Tony Romo To The Denver Broncos Is More Likely Than You Think
According to their team record, it doesn't get any better in the NFL right now than the 8-1 Cowboys. Heading into Week 11, the leaders of the NFC East are perhaps the clearest favorite to make it to the Super Bowl. The NFC is god-awful and the Cowboys continue to gain confidence and momentum as the season rolls on.
In short, they look like the team that we've all thought they should be for years now. The only difference? The quarterback at the helm of the offense isn't exactly who we'd have expected.
After yet another impressive win on the road against the Steelers, it appears that Jerry Jones is ready to commit to Dak Prescott over the now-healthy Tony Romo; for this week at least. After their win on Sunday, the Cowboys owner clarified that Prescott would be the team's Week 12 starter, making Romo the backup quarterback on the active roster for just the second time in his career.
"Dak has got a hot hand, and we're going to go with it," said Jones.
“I think the longer [Prescott] plays like this, the more we have a chance to have another win. Everybody here wants to do only really one thing, is win. There’s nobody that would introduce any other issue or any other consideration other than do whatever it takes to win the game. So, today, to be able to come out of here with a win just obliterates any thought about any of the issues that you might have as to who’s out on the field.”
Now while it's clear that Jones isn't ready to hand Prescott the keys to Jerry World and abandon all notions of a Romo-led Super Bowl win, Romo may not be so patient. By all accounts the veteran quarterback has been as supportive of Prescott as anyone could be, and it's common knowledge that he's a team guy through and through. Still, that doesn't mean that he's ready to spend the twilight of his prolific career riding the bench as Prescott's personal quarterback coach/cheerleader; as much as Jerry Jones would love that.
So that leaves us to mull over a few very realistic 2017 landing spots for the 36-year-old Romo. Multiple teams have been thrown out as contenders to vie for Romo if he does land on the market, including but not limited to: the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.
Obviously some of those teams are more attractive destinations than others. While the Browns desperately need a quarterback and have shown an unsettling willingness to start as many players as possible in search of an answer, Romo's more likely to take a job as Jerry Jones' personal butler than as quarterback for the Browns
Then there are the Jaguars and the Cardinals, who absolutely should move on from their respective quarterbacks but have been incredibly slow to react to their deteriorating situations at the position. Blake Bortles' once looked promising but has seemingly regressed this season, wasting an abundance of talent in his receiving corp.
Then there's Carson Palmer, who has always been and always will be a poor man's Peyton Manning. Where Manning audibled to trick plays and read opposing defenses with precision, Palmer just wings it. And where Manning threw mere interceptions, Palmer throws pick-sixes. It's a real joy to watch him continue to blow it year in and year out.
That brings us to the Bears, who are widely expected to move on from Jay Cutler at the end of this season. Cutler was made the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL when he signed a 7-year, $126,700,000 contract in 2014; a deal that has been dubbed one of the worst QB contracts in the history of the NFL. Now there's a team that you can trust to make the right decisions with their personnel! Yeesh. If I'm Romo, I take a hard pass.
Now we're left with the Jets, Vikings and Broncos. The Jets are the most likely of those three teams to go after Romo. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a band-aid at best to begin with, and while they do have Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty collecting dust at the bottom of the depth chart, Woody Johnson has proven that he doesn't really care about making big moves that completely negate his draft picks. The only problem is that what they lack in offense is not really being made up for on the other side of the ball. The Jets defense is allowing a dismal 24.4 points per game and is 13th in the league in yards allowed per game.
Alternatively, both the Broncos and the Vikings have elite defenses that should be very attractive to an aging but still talented quarterback like Romo. It's obvious now that their league-leading defense propped up Sam Bradford for the start of the season, helping him to fool far too many people into thinking that he might actually be good! (He's not.) And it's patently obvious that Teddy Bridgewater just isn't the answer. For a team that has been on the verge for years now, Romo could and should be an incredibly attractive opportunity.
But it's Romo to the Broncos that is the most terrifying and thrilling proposition of all. Sure, they have Paxton Lynch waiting in the wings and Trevor Siemian has been just one notch above serviceable, but if you think that John Elway won't sign off on bringing in Romo just for that reason then you are dead wrong. If the Broncos had even an above-average quarterback this season they would be the clear favorite in the AFC, and they have proven across the years that they are not shy about making moves at the QB spot. Remember Tim Tebow?
Peyton Manning was 36-years-old and coming off missing an entire season when he went to the Broncos. They got two Super Bowl appearances and one ring out of the deal. Just keep that in mind when you start trying to convince yourself that the Broncos wouldn't waste their time going all in on Romo.
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