If the Denver Broncos want to beat the New England Patriots, they need to sign Tony Romo.
It was reported that Dallas would now like to facilitate a trade for Tony Romo to receive assets back for him.
Understandably, both Denver and Houston balked at the notion of trading for Romo rather than signing him to a team friendlier deal. Elway as well as the Texans brass both know one thing to be true; that each other are their only competition in landing the veteran QB.
There is one major issue in Jerry Jones’ scheme to deal Romo, precedent. In 2012 one of the greatest QB’s to ever lace ’em up, Peyton Manning, hit the open market rather than being traded. Now Manning and Romo’s injuries are quite different and Manning had much more uncertainty. However, the chance to have Manning at 60% of his prime is better than even a guarantee of Romo is 2014 form from here on out, which is unrealistic at best.
If Manning wasn’t traded in a similar situation, what makes Jerry Jones believe Romo is worth trading for?
That question could be debated at length. One thing that is not up for debate is the power shift in the AFC and Denver’s place in it with and without Tony Romo.
Stephon Gilmore, Dewayne Allen, and Kony Ealy. Those are the names the Patriots ADDED to a Super Bowl winning team. Oh and by the way don’t forget that Gronk will be back as well. Also don’t forget the Patriots still may acquire picks for Garappolo as well as Malcom Butler if New Orleans signs him to a 1st round tender.
So what is the point of all this Patriots talk? Don’t we get enough Pats love fest on ESPN and FS1? The point I’m making is that the Patriots are getting better and Denver can’t definitively say who will be their starting QB in 2017.
An offense that can get you 24 points and a defense that can knock Brady off his spot is the key to beating New England, I don’t think a Trevor Siemian led offense can provide you with 3 TD drives a game.
Denver has the pieces on D, 2 stud WR’s a decent RB in Anderson and an improving offensive line.
Romo is the missing link.
In 2014 Romo had his best year in the NFL. Big play receiver Dez Bryant, the Dallas line was much better than Denver’s but I think with the additions made and Anderson coming back, I think Denver’s O Line and Run Game will be much improved in 2017 regardless of who is the teams QB.
Romo reopens the SuperBowl window for Denver. Can any Denver fan sit through another season of Trevor Siemian or a young not ready Paxton Lynch?
No, not little over a year removed from a SuperBowl win.
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Sign Romo if/when he is released, by no means trade for him. Dallas can pay him $20 million dollars to be a backup if they wont release him. Sign Romo, trade Trevor Simiean, take a TE or another playmaker in the first round and add to both the O-Line and depth with the remaining picks.
There is just no other way for Denver to compete in the next 2-3 years without Romo.
Lynch can be a high quality starter in the NFL, just not in year two or even three. Two more years sitting behind Romo could do wonders for Lynch. Teach him to be a pro, which is one of the rumored issues with Lynch coming out of Dove Valley.
Manning brought a championship window to Denver and the effects can still be felt today. Aqib Talib,TJ Ward, Emmanuel Sanders, DeMarcus Ware, and Shane Ray are all in Denver as a result of Manning being in Denver. In theory, Romo can have a similar impact. When you compete, great players come to you. Ask the Patriots.
Denver can either do what the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins have been doing the last 15 years which is wave the white flag and wait for Brady to retire. Or you can take on New England head on like Denver has done 2 of the last 4 AFC title games.
The choice is entirety up to Elway. I have a feeling he will choose the latter.