The Tony Romo trade rumors just won’t die down, in fact, they are only getting stronger and most likely will continue to do so from here on out. While the NFL trade deadline has already passed, it is seemingly just a matter of time before Romo is wearing a different team’s jersey.
The only question is when and where will Romo land?
According to a Sporting News report on November 20, the latest Tony Romo trade rumors have the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals standing out as the top spots in which Romo may end up. While both teams are ready to make a run at a championship now, it seems like Denver would be the more logical fit for Romo.
NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport has reported that Romo would possibly favor heading to the Broncos as a first choice but other trade options could include the Cardinals, Bears or Jets.
“Romo, I’m told, already has eyes on the Broncos as a possible destination if general manager John Elway decides Paxton Lynch needs another year and that Trevor Siemian isn’t the guy,” Rapoport reported Sunday morning. “Other options, depending on a variety of factors, include the Bears, Jets, Cardinals and Bills.”
The defending champion Broncos have two very young quarterbacks in Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian, which has to make GM John Elway a bit trigger happy to try to pull off a “Peyton Manning part II” type trade.
Denver is having another great season. They once again have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and at 7-3, they are in the thick of the AFC West division race. The only question mark they have is at quarterback.
The inexperience of Lynch and Siemian will put a lot of pressure on the Denver defense if they make the post-season, and it is exactly why Elway should make a push to bring Romo into the fold. These two youngsters could learn from a veteran like Romo, and the odds of the Broncos returning to another Super Bowl would increase as well.
Now, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is once again indicating he has no intention of trading Romo, but the fact is, they’re not going to keep the 36-year-old quarterback in a backup role that makes a ton more money than the starter.
Romo has a base salary of $8.5 million but has a salary-cap number that is top among Cowboys players at $20.835 million. In other words, Dallas could save a lot of money by trading Romo before the next season begins. Even though it makes no fiscal sense for Dallas to keep Romo, Jones insists he has no intention of dealing him away – although he wouldn’t rule it out 100 percent.
“You don’t rule that out obviously. That would be madness,” Jones said. “As I said, if you ruled that out, then why would you even have a real commitment to a backup quarterback? Think about that a minute. You’re going to do it, and you’re going to have a team that is getting better, feeling better about itself, it’s gaining really confidence in being able to handle adversity, handle it on the road, wherever.”
Jerry Jones would make a terrible poker player, that’s for sure.
Romo still has the desire for being a starter in the NFL and knowing his competitive fire, he is probably ready to leave the Cowboys as soon as possible. However, Romo may stay in Big D if he chooses to retire, or he is offered a front office or coaching job, but that may be a stretch for a guy who wants to prove to the fans and himself that he has a lot left in the tank.
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