The 2017 season has been great for Dallas Cowboys so far and it is no surprise that the sudden turnaround in the teams performance can be credited, at least in partial definition, to the quarterback. Unfortunately, after 155 games as the starting quarterback for the Cowboys, the turnaround can not be credited to Romo. It was announced in November of 2016 that Romo would no longer be their starter and he stepped down with grace and dignity handing over the position to Dak Prescott. What does that mean for Romo’s future in the sport?
Tony Romo did not quit the team he has spent his entire NFL playing for. Instead, he has taken the high road and chosen to remain with the Cowboys as the backup quarterback to Prescott,making a full statement to a room full of reporters. What does that mean? That means when Prescott is tired or incapacitated, Romo will step up and play the rest of the game. So that means that even though he is not longer the starting quarterback for the Cowboys, it is still very likely that he will see plenty of time on the field as the back up for the team. And who can blame the Dallas franchise for wanting to keep him handy for the remainder of the 2016 season?
Having signed with the Cowboys in 2003 as a freeagent, he officially took over Bledso’s starting quarterback position in 2006 in a home game against the Houston Texans. He has 14 seasons under his belt. 155 career starts Romo holds a 65% pass completion record. The biggest issue he faces is his age and list of injuries that have limited his starting quarterback status. What does that mean for him in 2017?
Well, with the way Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaks, it sounds a lot like he is trying to drum up some trade value for him in 2017 season, making it seem like there will be an inevitable trade for him to another team. Jerry Jones states that he is confident that, despite Romo’s advanced age for a starting quarterback, he has at least five more good years of playing left in him and that he will likely quarterback a Super Bowl team before it is all said and done. Jones has also stated that he has no intention of letting Romo go to another team any time in the near future.
With Tony Romo’s career hanging in the balance, it is clear that there are a few teams that would be willing to buy out his contract. However, it is very unlikely that Romo will see any starting games in this season and very possibly won’t be traded off until the 2017 season. Jerry Jones will likely take on a let’s wait and see mentality to find out weather a trade would be profitable or even considerable for the 2017 season. What is likely to happen, despite Romo’s issues as playing back up to a younger quarterback, is tt Romo will remain with the Cowboys till the end of his career. The cost of a trade will likely be touch and go due to the age and injuries of Romo, no other team would want to pick up a quarterback they aren’t sure would be in top physical form for the money they woukd have to spend.