There’s been speculation that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to build trade value for quarterback Tony Romo when he said the 36-year-old has “five good years” left.
And, while Romo was the consummate professional in his emotional speech conceding the starting QB job to rookie Dak Prescott -- pledging to not be a distraction and giving no indication he wants out of Dallas -- he’s at least considering the Denver Broncos as a potential landing spot, according to an NFL.com report.
NFL Insider Ian Rapoport writes the following:
Romo, I'm told, already has eyes on the Broncos as a possible destination if general manager John Elway decides Paxton Lynch needs another year and that Trevor Siemian isn't the guy. Other options, depending on a variety of factors, include the Bears, Jets, Cardinals, and Bills. When the Cowboys do trade him, they'll still have to deal with about a $20 million salary-cap hit. Romo will have significant say in the matter given that he will need to renegotiate his deal. He, essentially, could veto any move.
In the same speech in which Jones indicated Romo could play past age 40, he said he believes “Romo will be the quarterback for a Super Bowl team.”
With all signs pointing to the 23-year-old Prescott being the Cowboys’ quarterback of the future, that hypothetical Romo Super Bowl may not be with Dallas.
Trevor Siemian won the Broncos’ starting job from first-round pick Paxton Lynch this season, showing the organization doesn’t view Lynch as ready to lead the team to a championship. Siemian ranks 25th in the league in QB rating this season.
And the Broncos won a Super Bowl last season with a veteran quarterback, Peyton Manning, even though he was well past his prime.
If the Cowboys were to trade Romo, officials from several NFL teams have speculated they could get as high as a second-round pick, or as low as a desperation late-rounder in return.
Rapoport also suggested that the possibility exists Romo would retire a Cowboy after the 2016 season and stay in the organization.