Regardless of whether the Cowboys win a Super Bowl or are one-in-done in the playoffs, Tony Romo’s days in Dallas appear numbered, and if Jerry Jones decides to shop him in the offseason, it’s going to be a big story.
A really big story.
“I think it’s certainly going to be a huge story,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “You’re talking about a player of that magnitude and a team that, let’s face it: Cowboys drama sells. Nobody knows how to milk a soap opera like Jerry. Now you’ve got it under the microscope and under the guise of they’ve actually won nine straight games and they may be the best team in football. So yeah, I suspect I will be devoting a fair amount of my time in February at the Combine to figuring out who’s closest to consummating a Tony Romo trade – assuming, again, that that’s what he wants. We’ll have to see how this plays out. There’s some people close to Tony who say if they really are winning there and they really do have a long playoff run, he could stay there for another year. They don’t have to trade him because of his contract. They can afford to keep he and Dak because Dak makes no money. He can’t make any money for two more years. So we’ll see how that plays out.”
Dallas (9-1) has won nine straight games under Prescott, as Romo, a four-time Pro Bowler, has been relegated to backup duties.
“But yeah, if it’s February and Tony really wants to be a starter somewhere and he sits down with Jerry, then Jerry will find a contending team for him,” La Canfora said. “I don’t believe that Jerry would be so cruel as to send him to Cleveland or Jacksonville or somewhere where he’s going to get pummeled for two years, never win any games and be hobbled for the rest of his life. I think you’re talking about contending teams. Ideally, Jerry wouldn’t want him in the NFC. Denver, let’s see what Paxton Lynch can do down the stretch. Where are they? The Jets would have been interested in Drew Brees if he was a free agent, and I believe they’ll be very interested in a Tony Romo trade, assuming they keep the same regime there. And then Arizona with Carson Palmer, it was ugly again yesterday, and they can get out of that contract if they want. Bruce Arians, at this stage of his career, is not going to want to develop some third-round pick for two or three years and then hope that he’s ready to go in 2018 or 2019. So that’s another very proactive team that I keep an eye on as well.”