Broncos, Romo a perfect fit
Tony Romo was once considered one of the best — and most clutch — quarterbacks in the NFL just a few short seasons ago. Now, with injuries to his back and repeated broken collarbones catching up to him, the former Eastern Illinois product and face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise has been relegated to a backup role due to the emergence of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who has led the Cowboys to a 10-1 start in place of Romo.
Romo was injured in the preseason, taking a big hit on a sack against the Seattle Seahawks, fracturing his back and knocking him out of action for at least 10 weeks. That sack allowed Prescott to step in as the starter for the Cowboys, which then led to the Cowboys reeling off ten straight wins following an opening-week loss to the New York Giants.
All of that has led to the Cowboys sticking with Prescott over a healthy Romo, which has then led to the speculation that the veteran quarterback will be available via trade this off-season. With rumors swirling of possible destinations, one franchise that Romo reportedly has his eyes on is none other than the Denver Broncos.
Despite having Trevor Siemian entrenched as the starter in Denver for at least the rest of this season, as well as having spent a first round pick on Paxton Lynch in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Broncos would be wise to explore — and ultimately complete — a deal for Romo this off-season. Although he’s had issues with staying healthy over the last three years of his career (Romo hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2012), there’s no denying that the 36-year-old passer is still elite for his position when on the field.
The last time the Broncos took a chance on a big name quarterback at the age of 36, Denver went on to appear in one Super Bowl behind a recording-breaking offense before then ultimately winning Super Bowl L with a hobbled Peyton Manning riding off into the sunset on the back of one of the best defenses in NFL history.
Back when Manning first arrived in Denver, the Broncos went 8-8 the previous season with one of the worst offenses in football as Tim Tebow really handcuffed the passing game. Once Manning took over the Broncos became nearly unstoppable on offense. While I’m not saying Romo would equal Manning from the jump, I do think that the veteran signal caller has plenty of gas left in the tank. Adding him to the current Denver offense with All-Pro caliber receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, along with emerging tight end Virgil Green and standout running backs CJ Anderson and Devontae Booker would provide the Broncos with a serious spark — one that they’ve been missing with Siemian under center through roughly 10 games of the 2016 season. So far, Denver has the sixth-worst offense in all of football, along with the 10th-worst passing offense in the NFL. That’s simply unacceptable with the talent that Denver has on the boundary.
Granted, this current formula under Head Coach Gary Kubiak of a strong running game, physical defense and a quarterback that doesn’t try to do too much is no doubt a winning formula. Under Kubiak, Denver is 19-7 in the regular season and already has a Super Bowl trophy in the display case, but for this team to take the next step it really needs to incorporate an element at QB that strikes fear into defenses.
That’s where Romo comes in. Like I said earlier, I totally get the concerns with injuries at this point in his career, but that didn’t stop John Elway from going after Peyton Manning, who sat out an entire season due to neck fusion surgery. Romo’s balky back shouldn’t concern Elway either, especially if the only thing it will cost him is a few mid-round draft picks.
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