(Romo photos courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)
Talk of Fame Network
The last time Tony Romo played a full season for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 he won an NFL passing title.
But he has played only five games since then. He was limited to four starts in 2015 because of two broken collarbones, then suffered a broken bone in his back last preseason that forced him to sit the first nine games of the 2016 season. But when he returned, he no longer had a job. Rookie Dak Prescott stepped in and asserted himself as a Pro Bowl quarterback.
Romo turns 37 in 2017. He has battled a variety of injuries that have cost him starts since 2012. But he still believes he can play – and wants the chance. He is on the books in Dallas for $24.7 million this coming season, and that’s a lot to pay a backup quarterback. Especially when that money can be better spent on a pass rusher or two for a team in dire need of a pass rush. So where does Romo play in 2017?
That’s the topic of this week’s Talk of Fame Network poll – where does Tony Romo play his football next season? He’s the all-time leading passer of the Cowboys and a four-time Pro Bowler. Maybe he can be for his next team what Peyton Manning was for the Broncos. So here are Romo’s potential landing spots:
Buffalo Bills. Finished 30th in the NFL in passing last season with Tyrod Taylor. He had one 300-yard passing game all season — against Miami in Week 16 — then was benched in favor of E.J. Manuel in Week 17. The Bills finished 7-9 and have spent the last 20 years trying — and failing — to find the next Jim Kelly.
Chicago Bears. Finished 14th in the NFL in passing last season with Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. Cutler didn’t have a 300-yard passing game in five starts. Both Hoyer and Barkley did but the Bears couldn’t win with any of their quarterbacks, finishing at the bottom of the NFC North at 3-13.
Dallas Cowboys. Prescott led the Cowboys to a franchise-record-tying 13 victories, an NFC East title and top seed in the NFC playoff bracket. He threw only four interceptions all season and finished fourth in the NFL in passing. The job is his. But Jerry Jones says he’d like Romo back in 2017 and have the NFL’s best backup quarterback.
Denver Broncos. Finished 21st in the NFL in passing with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. The Broncos traded up in the first-round to get Lynch last April but he threw for only two touchdowns in 83 passes in his three appearances (two starts) as a rookie.
Houston Texans. Finished 29th in the NFL in passing with Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage. The Texans threw the fewest touchdown passes of any of the 12 playoff teams (15) and also averaged a league-low 5.9 yards per reception despite the presence of Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins on the flank.
Jacksonville Jaguars. Finished 20th in the NFL in passing with Blake Bortles. He was the third overall pick of the 2014 draft and became a walk-in starter. But he has not been the difference-maker the Jaguars expected. In a league that demands that quarterbacks complete at least 60 percent of his passes, Bortles is a career 58.8 passer. He also is a high-turnover quarterback with 51 career interceptions.
Kansas City Chiefs. Finished 19th in the NFL in passing with Alex Smith. He also had only one 300-yard passing game all season – in the season opener. Smith threw one touchdown pass or fewer in 11 of his 15 starts. The Chiefs did not have a single wide receiver with a 100-yard receiving game last season.
New York Jets. Finished 27th in the NFL in passing with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Geno Smith. The Jets led the NFL with 25 interceptions in a 5-11 season. The Jets used a second round pick last April on Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg but he never took a snap as a rookie.