The question on the minds of Buffalo Bills fans everywhere from now until early March when the team has to make a decision on quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s hefty contract option, is who’ll be under center in 2017. Most fans have begun to prepare themselves for the possibility of a starter being added in the draft with Buffalo’s first-round pick (10th overall), but how many seriously thought that Tony Romo may be an option, as well?
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that both sources on the Bills, as well as within the NFL, have informed him that the club has “significant interest” in the 36-year-old backup Dallas Cowboys quarterback though the team realizes it may be a long shot.
It’s been widely speculated that Romo, who lost his starting gig to rookie sensation Dak Prescott, would like to move on to another contending team to continue his career. According to La Canfora, Romo, who’s signed through 2019, would preferably like to land with the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, or Kansas City Chiefs.
Given his history with the Cowboys and noted relationship with team owner Jerry Jones, it’s possible that the team cuts Romo to allow him to choose his destination, but it would completely irresponsible to do so without first testing his value out on the trade market.
What might it take to pry the quarterback away from Big D?
La Canfora writes that some general managers believe the Cowboys could get a second-round pick, plus potentially another high pick, because the veteran quarterback was on the bench all season and avoided another injury.
The bottom line is this: the Bills are going to have to make an offer to Jones that knocks him off his feet. Jones adores Romo, and while in situations like this one we’re often reminded that the NFL is a business, it’s hard to imagine that he won’t send his quarterback somewhere that he would like.
At this stage in his career, Romo most likely wants a solid opportunity to win, and Buffalo, with a rookie head coach and a questionable front office backing him, just simply doesn’t present that kind of opportunity.