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The veteran QB is still technically a member of the Dallas Cowboys, but those days are all but numbered at this point.
The 14-year vet still has something left in the tank and with the Dak Prescott-era already started in Dallas, it’s time for this Cowboy to move on to greener pastures.
Romo may be somewhat of an injury risk at this point in his career and will only be a rental for a team just a QB away from contention, but he’s still one of the top players at his position. And one that’s more than capable of leading his squad to a Super Bowl.
There aren’t too many times that a top tier QB becomes available like Romo is this year. And with that comes plenty of potential landing spots for the four-time Pro Bowler. The list gets much shorter, though, when you consider the few possible teams that are just a QB away from serious contention.
Here are a few that make the most sense in this Romo Roulette.
The Texans are probably the top one or two teams that make the most sense in the Romo sweepstakes. Right now they appear to be completely set at almost every level on both offense and defense, aside from one glaring $72 million hole at QB. That hole, aka Brock Osweiler, was one of the worst in the league last year yet they still managed to win the division, make the playoffs, and make it to the second round.
Romo would join a young and exciting offense with playmakers like DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller, and would be backed up by a defense consisting of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, and company — possibly the best defense he’d every play with. Romo is looking for a team on the cusp of contention, and Houston is one of the teams closest to that.
If the Texans are number one, the Broncos are number two on the list. Denver, like Houston, has a top flight defense with stars like Von Miller and Aqib Talib throughout and an offense full of playmakers that could make Romo’s life very easy. The Broncos have experience with rental QBs too, and that seemed to work out quite well for them.
Of course, they do have an existing QB competition between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch that could complicate things, and as of now they seem adamant on sticking with one of the two in 2017. Things change, though. If Romo expresses enough interest, John Elway might want to put the pen to paper and make the deal happen for another run at the Lombardi Trophy.
After the Texans and Broncos, the possibilities get slightly murkier. But the Buffalo Bills are one darkhorse team that could persuade Romo to take his services north. Buffalo has a solid roster already in place on both sides of the ball and with a new coach who’s not so flamboyant in Sean McDermott, things should settle down. With a back like LeSean McCoy, Romo would have the ultimate utility tool in his arsenal. And if Sammy Watkins can come back healthy, there’s just one more to add to the equation.
The Bills are still dealing with their Tyrod Taylor, a decision which could knock them from the QB-needy teams. This Buffalo team isn’t nearly as loaded as the few other options, which could make Romo’s quest for a ring a little tougher up in the northern cold. It’s not entirely out of the picture though, and if the money is right and the team brings in some quality help, the Bills could have themselves a high-quality QB back behind center.
If there’s one team that could come out of left field and jump into the fray for Romo, the Minnesota Vikings are that team. After Teddy Bridgewater went down just before the season began last year, they essentially went all in on Sam Bradford. But what if they doubled down and somehow landed Romo? Now that would be a real all in move.
The Vikings still need to fix their offensive line issues and decide what to do at running back, but this defense is as legit as they come. If the Vikings resolve said issues, Romo would have to at least consider this an option. Moving on from Bradford after giving up a first round pick might not make much sense, but there’s no denying that Romo would be a better option. With this roster so close, it would be a tough opportunity for Romo to pass up.