Did Denver just open the door for Tony Romo?

NFL media insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday night that the Denver Broncos are in the lead to land Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo if they do end up releasing him when the new league year begins next week. According to ProFootball Reference, from 2004 to 2016, the 36-year-old posted a passer's rating of 97.1 behind only Aaron Rodgers at no. 1 (104.1), Russell Wilson (99.6) and Tom Brady (97.2).

With Romo expected to be released or traded sometime in the near future, that means the Cowboys are going need a new backup quarterback, and it looks like they've already found someone they like for the job. It also included a signing bonus worth $25 million.

Of course, that doesn't mean teams aren't planning for the day when they can talk to him, when it eventually arrives.

The Broncos could really use Tomo's quarterbacking skills considering that the team ranked 23 in pass offense previous year (defense-adjusted value over average).

While he didn't say outright that the Cowboys would be moving on from Romo, Stephen Jones did allude to the idea that Romo, undrafted in 2003 from Eastern Illinois, would not return to Dallas. "He's given us big seasons, and we're all - I think Jerry (Jones) said it best: Unfortunately, that's one of our biggest regrets right now, is we haven't been able to put a team around Tony, when he's healthy, that he could win a Super Bowl".

Given the success the team had with an aging Peyton Manning, they may decide to take a chance on Romo. Romo became dispensable for Dallas after a solid season from rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.

  • Julie Sanders