What’s next for Tony Romo?

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With long-time Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo essentially crying “Uncle” regarding the job he’s held for more than a decade, the question becomes where Romo will continue his career in 2017.

It’s clear based on Romo’s statement that he won’t be retiring. Unless the Cowboys give him a full and fair chance to compete for the job in Dallas (even then, Romo may not want that), he’ll be released or traded in the offseason.

An informal poll of several coaches and decision-makers earlier this year yielded a projected range of trade value from absolutely nothing to a conditional pick that would go as high as a second-rounder. Although the question was asked when Romo wasn’t healthy, he has a habit of becoming not healthy on a regular basis.

Although his latest contract made it impossible for the Cowboys to cut or trade Romo, in 2017 the dead money would be $19.6 million. The cap charge for keeping him would be $24.7 million. Beyond the $5.1 million net cap savings, the Cowboys would avoid $14 million in cash by cutting or trading Romo.

The relatively low cost of keeping Romo (relative to the high end of the quarterback market) coupled with a bargain-basement, fourth-round slotted deal for Prescott that can’t be renegotiated until after the 2018 season could tempt the Cowboys to keep both, with Romo being a high-priced but high-value backup option. Still, Romo’s statement makes it clear that he wants to play.

Where will that happen? With non-guaranteed salaries of $14 million, $19.5 million, and $20.5 million over the next three years, teams will be interested. Romo specifically will be the most interested in a team with a great defense, a solid offensive line, and a competent running game. Intriguing options include the Jets, Texans (John McClain of the Houston Chronicle recently said on PFT Live that this would never happen), Broncos, Chiefs, Washington (if Kirk Cousins leaves via free agency), the Bears, and the Cardinals (if the team decides Carson Palmer is done).

83 responses to “What’s next for Tony Romo?

  1. I’m not sure where the next phase of Romo’s career will take him, all I know is that he is a Cowboy now and willing to mentor and back-up Dak. And wherever he goes next, I’ll be a fan and when the day comes that he sits at a press conference and announces his retirement, that’s going to be a difficult moment for me not to cry (and I don’t cry).

  2. I can’t see the Jets, but the Broncos might give an old injured QB a chance and with that D of theirs they are built to win now. Worked pretty well last time they tried it.

  3. i think it depends on the coaching changes. On paper romo would do well in ny and chicago. Teams like arizona and jacksonville have more questions than answers. You could put miami in that category as well. Maybe even san fransisco. But he has maybe 2 years left if his health is perfect. He will struggle no matter where. Hesca great qb but hes too old to start fresh and his time is up.

  4. Any team trading for him would have to feel they are either a QB away from at least a conference championship game and can keep him whole long enough to get there or have a need to market themselves either type would also need the cap space to take him on. Cap space alone would make it difficult for the Jets but should put Miami in the same spot as AZ. From a marketing standpoint you might want to consider adding the Rams to that list in the event Goff needs more ‘learning’ time.

  5. If the only options end up being a bad team with a bad Oline he should just retire and enjoy his millions.

  6. I never understood the hate for Romo.

    No matter what you think of the guy, he has been a very respectable QB for 10 years in the league and has been all class all the way.

    Biggest off the field stir I even recall was the Jessica Simpson dating era and that was relatively minor in terms of NFL scandals.

  7. Packers’ receivers this year:

    Jordy Nelson: Still not 100% after torn ACL
    Randall Cobb: Can’t get open with no Nelson of old to draw coverage
    Davante Adams: Admitted to not being prepared for games
    Ty Montgomery: Has to play RB with all the real RBs injured
    Geronimo Allison: Rookie who was put on the roster just a couple weeks ago
    Jared Cook: Can’t seem to catch the ball
    Jeff Janis: Can’t seem to learn routes
    Richard Rodgers: A blocking TE who they are trying to force to be Jimmy Graham
    Eddie Lacy: Injured
    James Starks: Injured

    But this mess is somehow Aaron Rodgers’s fault. LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. He showed incredible class in his presser! He made it very clear to all, he won’t be a distraction to the team. They are having an amazing season and he won’t say anything to split the locker room. This has to be unbelievably tough on him with the best team he’s been a part of. They drafted Zeke to balance the offense with a shiny new weapon. Dak isn’t the QB that Romo is, but they’re winning and he’s all in for the success of the team. Tough to watch but pure CLASS!

  9. Finish your career practicing for the Champions Tour.

    Get a world class golf tournament together for what ever ’cause’ that you believe in. So many people from all walks of life respect you. Don’t end up in a wheelchair chasing the dragon in football (that elusive high).

    I’m a Giants fan a fan of Sports in general first and foremost.
    One more injury and golf may not happen. One more injury ruined golf for me and that sucks. Retire now cause it’s really going to start hurting around age 45, don’t make it worse.

  10. If I had to guess his next place I’d say Denver would appeal to him at AFC not NFC. Chicago has a slim chance given that he played college ball in Illinois. But the team is terrible so that’s a long shot. Jets are terrible so that’s unlikely. AZ is possible if Palmer is considered done.

  11. Romo to Washington? Ugh, every Cowboys fan’s worst nightmare. It seems pretty unlikely, but so did McNabb to Washington. Of course, we all know how that turned out. Broncos would be his best option, but do they want to kick the tires on yet another aging star QB?

  12. Romo to the Bears as a 2-year bridge solution while their draft pick learns the ropes sounds good on paper, but I don’t see any reason he would want to finish his career with a team that best case might win 6 games next season. And as a team that is already among the 2 or 3 most injured in the league (12 players on IR as of today), I’m not sure the Bears brass would be on board with a guy with his medical record either.

  13. Denver seems like the obvious choice, but I’d say to watch out for Miami or Buffalo as well. Both teams with strong running games and good offensive lines. Not defenses like Denver, but with competent passing games they could be strong competitors in the AFC.

  14. My money is on Jacksonville.

    He doesn’t fit Chip Kelly’s system, Cody Kessler has the wheel in Cleveland, they just need a lead ball carrier and few lineman on both sides of the ball. No way he goes go to Chicago. Its a hot mess and at 36 he’s only got a few years left.

  15. LMAO at all the thumbs down I am getting. Tony will get traded to a very QB needy team (bottom feeder) and he will get injured which will force him into retirement. His best days are gone.

  16. I hope he doesn’t sign with Denver, with their defense and a quarterback that can utilize his offensive weapons…no Thank You!!
    -a Raiders Fan

  17. “he’ll be released or traded in the offseason.” This statement is just stupid. He isn’t going anywhere unless he gets hurt again in a backup role if Dak goes down. Jones has money to burn and the ROI trying to trade him is worthless.
    Q. – What would have happened if Romo had stayed healthy and the team was around .500.
    A – This story would have never been written and what Romo was getting paid wouldn’t matter.
    It still doesn’t.

  18. It would be in his best interests to retire now while he can still walk because he’s at real danger of not being able to. Especially if he plays on one of the handful of teams that show absolutely no regard for the safety and well-being of the players.

  19. We would love him in Miami. Fins have an Oline stacked with 4 former 1st rd picks and a super star in the making in the backfied with Ajai. Miami will be a serious contender in a year or two.

  20. Romo to Washington? Ugh, every Cowboys fan’s worst nightmare. It seems pretty unlikely, but so did McNabb to Washington. Of course, we all know how that turned out. Broncos would be his best option, but do they want to kick the tires on yet another aging star QB?

    Romo won’t be going to Wash. Too many Skins fan remember when we hired a washed up Dion Sanders. That deal set the skins back a couple years. Boy did he stink!!!!!!! Anyway, I doubt if Tony would play for the Skins for the same reason. Too much bad blood.

  21. Anyone who thinks he should play for the Broncos, needs to watch the Denver-Saints game,

    The Saints had a handful of sacks and twice as many hits on the QB, If the Saints can do that, what are the chances Romo would make it through a season?

    Slim and none

  22. If Denver’s defense is so good, they don’t need Romo. Seems like a waste of cap space and draft picks to me. Romo should just take a paycut and stay in Dallas as a backup. It’s the only way.

  23. Romo didn’t write that. He looked upset. Jerry jones told him he’s no longer the starter. It was Jerry’s decision not romos. Romo didn’t come out and say to Jerry “I think Dak should be the starter, he’s earned it. ” that letter was written by the Cowboys pr department to make romo look good. And alot of you guys bought it. Lmao. I can’t believe alot of you guys are that blind. It’s so easy to see.

  24. Please not my Redskins. I’d rather they go out and sign Jamarcus Russell to QB the team over seeing Romo wearing a Redskins uniform if Cousins goes to another team.

  25. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Nov 15, 2016 6:38 PM
    Packers’ receivers this year:

    Jordy Nelson: Still not 100% after torn ACL
    Randall Cobb: Can’t get open with no Nelson of old to draw coverage
    Davante Adams: Admitted to not being prepared for games
    Ty Montgomery: Has to play RB with all the real RBs injured
    Geronimo Allison: Rookie who was put on the roster just a couple weeks ago
    Jared Cook: Can’t seem to catch the ball
    Jeff Janis: Can’t seem to learn routes
    Richard Rodgers: A blocking TE who they are trying to force to be Jimmy Graham
    Eddie Lacy: Injured
    James Starks: Injured

    But this mess is somehow Aaron Rodgers’s fault. LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ——————————————-
    By your long list of excuses for Rodgers, it’s clear that Rodgers is no “future hall of famer”.

    If Rodgers were as good as you think, he would find a way to win.
    Clearly, he is not able to.

    Thank you.

  26. It doesn’t matter where Romo ends up going: he’ll get hurt and won’t be playing much anyway. He’s old, brittle, and injury-prone. Plus, and most importantly, he’s a choker who’s never won anything of consequence, even when he had the chance to do so. Why bother with him? If you’re a team that needs a QB, draft one and groom him. Romo is not your answer.

  27. Palmer retires. Big-armed Jay Cutler to Arizona for a later career renaissance and Super Bowl ring. Romo to Chicago for a while then IR.

  28. The problem with Romo is not his playing ability. The problem with Romo is that the man apparently is made of glass and gets hurt way too often for his salary. If he can’t PLAY, then he’s NOT worth the salary. Romo has shown an unfortunate inability to stay healthy.

    Romo will be cut by the Cowboys and will find himself either at a team that needs a QB and who are willing to take a chance that he can remain healthy or he will wind up playing third string behind younger QBs.

    This isn’t hating on Romo … this is a rational look at the FACT that he has an appalling ability to get injured and get knocked out of the season due to broken bones.

  29. I’d love to see Tony stay on in Dallas as a backup to Dak and retire a Cowboy. He’s taken enough lumps. Who knows? He could be called upon this year due to injury. Could win super bowl this year and call it a career.

  30. “Romo Should get HIS Job Back! He is Better than Dak”

    Doesn’t matter if he’s “better” (subjective) now. Romo is no longer the Cowboys’ future. Dak is. The future starts now!

  31. A Cowboy for life….and I’m also one of the few that thinks Romo is better than Dak and should start when ready

  32. So much time to go in this season. Dak looks great, but wouldn’t be the first young QB to look better than he is with a stellar run game. This could bt the next Bledsoe-Brady or the next RGIII. Relax on the predictions for now. Romo could be the starter again in three weeks.

  33. jerryyouradisgrace says:
    Nov 16, 2016 9:27 AM
    A Cowboy for life….and I’m also one of the few that thinks Romo is better than Dak and should start when ready
    ====================
    You are NOT alone in your thinking!! I am still grieving 😦 My hope is Dak will hit a rookie wall and Tony will lead us to a Lombardi, then go out on his own terms, just like Peyton did!! Why all the hate for Romo (this site) truly befuddles me? Look no further than JJ, the GM!! I love JJ as owner, marketer, & contributor, but 5 years to build this team, via McClay, Stephen, & JG, was too little, too late for Romo…Makes me SICK!!! I am truly enjoying the heck out of all the other q/bs who are struggling and all wonder why??
    They are just getting a taste of what Tony has had almost his entire career, but all he got was bashed….TEAM!!!

  34. NO! He did not cry “Uncle”…..He did what was best for the team, as he has always been a class act, contrary to “others” popular belief!
    Hopefully, we have not seen the last of Romo this season 😉

  35. I can’t see Denver being appealing to him. He gets injured behind one of the best offensive lines in the league in Dallas. I imagine running for his life every play would get old quick for him haha.

  36. the only team Romo would go to would be the Broncos…Romo is older but he has missed so much time over the years that his body is not as old as other QBs the same age

  37. I wouldn’t take anything less than a 1st round pick for Romo, or maybe a conditional 2nd (becomes a 1st if he leads team to SB) OR traded straight up for a stud defender.

    I think Broncos are the best fit and would be SB contenders with Romo for at least 2 seasons…

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