The Cleveland Browns have been searching for an answer at the quarterback position for quite a few years now. They have gone through countless options in their search for the franchise quarterback that NFL teams need nowadays to become serious Super Bowl contenders.
Robert Griffin III was signed by the Browns this past offseason to be the future at quarterback but went down with a serious injury in the first game of the season. Josh McCown looked good in his Week 2 start but quickly went down with an injury himself. Now, the Browns have turned to rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, who likely doesn’t have what it takes to be the long-term starter.
Looking around the NFL at trade options, there is one star quarterback that could make perfect sense for the Browns to target.
Tony Romo has been the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback for years, but his future with the franchise is cloudy. After the first three games this season, Dak Prescott may have won the starting job for the rest of the season. That could open the Cowboys up to listening to trade offers for Romo.
If the Browns are smart, they will hop on the phone immediately and try to trade for Romo. He may be 36 years old, but he would give Cleveland a few years of above average quarterback play.
Two years ago, when Romo was fully healthy, he completed 69.9 percent of his pass attempts for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He was expected to have a huge bounceback season this year before going down with a back injury in preseason play. Romo still has plenty of football left in the tank when he comes back from his injury.
Cleveland has to feel good about the direction that their franchise is headed outside of the quarterback position.
They have done a lot of work on the defensive side of the football with their recent draft schemes. It has become obvious that the Browns’ defense is at the point where they could be playoff contenders with a serviceable offense. Cleveland has also put a lot of talent around the quarterback position on the offensive side of the football.
Josh Gordon will return from suspension in Week 5, while rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman has also made an impact. Coleman will miss the next few weeks due to a broken hand, but has an incredibly bright future. Terrelle Pryor has also proven himself to be a very solid all-around wide receiver.
Isaiah Crowell might not be a household name at the running back position, but he deserves more credit than he has been getting. Through the first three games this season, Crowell has carried the football 45 times for 274 yards and two touchdowns. That kind of production is more than enough to take pressure off of the quarterback.
Needless to say, the Browns are an up-and-coming team that needs leadership, which is another area that Romo could help.
Acquiring Romo from the Cowboys wouldn’t be cheap. Cleveland would likely have to be willing to part with a first or second round pick in order to make the deal happen. Even though it would be a steep price, the Browns should do everything in their power to convince Jerry Jones to pull the trigger.
Very rarely does a quarterback with the resume that Romo has become available on the trade market. He might not even be available now, despite the way that Prescott has played in his absence. That being said, an aggressive trade offer from the Browns could force Jones to consider dealing his veteran quarterback.
Cleveland owes it to their fans to do everything in their power to build a championship contender. Romo would be a huge step in the right direction.
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