle which has proven to be priceless. Broncos will go after Romo and probably land him if for no other reason it’s so much fun to fist the Texans.”

    No, the Texans screwed themselves in all of these cases. Although, Kubiak and his gang had to go – no way the Texans could keep them. I’d surmise most Texans fans have no regrets about letting Kubiak go, and I suspect most were pretty happy for him to win a Superbowl. He’s a good guy, but it was no longer working for him in Houston.

    And as another comment pointed out, the Broncos didn’t win any competition for Manning – the Texans just weren’t interested.

  29. Another reason Romo should stay in Dallas is Dak could take a step back this season, sophmoritis.. Its happened before and there is no player in the NFL more prepared to take over if it does. Dallas is in win-now mode and if Dak slips or pulls a hammy or worse – and needs to miss some time, they won’t miss a beat. Jerruh could easily pay Romo $7M a year for the next 2 years as the backup with playing incentives if he does play. Tony would be crazy not to take that and stay where he started and have his best shot to hold up a trophy. And then ride off into the sunset as a Fox TV analyst.

  30. So much jealousy for the Denver Broncos. Man, that is so far out and Rocky Mountain High. All of ya, come fly with us! There is no ceiling except the sun.

  31. What the hell is the difference? Have you been paying attention to the Patriots for the past week? Just give them the Lombardi trophy now. Everyone else is just playing for second place.

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