The Dallas Cowboys did not suit up this week, taking full advantage of their bye to rest and get healthy. For the media and fans, this meant the opportunity to further speculate on Dallas’ quarterback dilemma.
Everyone from Skip Bayless to Colin Cowherd and even Donovan McNabb have chimed in on the issue, and one solution has risen to the top: trade Tony Romo.
A few months, heck, even a few weeks ago, this would have seemed like a far-fetched idea. Not so much anymore.
Dak Prescott has a large enough sample size that the Cowboys can feel comfortable with him moving forward. He has given Jason Garrett nor Jerry Jones reason to believe he will falter, which means they can, and should pursue trade offers for Romo.
Look at it this way. Romo signed a six-year, $108-million contract that runs through 2019. Prescott is on a four-year deal worth $2.7 million, which would keep him with the Cowboys until 2019 as well. Why should Dallas pay Romo over $20 million a year to ride the bench?
Because so much of Romo’s contract is guaranteed money, the Cowboys would take huge cap hits if they kept him on the roster. Should Dallas trade, or even cut Romo, they would free up space necessary to sign a difference maker on defense.
However, if the Cowboys don’t want to wait until the end of this season to deal with Romo, they can trade him before the deadline on Nov. 1. Trades in the NFL are often complicated and difficult to complete because of various salary cap restrictions, but Romo could be a special case.
It's rare that a potential Pro Bowl caliber quarterback becomes readily available in the middle of a season. Currently, there are three teams that would be ideal suitors for Romo should the Cowboys seek a trade.
New York Jets: The Jets re-signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason to a one-year, $12-million deal, but he has struggled mightily all season. Through seven games, the Jets are 2-5, and Fitzpatrick had been demoted to backup in favor of Geno Smith until Smith was injured on Sunday.
If New York wanted to target Romo, the Cowboys could ask for Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson or a draft pick in return to bolster their defensive line, along with perhaps Bryce Petty or even Fitzpatrick to serve as Prescott’s backup. Todd Bowles knows his clock is ticking in New York, and this may be his only chance to make a move.
Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill has been in the league since 2012 and has shown flashes of potential, but has yet to lead Miami to the playoffs. He signed a six-year, $96 million extension in 2015 and owns a 3-4 record with the Dolphins this year.
Miami has a lot of young talent in receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Jay Ajayi, so a veteran like Romo could provide them with the boost they need, and allow Tannehill to learn from him.
The name that makes the most sense for the Cowboys to ask for in a trade is defensive end Cameron Wake. Even though he is 34 years old, Wake is a four-time Pro Bowler and had 1.5 sacks in Miami’s win over Buffalo on Sunday.
Denver Broncos: Alright, hear me out on this one. Denver’s defense has been stellar this year, but the offense? Well, led by a signal-calling trio of Austin Davis, Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian, the Broncos have looked downright anemic at times.
Denver can trade for Romo, and in return Dallas could as for Siemian to backup Prescott or a draft pick to use on a defensive piece down the road. If the Broncos want to have a shot at defending their Super Bowl crown, it likely won’t be with any of those three aforementioned quarterbacks under center.
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