Add some more fuel to the Tony-Romo-to-the-Broncos fire. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Todd Archer reported that the Dallas Cowboys plan to release the team’s longtime quarterback Thursday.
“Let the Romo recruiting in Houston and Denver begin,” Schefter wrote in a tweet.
Denver and Houston both finished with 9-7 records last year. Of those two, the Broncos have significantly more cap space to work with. Denver has $36,718,799 available, while Houston has $23,517,929, according to overthecap.com.
The Texans already have one QB on their roster — former Bronco Brock Osweiler — who’s owed big money in 2017. He’ll count $19 million against the cap, which makes signing Romo all the more difficult for them.
Romo has appeared in only five games the last two seasons. He broke his left collarbone twice in 2015. In the 2016 preseason, he fractured one of his vertebrae. By the time he was healthy enough to return, Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott had played well enough to seize the job.
Romo is fragile, but when healthy he’s also one of the best QBs in football. He threw for 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2014. He’s got the fourth-highest passer rating ever. And as Jared Dubin pointed out on Twitter, Romo has near-identical career marks in key rate stats like completion percentage, touchdown percentage, interception percentage and yards per passing attempt as Peyton Manning.
There’s plenty of risk involved in signing him. He’d also give Denver a much great chance to win this year’s Super Bowl than Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch.
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