Coming into the 2017 NFL offseason, the Dallas Cowboys are faced with a very tough question, what to do with Tony Romo? In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys made a move for the future by selecting Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott was the first quarterback taken by the Dallas Cowboys in many years. However, the Cowboys’ couldn’t have expected Prescott to take the reigns so quickly. In a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Tony Romo suffered a severe back injury due to a hit by Seattle defender, Cliff Avril. Prescott came into the game, and immediately gained the attention of the entire NFL community. He turned in impressive performance after performance, leading the Cowboys to name him the starting quarterback. When Romo returned from injury, he was relegated to the position of backup quarterback. So going into this offseason, it was a foregone conclusion that Romo would be on his way out of Dallas.
So the question is, what is Romo worth? At 37 years old, Tony Romo has shown he can still play at a high level. In the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, Romo came in and lead the offense down the field before delivering an impressive touchdown pass. Despite the many injuries, he has displayed the talent that morphed an undrafted free agent to a franchise quarterback. So, what is a team willing to spend to get a talented quarterback in the last years of his career with serious injury concerns. Quality quarterbacks are hard to find in the NFL, so when one becomes available, teams will line up to acquire him. There are teams willing to bring Romo on board; however, they are waiting for the Cowboys to release him. Tony Romo still has value, so the Cowboys want to get value back for him through a trade. The problem is that teams know the Cowboys can’t keep Romo and his contract as a backup, and the Cowboys will not bench Dak Prescott in favor of Romo. So many teams are waiting for the dominos to fall. If the Cowboys do not receive trade offers for Tony Romo, they will have to release him. But some teams feel they wouldn’t be able to lure Romo in free agency, and are willing to trade for him. That brings us back to the question of what he is worth. The Cowboys seem to be willing to accept any offer, just to receive something in return, instead of out-right releasing him. If the Philadelphia Eagles received a first round pick for Sam Bradford, the the Cowboys should be able to match that. However, the Cowboys should be open for any draft compensation. But don’t rule out a trade that includes a younger player who fits a need of the Cowboys coming into free agency and the draft. With the recent news of a rumored three-way trade involving Romo, teams should be preparing offers. Whether the rumor is real, or a rumor to increase interest in Romo, teams should keep an eye on the situation.