The battle between Dak Prescott and Tony Romo for the reins of the Dallas offense is finally over, and Prescott emerged victorious. With a $24 million cap hit towards next season, the Cowboys will now focus on trading Tony Romo to a team in need of a good quarterback.
Romo is 36, so his years left in the league are limited. Still, he’s talented and experienced and there are plenty of teams with quarterbacks much worse than Romo that may be willing to bite. But not everyone thinks he’s cut out for the league anymore. Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann in particular has no faith in Romo, and offered a brutally frank assessment of the Dallas star on Bleacher Report Radio:
“Let’s put this Tony Romo stuff to bed, OK?” Theismann told Bleacher Report Radio. “The man’s had three back surgeries, he has a collar bone that’s been broken twice, he’s 36 years old, he plays behind – the last couple years he played behind probably the best offensive line in football [and] hasn’t finished a season in the last five.
“Any general manager that would make a deal for Tony Romo shouldn’t keep their job as general manager. It’s a bad business decision plus what offensive line is going to be the same one he has in Dallas? I think Tony Romo stays a Dallas Cowboy. He’s got a $24 million cap, you negotiate that down to a number that’s palatable for the team. If Dak gets hurt, he goes and plays, and you put incentives in if he does play. To me, Tony Romo’s got to be a Dallas Cowboy to the end of his career.”
That’s gotta sting. His assessment of Romo is factual, and certainly many will agree with him. His proposed solution is unrealistic though, as Tony Romo will likely be unwilling to re-negotiate his contract for a reduced rate just so he can ride the bench. The Cowboys will mostly likely need to trade him or take a huge cap hit for a bench player.