How Tony Romo is about to become the next Brett Favre

But that was before Romo defied expectations and hung up his cleats in favor of a CBS microphone, foiling the Texans' attempts (and likely the Broncos', though both teams maintained stringent poker faces throughout) to wait out the hemming-and-hawing Cowboys and sign the 36-year-old.

Tony Romo couldn't bring himself to use the word "retired" and didn't have an answer for whether he would have made a decision to replace another former quarterback in Phil Simms as lead analyst for CBS if he hadn't lost his starting job in Dallas. Despite what is being said on the outside, the Texans are working to find out if either quarterback could take the team in the direction in which they want to go.

"My experience with him was very good", Gase said, when speaking to ESPN staff writer Jeff Dickerson.

A year later, the Cowboys lost their playoff opener to the New York Giants as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, a defeat that stung even more for fans because Romo went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, during the bye week with several teammates.

The Tony Romo saga in Dallas will forever be looked back upon, especially with how it ended. Because the only way you get better is to admit this player isn't good enough.

Last month, when the Texans stuffed Brock Osweiler into a padlocked steam trunk and shipped him to the Cleveland Browns in what was essentially an exchange for cap space, the widespread assumption was that Houston was clearing the deck to make room for Romo.

After holding the No. 14 spot in the last poll, the Houston Texans are down a slot to No. 15 in the latest USA Today NFL power rankings. How many times did he say he was done playing only to return?

-"I'm excited about this".

Bill Walsh used to say, "If I have a pair of twos I'm going to discard them because I need a better hand to win the poker hand". Multiple players, including Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett and Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, have all accused him of being a lackluster leader. They are foolish to think that both Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden are better options. "And I'm not making that decision right now".

Mays: When you're sitting at no. 25, do you try to go up and get somebody?

That led to the 2016 offseason move that continues to haunt the Texans: Signing Osweiler away from Denver to a four-year, $72 million contract that included $37 million guaranteed. When you got to third down you could call the worst play possible and he would get the conversion.

Jacksonville, with new VP Tom Coughlin and Head Coach Doug Marrone in charge, are in a precarious situation with 2014 first-round selection QB Blake Bortles. With the uncertainty of the April draft, the Texans are looking at the next group of quarterbacks to help alleviate pressure on the group. I don't know - it's going to take some time. Judging a quarterback on one season is pretty high risk.

The Tony Romo hostage crisis is over.

  • Julie Sanders