Tony Romo is expected to be released by the Dallas Cowboys after the NFL calendar year officially begins, and if the Cowboys choose to part ways with their former franchise QB, he would be free to sign with a team of his choosing. Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that it is believed that the Denver Broncos have the best shot of signing Romo, provided he takes a pay cut.
On Wednesday’s episode of "The Herd", Colin Cowherd reacted to the news and explained why he believes Romo would be making a huge mistake.
Cowherd: It makes sense for Denver, but not for Romo
“I read this story from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, and he says the Broncos are the prime landing spot for Tony Romo if he’s willing to accept less than the $14 million he’s due under his current contract.
"OK, I get it from a Denver standpoint. Their best defensive players are all signed for three more years. There’s Von Miller, Chris Harris, Derek Wolfe, Brandon Marshall, Darian Stewart, Aqib Talib. Those guys are signed for the next two, three years. I get Denver wanting Tony Romo. They don’t feel their young guys are ready.
"But I don’t get what Tony Romo’s thinking."
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Cowherd: Why would Romo choose to go to the AFC West?
“It would not be my choice. Denver has a defensive-minded head coach. He is a rookie head coach. Outside of their center, they have a weak offensive line, and that division is tough. Derek Carr twice a year, Kansas City’s loaded roster twice a year, and Philip Rivers has always moved the football on Denver.
"I get Denver wanting Tony, but that’s the toughest division in football, you have a bad offensive line. You have a rookie, defensive head coach, and the November-December weather is rough."
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Cowherd: Romo hasn’t been very good in cold weather
“Tony Romo, in under 40 degrees, nine times, he’s won three of them.
"And even if you win big in Denver, you’re always going to be in the shadow of the other old guy — Peyton Manning — who came in and did it. It won’t even feel special. It’ll barely feel special in Denver.”
Cowherd: Houston is a much better destination for Romo
“If you go to Houston, you get a veteran — not a rookie. A veteran offensive coach. You get a tremendous defensive roster like Denver. You get better offensive receivers, weaker division, you play inside, and you’re playing in nobody’s shadow. There’s no pressure in Houston.
"There’s pressure with John Elway in Denver to win, because they’ve already done it multiple times. And if you don’t win in Denver, you’re a ‘failure.’ Even if you get close in Houston, you’re a success.
"‘Well Colin, Peyton Manning chose Denver!’ It was different. At the time, Oakland was terrible, now they may be the second-best team in the AFC. When Peyton Manning chose Denver, Kansas City was terrible, they were 2-14. Denver had a very good offensive line, not a weak one. And you were replacing Tim Tebow! So your entry point for Peyton Manning was completely different.”
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Cowherd: Romo has to consider the entry point for each job
“You have to think about entry point. In Denver now, the division’s loaded, there’s a lot of pressure. You’ve got a rookie head coach, and if I’m Tony Romo, Denver’s not a good entry point.
"The only thing I can think of is if Tony Romo chooses Denver, he’s looking at the schedule and thinking ‘You know what? Dallas comes to Denver. I get to host Dak Prescott…’
"… Entry point is underrated. Like when you take a job, who are you replacing? What is the environment? What is the morale in the building? Denver… you saw Denver last year. You saw that offensive line last year. You saw they couldn’t run the ball last year. You saw they couldn’t protect quarterbacks.
"Tony Romo needs to pick somebody with an offensive line, and he needs to have an offensive-minded head coach who can figure out a way that Tony doesn’t have to be the complete centerpiece.”