Tony Romo is still under contract with the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, he’s signed for three more years, through the 2019 season. Romo lost his starting job while injured, and most assume if he’s going to play in the league next season it will be following a trade to another team. A trade Romo likely would approve of. As he is under contract with Dallas, it’s supposed to be difficult for him to know what the market could hold for him without the Cowboys granting him permission to talk with other clubs to seek a possible trade partner.
Any contact without permission to discuss matters off the football field would be considered tampering. However, there are a million and one opportunities for potential suitors and Romo to cross paths. One such opportunity came to fruition this past weekend in a victory party after the inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Romo happened to find himself snapping a pic with Broncos’ GM John Elway. Yes, the Broncos who are the odds-on betting favorite to acquire Romo via trade.
While Romo might have been greasing the skids for a future in politics, it is quite interesting he landed in the company of Elway. Over the weekend, Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders openly opined to how much fun it would be to catch touchdowns from Romo if he ended up in Denver.
“I believe I would benefit,”Sanders said on NFL Gameday. “But one thing about it is I’m always gonna take it back and I’m just gonna put it on John Elway. In John Elway I trust and if he does bring him over, I think Tony Romo will fit good in McCoy’s system. It’s a no-huddle, up-tempo offense. I think that it’s gonna be similar to the Cowboys. I think he has Demaryius Thomas and some wide receiver No. 10 on the other side. I feel like he has targets and I feel like we will win ballgames with Tony Romo or potentially a championship.”
Remember, the Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in the 2016 first round, but he was unable to make an impact as a rookie as the team fought to defend their championship after the departure of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler.
It’s the Manning era that most often gives credence to Romo landing Denver. Elway has shown no hesitation moving on from something that is basically working if he thinks an upgrade is there. He moved on from Tebowmania to sign Manning to a lucrative deal when everyone wondered if the latter would ever recover from three neck surgeries. He fired John Fox after he reached (and lost) a Super Bowl to hire Gary Kubiak and the moves resulted in the team’s first Lombardi since the 1990’s.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport has claimed Romo has Denver atop his priority list, but that has yet to be confirmed by anyone else. Denver’s reluctance to admit to a willingness to trade for Romo is empty. No team in a negotiation stands to benefit from admitting publicly they are interested in a deal.
In the meantime, Romo can continue spending the early part of the offseason rubbing elbows with the political elite.