The Tony Romo-to-Denver reports continue to pile up in Colorado, and while the Dallas Cowboys have not yet decided if they'll release, trade or keep their 36-year-old backup quarterback, Romo has indicated he expects to be released, which would allow him to pick his next team.
Denver and Houston are the two destinations that would appear to make the most sense for Romo, who is chasing a Super Bowl and doesn't have very many years left in the NFL - yet many fans and analysts aren't convinced that Romo can remain healthy for an entire season.
On Tuesday's episode of The Herd, Colin Cowherd crunched Romo's numbers and explained why he's worth the risk to a team like the Broncos.
Cowherd: There are only two men in the NFL who could afford to swing and miss on Romo
"One agent told KUSA in Denver that Romo’s preferred choice is the Broncos. They’re going to offer Romo a deal potentially worth $8 to 10 million per season, but a lot of escalators, a lot of incentives if he wins.
As I’ve said before, I think there’s only two people, because of [Romo’s] injuries, that could roll the dice on Romo, it could fail miserably and the wouldn’t get fired: Belichick and John Elway."
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Cowherd: The Broncos don't *need* a QB, but Elway knows Romo's potential
"But a lot of you are like, ‘whoa, this is real risky.’ And for years and years I’ve been fighting off all the Romo critics. I mean, it’s been literally ridiculous… the minute Dak Prescott has a good preseason game, you basically all shelved Tony Romo forever. Just couldn’t wait to get him out of town.
So I thought this morning, why would John Elway, a real smart guy, roll the dice on Tony Romo knowing his injuries?
He drafted Paxton Lynch, and apparently this story says they still love Paxton Lynch. They have Trevor Siemian. This was a team last, year, don’t forget, Denver was 8-4 through 12 games in the toughest division in football. They didn’t need to go get Tony Romo."
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Cowherd: Romo's numbers in his last 30 starts are unbelievable
"Paxton Lynch is going to be better, Trevor Siemian should be better. They were 8-4 through 12 weeks in a tough division. They don’t have to go get Tony Romo.
So why would John Elway roll the dice on Tony Romo? I’m going to take, let’s say, 30 starts. Thirty starts is a lot, it’s almost two full seasons. You can’t fool me on 30 starts. You can fool me on three starts, you can fool me on eight. The Wildcat worked for a year in the NFL - but let’s just take 30 starts. Here’s Tony Romo’s numbers for [his last] 30 NFL starts."
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Cowherd: Romo matches up with MVPs and future Hall of Famers when healthy
"And I put up Aaron Rodgers, stud, last year’s MVP, and first-ballot Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger. Look at Tony Romo’s starts.
He’s tied for the best record, his completion percentage is only second to Matt Ryan, his TD passes are better than all but Aaron Rodgers, and his passer rating is better than [Rodgers and Roethlisberger].
Isn’t that funny? Aaron Rodgers, who has a better home-field advantage than Tony Romo, has a better general manager - the perception is - than Tony Romo, has the better head coach than Tony Romo. Look at Aaron Rodgers’ numbers the last 30 starts. Look at the MVP Matt Ryan’s last 30 starts. Look at Hall of Famer Big Ben’s last 30 starts with the Pittsburgh Steelers! And by the way, we’re talkingPackers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Those are two of the five best organizations for the last 25 years in this league."
Cowherd: He accomplished all that on troubled Cowboys teams
"Then look at Tony Romo’s numbers. Wins? Tied for the most… and by the way, when Tony was playing for the Cowboys, that offensive line was not as good as it is now. Touchdowns, passer rating? There you go. So for everybody that dogs on Tony Romo… look at Romo’s numbers. And some of them came out of dysfunction.
No defense. Offensive line wasn’t what it is. Ezekiel Elliott was not there. The tantrums of Dez Bryant. An aging Jason Witten.
… That’s why John Elway’s doing it, right there. When he’s upright, Tony Romo is a top-5, top-6 quarterback in this league, absolutely."