TONY ROMO POTENTIAL TEAMS FOR COWBOYS QB
TONY ROMO POTENTIAL TEAMS FOR COWBOYS QB.With Tony Romo’s future with the Dallas Cowboys in doubt, ESPN.com’s Todd Archer reported Monday the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans are leading the race for the four-time Pro Bowler should he leave Dallas.
Archer also mentioned the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers as other potential landing spots.
Mike Klis of 9News.com later reported that the Broncos are Romo’s “preferred choice” and that general manager John Elway is ready to make a play for the quarterback.
According to Archer, the Cowboys prefer to trade Romo than release him outright, but Romo’s contract and his desire to personally select his next team are roadblocks to that plan.
Romo is signed for three more years with an average cap number of roughly $24.5 million annually. Should the Cowboys cut Romo, they’d be on the hook for $19.6 million in dead money, while saving $5.1 million, according to Over the Cap.
The Broncos and Texans both have a pressing need to improve at quarterback in 2017.
They ranked 23rd and 30th respectively in pass offense DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average), per Football Outsiders. Pro Football Focus graded Houston starting QB Brock Osweiler 32nd (40.5) among 34 qualified quarterbacks, while Trevor Siemian, Denver’s regular starter, sat 30th (44.4).
Signing or trading for Romo wouldn’t be guaranteed to remedy the problem, though.
He turns 37 in April, and he has appeared in five combined games between 2015 and 2016. A collarbone injury ended his 2015 campaign, while he suffered a back injury in preseason last August.
Peyton Manning had similar questions over his health when he signed with the Denver Broncos in 2012, and that move worked out for both parties. Manning, however, is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history—a standard Romo hasn’t met over his 13-year career.
Especially with a generally lackluster crop of passers on the free-agent market, acquiring Romo makes sense for a playoff contender but also carries significant risk.