August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after the preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Trade: Tony Romo For Phillip Rivers?


The (3-4) Dallas Cowboys and the (3-4) San Diego Chargers. Two NFL teams that are in desperate need for a change. And their is no more desperate move then one involving franchise quarterbacks. Unfortunately, good quarterbacks are so rare that trading them is almost impossible.  But if Dallas is interested in unloading it’s starting quarterback, Tony Romo, San Diego is one of the few places that might make sense.

There are a number of teams that are in need of a franchise quarterback like Romo. The Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars,  Cleveland Browns, New York Jets,  Kansas City Chiefs, and the St. Louis Rams come to mind. The trouble is,  if Dallas trades Romo they are left with Kyle Orton as their starter. And even though Orton has proven himself in this league as a decent player,  most wouldn’t consider him a franchise quarterback.

The problem is you need a franchise quarterback for a franchise quarterback, or at least equal value. That’s why you never see them traded, only signed in free agency.  But with Phillip Rivers and Romo, a case could be made for trading each other’s problem child to benefit each other’s team in the future.

We all know that changing environments can do wonders for players. A bench player on one team can be a star on another. Both Rivers and Romo have had extended stays on their teams respectively. Both have had enough time to get the job done and simply haven’t. A new team, a new scheme and a new scene would benefit them both.

It also helps that both Romo and Rivers are similar in age.  Tony is 32 while Phillip turns 31 in December. Their salaries are similar as well. Romo is signed through 2013 and is scheduled to make $11.5 million next year. Rivers is signed through 2015 and is scheduled to make $12 million next season.

And the similarities don’t end there. Rivers is a four time Pro Bowler (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011) . Romo has been there three times. (2006, 2007, 2009) Both have had prolific and future Hall of  Fame tight ends to throw to in Antonio Gates and Jason Witten. And both quarterbacks have had their fair share of criticism.  Romo has the moniker of being a choker in clutch time. While Rivers has dealt with questions surrounding his attitude and, recently, his decreasing arm strength.

Both Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett and Chargers’ head coach Norv Turner are on the proverbial hot seat this season. Both coaches need to make changes in order to keep their jobs. And both teams have a great relationship with each other in the off-season.  The success of wideout Laurent Robinson in Dallas last year had a lot to do with that relationship.

On the negative side, there  is always a transition period needed to learn each other’s playbooks. Mix into that time to get proper chemistry with new teammates, and you can kiss the playoffs good-bye this year. But for two teams looking to change their “culture”, nothing does that better then cutting off the head of the problem. The question is whose head will roll first:  the quarterback’s or the coach’s? 99% of the time, it’s the latter.

Chances are both teams will keep what they have now. Pulling the trigger on a trade like this would  be historic. Therefore, Romo and Rivers will likely play out their contracts for their respective teams. And because of that, both teams will have a hard time making the playoffs this season and beyond.

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Would You Trade Tony Romo For Phillip Rivers?

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett Norv Turner Phillip Rivers San Diego Chargers Tony Romo Trade

  • Lt ed

    You gotta be out of your mind to make this trade…. Romo greater than rivers all day long. Makes me ill to think this would even be considered.

    • Me

      You got that right!

  • cowboybranch

    You must be crazy, Romo is better, they need a up grade not a down grade quarter back

  • PBHayes

    Rivers looks done so I wouldn’t make the trade. The Chargers must draft a solid quarterback in the next draft and get a new coaching staff that knows how to prepare a team and make adjustments during the game.

    • Malik

      Exactly

  • Norman K

    RU Fing Nuts? LoL, Romo needs a better supporting cast. I agree at times he tries to do too much, but its because of the Knuckle heads he has. The O Line is a joke, how many times has romo saved terrible snaps over his head, or running for his life every other play. Not making excuses, but for any fan that actually has a brain and can see its not all on ROMO

  • http://twitter.com/AngryPopCulture AngryPopCultureGuy

    Yeah – cause that trade would really solve the offensive line (real) problems…

    San DIego can keep cry baby/ego maniacal, Rivers. He couldn’t emotionally handle being the QB in Dallas (something Romo never gets enough credit for), he’d pop like a balloon.

    If we are going to (continue to) ignore the line, how about offering up Dez/Jenkins for Bowe/S. Jackson, instead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/efrain.hernandez.568 Efrain Hernandez

    hell no their about the same but romo is better so hell no

  • http://www.facebook.com/jolly.roger.7773 Jolly Roger

    Romo to Arizona for first round pick, finish with Orton. Market Dez for another high pick. Draft 1 QB, 1 RB, the rest OL. Pick up Jake Kirkpatrick to finish 2012 on practice squad.

  • Artie C

    The san Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys are mirror images of eachother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Mage/689312211 Rick Mage

    Steven Mullenax is a fuckin’ idiot for even bringing this up! I hope he (and all you other retard, fake Cowboys fans, who want Romo gone, gets eaten in a alligator pit!

  • Silverandbluedc

    Not just no, but HELL NO! Its not that I love Tony, it’s that I think Rivers is incredibly overrated. It seems like every time he throws the ball it floats to its destination. That destination over the past two years has been into the arms of DB’s.

  • JERRY JONES

    MR. JONES TELL MR. GARRETT TO JUST PUT MR. ORTON BEFORE IT IS TO LATE IAM GETTING TIRED OF SEEING SUCH WASTE OF TALENT .AND TO LET THE WHOLE TEAM KNOW THEY HAVE TO PULL THIER HEAD OUT OF THIER BUTTS AND START PLAYING COWBOY FOOTBALL PLEASE, IT IS EMBARASSING. TONY WASTE TO MUCH TIME ON THE LINE COACH NEEDS TO MAKE THE RIGHT CALLS . MY GOD GET SOME DISIPLINE ON THE TEAM AND THEY ARE NOT MAN ENOUGH TO PLAY TELL THEM TO GET OUT, GO GET MARK SANCHES I THINK HE WOULD MAKE A GOOD COWBOY I THINK TONY NEEDS TO PLAY BACK-UP NOW BECAUSE IF HE HASN’T DONE IT NOW THE BOYS WILL NEVER WIN WITH HIM THERE. JUST SAYING.