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09 Feb 2017

ESPN: Which Teams Should Go After Romo?

Which teams should be in the market for Tony Romo's services?

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 09 Feb 2017

8 comments, Last at 19 Feb 2017, 10:22am by Mr Shush


by t.d. :: Fri, 02/10/2017 - 9:42am

Either Houston or Jacksonville would become instant legit contenders to win the AFC with Romo, assuming he's the same guy he was in 2014 (Jax would have to draft linemen, of course). Denver or Kansas City would become the favorite to win the conference if they got him. Looks like Brees is going to be available in a year, too- sorta feels like Brett Favre amd Peyton were the precursors of a trend, given the effects of quarterback salary and the cap

by BDC :: Fri, 02/10/2017 - 2:53pm

"Either Houston or Jacksonville would become instant legit contenders to win the AFC with Romo, assuming he's the same guy he was in 2014..."

The guy will be 37 years old when the season starts, was seriously injured, and has played in what, 4 games in the past two seasons? Regardless of anything else, I think the *one* thing we can be completely sure of is that 2017 Romo will not be the same guy as 2014 Romo.

by doktarr :: Mon, 02/13/2017 - 2:38pm

I think the one thing we can be completely sure of is that we don't have any good idea what the 2017 Romo will be. I would not be shocked if he has a season or two left at or near his 2014 form.

After a year out of the league with an injury that put his career in doubt, a 36 year-old Manning was never quite the same physically, but was close enough to produce two and a half quality seasons (including the record-breaking one) before he broke down physically for good. (And then kept playing despite that for another year and a half.)

People think of Romo as hopelessly injury-riddled, and he's certainly had his issues, but before missing most of 2015 he had played 15 games or more four years in a row. I don't want to put too much stock in his one drive of 2016, but he looked reasonably sharp.

by ClavisRa :: Sat, 02/11/2017 - 1:14am

Any team wanting to develop a QB of the future, but ready to win with a QB of the now. And one that can protect Romo from reinjury. Texans would be perfect.

by Theo :: Sun, 02/12/2017 - 6:05pm

And it will be a disaster.

by Sifter :: Mon, 02/13/2017 - 7:06am

Houston would be a chance, but depends how much wiggle room they have with Osweiler's contract.
Denver is the obvious one to me. Poor offense which needs help, paired with the top defense in the league. They hardly are spending anything at QB right now, and have a couple of young guys that need a veteran to show them how to play.

by commissionerleaf :: Tue, 02/14/2017 - 8:07pm

Houston is presumably out because they can't afford him without utterly breaking their cap. Jacksonville and Cleveland are sensible landing spots, but would presume that 2017 Tony Romo has been lobotomized and does not recall anything about the past ten years of Cleveland and Jacksonville football.

The location that makes the most sense is Denver, which would go from playoff team to Super Bowl favorite if they had an(other) aging rental QB to run the offense at a high level. However, they seem devoted to their long term plan of letting their defense slowly wither on the vine while they develop a young quarterback.

San Francisco may have fallen apart but it wasn't that long ago that members of their offensive line and receiving corps were well regarded. It would be better than Cleveland.

The Jets make sense, too, as a not-Cleveland or Jacksonville team in need of a quarterback.

by Mr Shush :: Sun, 02/19/2017 - 10:22am

As things stand, it looks like the Texans have about $21.5m of cap space going into next season. Obviously there are other things they'd like to do with that money (extend Hopkins, resign Bouye, etc.) but it doesn't seem inherently impossible for them to pursue Romo. They could also potentially free up another $12m by cutting Cushing and Joseph, who are both still good players, but probably entering the decline phase of their careers in which they're apt to be overpaid.