The small whisper of smoke has built into a full blown fire around the news that the Dallas Cowboys will soon cut ties with quarterback Tony Romo. More importantly to fans of your Houston Texans, there’s further talk that Romo’s interested in signing with Houston.
ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting that the Cowboys are expected to release 36-year-old quarter with no options for a trade materializing.
Source says Tony Romo expecting release, not trade, and believes he can start as #NFL QB 2-3 more seasons despite turning 37, injury history— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) February 16, 2017
Werder went on to say during a segment on “SportsCenter” that Romo’s current preferred landing spot is NRG Park, notes the Houston Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon.
Romo, a 13-year veteran with the Cowboys, has completed 65.3% (2,829-4,335) of his passes for 34,183 yards, 248 touchdowns and 117 interceptions over his career.
Of course, Romo hasn’t been able to stay on the field over the past two seasons, having suffered numerous injuries. He has only appeared in five games (four starts) during that time.
The Cowboys have no incentive to keep Romo on the roster with their future at quarterback firmly locked up by Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott. Additionally, Dallas would save around $30 million over the next three years by cutting Romo, with $5.1 million saved immediately in 2017.
Romo’s coming to QB-desperate Houston makes plenty of sense. The Texans are currently set at quarterback if Romo gets hurt, with Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage under contract for 2017. Or they could jettison one of those guys in favor of a QB they select in the 2017 NFL Draft.
If Romo is truly looking for a good situation, with weapons and a good defense capable of making a deep run in the playoffs, rather than a big paycheck, Houston may be his best option. Would you support the idea of Tony Romo signing with the Texans if he’s released by the Cowboys? If so, at what contractual cost?