One of the biggest questions during the upcoming NFL off-season will be: Where the heck does Tony Romo end up?
The veteran Dallas Cowboys quarterback was usurped by the young rookie Dak Prescott in 2016, as the emerging star helped lead the team to their best season in a while. It seems inevitable that the Cowboys will carry on with Prescott as their starter, since he’s still just 23 compared to the 36-year-old Romo.
There is, of course, still the issue of Romo’s contract. He’s owed $14 million next season, and $19.5 million and $20.5 million in 2018 and 2019, respectively. That’s a ton of money to pay a backup quarterback, so the logical assumption is that Dallas will figure out a way to move Romo to a team where he can be a starter again. One of the most obvious fits is with the Denver Broncos, who have a great defense that enables them to contend, but struggle on offense under young QB Trevor Siemian.
However, a report from Mark Klis of 9News says that the Broncos aren’t willing to trade for Romo and his hefty contract. But if Romo and Dallas can come to terms on a contract buyout (or the Cowboys just release him outright), then the Broncos would be willing to negotiate on a new free agent deal.
Signing Romo would be a risk for any team, as he only played in four games in 2015 due to a broken collarbone and barely saw the field at all in 2016 after fracturing a vertebrae in the preseason. Although he was healthy enough to play near the end of the season, Prescott’s continued strong performances kept Romo firmly seated on the bench.
The 2017 NFL season doesn’t officially open until March 9, more than a month after Super Bowl LI.