This week's report that Tony Romo expects to be released by the Dallas Cowboys and not traded gives hope to every team that would benefit from signing the veteran QB, and we think there are at least nine of them.
But Colin Cowherd is narrowing the potential winners of the Romo sweepstakes. He thinks the only teams with a shot at Romo are the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, and Friday on "The Herd" he gave four reasons why.
1. Romo wants to play for an offensive-minded coach
He has one in Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, and could play for Houston's Bill O'Brien or Arizona's Bruce Arians.
"Denver now has a defensive coach. Jets have a defensive coach," Cowherd says. So you can rule those two out.
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2. Romo wants a team with a championship-caliber defense
The Texans allowed the fewest yards (4,821) in the NFL last season; the Cardinals the second-fewest (4,883). Plus, Houston will have a healthy J.J. Watt back next season.
"Go ask Aaron Rodgers. Go ask Matt Ryan. You're not going to win a Super Bowl if your defense can't get stops," Cowherd says.
3. Houston and Arizona are close to home for Romo
Romo and his family make their home in Dallas, so if he leaves the Cowboys, chances are he won't want to stray far. He also won't want to play his home games in cold-weather cities. So forget Chicago, New York and Denver.
"When you get old in life and you've had a few surgeries, the last thing you want is 34 degrees," Cowherd says.
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4. Cards and Texans have offensive weapons
Larry Fitzgerald, who led the league with 107 catches, announced he's coming back to Arizona. (So has Carson Palmer, but, well, sorry.) The Cardinals' Pro Bowl running back, David Johnson, had 80 catches — more than the Texans' two deep threats, DeAndre Hopkins (78) and Will Fuller (47). Houston also has a couple of prolific tight ends and a 1,000-yard rusher in Lamar Miller.
All in all, Cowherd thinks Houston is "overwhelmingly" the favorite to have Romo next season, despite the guaranteed $16 million Texans QB Brock Osweiler is due. Cowherd thinks the second-most likely option is that Romo stays in Dallas, with Arizona being the third and final option.