Though it may not take the Denver Broncos out of the Tony Romo sweepstakes, the team’s confidence in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch may have the likely soon-to-be former Dallas Cowboys quarterback looking elsewhere.
ESPN reporter Ed Werder reported Thursday morning that Romo, who’s been supplanted as the Cowboys starter by 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott, is expecting Dallas to release him, and not seek a trade, in his quest to start once again in the NFL.
For Romo enthusiasts in Denver, Werder’s report should have been good news.
Not only did 9News Broncos Insider Mike Klis tell “The Drive” earlier this month that the club would be interested in the veteran quarterback should he be released but also that he was reportedly “eyeing” the team as a landing spot back in November.
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However, Werder told 104.3 The Fan’s Brandon Stokley on Thursday that, though he thinks it shouldn’t take them out of the sweepstakes, Romo may prefer the Houston Texans over the Broncos because of Denver’s confidence in Siemian and Lynch.
“I think Houston is a really strong contender because they’re in close proximity to Dallas. It would make it easier for his wife and kids to be a part of it if they wanted to relocate, if his parents want to come down and see games,” Werder said.
“They have a great defensive team, obviously, even without J.J. Watt, who should be returning. (They have) quality receivers, a good offensive, a young runner, so they fit the criteria.”
Werder also said Romo will likely have to structure a contract much like Peyton Manning did when he signed with Denver in 2012 — heavy in terms of incentive base — while also finding a team for which he’s willing to sacrifice that stability.
“It’ll take a team that he’s willing to do that for, so he’s going to have to have faith in the quality of the team and the coaching staff and whoever’s building the team,” Werder said.
Werder also offered up Kansas City as a potential landing spot, though he is not convinced Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has given up on Alex Smith. Also, Romo would have less interest in teams like the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and no interest in the Cleveland Browns.
Should Romo choose Houston, Werder said, he’d likely have to take an incentive-laden contract, and the Texans would have to creative to work around Brock Osweiler’s $37 million guarantee.
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