After much debate over which quarterback to start, the Cowboys have finally made a decision. Tony Romo will be playing back up to Dak Prescott, who has led the team to a tremendous season in the veteran’s absence.
While reports insist that Romo is fine with the back up roll, let’s be realistic. Tony Romo is a good quarterback who could easily walk into the starting job in at least half the teams in the league. Other teams are certainly aware of this, and ESPN is predicting that Romo will be playing for a different team at the start of next season. ESPN’s Marc Stein has laid out the three most realistic options:
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Of these teams, the Broncos are the most logical choice. At 36 years old, Romo doesn’t have time to go rebuild a bad team. The Jets are bad and don’t have cap space right now to woo a player like Romo. The Bears similarly lack cap space and are a few years and several key players away from success. The Broncos, on the other hand, have barely changed since winning the Superbowl last season. They retained their stellar defense and solid offensive players. The only thing missing is a great quarterback. And with one of the lowest quarterback contracts in the league, the Broncos can certainly afford to pay Romo for a few years while he’s still performing at an NFL level.
It’s a move that makes sense for the Cowboys too. Prescott is playing fantastic football and he’s doing it on a modest rookie contract. Romo takes up $14 million a year in cap space. It could be a win/win for the Broncos and Cowboys to get a deal done.