What’s next for Tony Romo?

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The Cowboys tried to finagle a trade for quarterback Tony Romo, via a string of coy and at times inconsistent comments and leaks from the team (recently, they got at least one media member to go with the idea that they’re in no hurry to resolve the situation). Ultimately, a trade didn’t work out, and the Cowboys did what they should have done all along, given the unique circumstances of the case.

The circumstances of the case remain unique as Romo becomes a free agent for the first time since he signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent nearly 14 years ago. He had been due to make $14 million this year, but any team that signs him will want protections against Romo getting injured again. And Tony is sufficiently reasonable to recognize the fairness of that approach.

The Broncos and Texans have emerged as the primary destinations, in the estimation of the media. Romo, per a source with knowledge of the situation, will weigh all options. And that could (key word “could”) include some teams that have yet to be publicly identified.

It has been believed that Romo would agree to avoid certain of those options in exchange for the team’s decision to cut him loose early in the league year. Under the designation of the transaction, the Cowboys will realize no benefit from cutting Romo until June 1. They could have dragged this out at least until the start of the offseason program, if they had wanted to continue to try to leverage a trade.

The Texans have not yet said anything about wanting, or not wanting, Romo. After he conceded the starting job to Dak Prescott during a November press conference, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said on PFT Live that the Texans would not pursue Romo. If they do, they’ll have to navigate the second year of Brock Osweiler’s contract, which pays out $16 million this year.

The Broncos gradually have emerged as a viable destination for Romo, but they’ll surely want to proceed on their own terms. They drove a hard bargain last year with Colin Kaepernick, and ultimately didn’t sign him. This year, the dilemma arises from the desire to win now with Romo versus the importance of building for the future with Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian.

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

  1. perfect world, Siemian gets traded for something worthwhile and they sign Romo

    Gives them the best chance to win now, and if Romo gets hurt then Paxton gets experience

  2. Here’s to hoping Tony leaves the league with no more career playoff wins than he has right now…
    2!!!! hahahaha
    What is all the hubbub with this guy? perennial, average, mediocre, qb

  3. DEN and HOU are legitimate options although I’d learn towards HOU personally.

  4. The Texans should be kicking his door down and with a much easier path to the playoffs than Denver’s Romo should be more than willing to listen. Houston can get around the Osweiler contract burden pretty easily by offering bonuses and incentives that move the bulk of any Romo contract hit forward beyond this season after which Osweler’s dead cap hit would drop to $6 million.

  5. Houston has no chance at winning anything. Denver has more wins than any team in the NFL since 1983. They are winners. It’s so easy of a decision. Everyone wants to play for a winner.

  6. I think the Cowboys are making a mistake. Their O-Line is too legit to quit, but if they have any injuries and have to bring in reserves, they don’t know how Prescott will respond. Any QB would have had the year Prescott did last year. At least with Romo, you know he can manage a game behind a weaker O-Line.

  7. Come to NE and be Tom’s back up when BB trades Jimmy G. for a butt load of picks and the Pats dominate the league again. At least you’ll get a ring out of it.

  8. A pick for Siemens How many times do I have to tell you Bronco fans Siemens blows? You think you would have learned after watching play? No pick for you.

  9. As a Houston Texans fan and season ticket holder, (One whose ticket prices went up again 6.75% this coming year) they ABSOLUTELY need to go all in with Romo.

    Then, draft Oline in 1st rd. 2nd rd draft Nathan Peterman out of Pitt and you now have your future QB solved.

    Win now, and also planning for future!

    Make it happen! This could be why they didn’t franchise A.J Bouye, leave more cap room. LET’S GO!

  10. I hope some surprise team enters into this. Otherwise it looks like it will be the Broncos 🙁 Personally I think they should see what they have with Siemian.

  11. Houston is by far the best possible situation for Romo. He’s got weapons, stellar D, and nearly 3/4 of the season played indoors…they can move money around to make it happen, and dump Osweiler after the season…

  12. How long would an oft-injured aging QB with half of a back and collarbone last behind Denver’s sad line? Remember, he got his back injured in PRESEASON behind the best line in the NFL!
    I say the o/u line is 8 games and I got the under! Mack has to be drooling thinking of this tasty matchup next year..

  13. I wonder what type of Coach Romo will want to play for.
    It seems as if in Dallas because he was so close to Jerry Jones that
    Romo had sort of a country club existence. I have no real knowledge but just based on what one reads. It is also based upon both Wade
    Phillips and Jason Garretts style. They don’t seem to be coaches that get in a players face like a Parcells. Although Romo played under Parcells it was in his formative years.
    I’m betting he goes to Denver where he can have a similar relationship
    with the front office and Elway….much like his relationship with Jerry

  14. The problem with Houston is that Jerry Jones would not release Romo if he was going to go to Houston. Jerry knows where he is going and I guarantee you it is not Houston

  15. if cowboys had a defense during his time with the team they win 3-4 SB’s easily. Guy is a gamer…………..

    We will have upwards of 20m to play with in FA/draft so go get Kenny britt, josh mccown, Calais Campbell and 1 pass rusher. then draft well including defense and we are set for a consistent run.

    I predict 4 SB’s over the next 8 years.


  16. .

    It’s funny cuz everyone declares RB’s do good in Dallas cuz of that OLINE! OMG!

    Can’t want to see Romo behind an “inferior” Oline lol.
    Sanchize/2 +fractures

  17. Why exactly would Denver be attractive to Romo? Bad oline in a division with Mack, Bosa, Houston, a defense that can’t stop the run, pass rush that will take a step back if Dware walks, unproven head coach, unproven defensive coordinator. If Romo is smart he will stay away from Denver. They are trending in the wrong direction.

  18. Chiefs would be the ideal spot. Good O-Line. Great D. And a coach who has dealt with gunslingers in the past.

  19. “if cowboys had a defense during his time with the team they win 3-4 SB’s easily. Guy is a gamer…………..”

    You mean like in ’07, ’08 and ’09 when they had top-10 overall defenses?

    Even Eli Manning can take the 27th ranked defense to a SB win, Romo can’t even make it to an NFC championship game.

  20. Probably whoever offers the most cash gets him. Its his last deal and he’s an injury away from hanging them up. He’ll cash in if he’s smart.

  21. I get that he’s an inury risk, but is he in any worse health than Manning was? He doesn’t have a noodle arm either.

  22. thebillscouldeventuallymove says:
    Mar 8, 2017 3:06 PM
    ebbycalvinlaloosh says:
    Mar 8, 2017 2:56 PM
    A Super Bowl ring in orange and blue.

    Broncos run is over. Funny how they can’t compete when other teams in the division are relevant

    The patriots would never know what it’s like to have division opponents be relevant. But when the broncos won it all they beat them twice which is more than anyone in that division has done in a decade.

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