Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) watches from the bench against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo Traded To Texans For #1 Pick; Cowboys Will Draft Manziel

Note: This story was published on April 1st. 

Unconfirmed reports are coming out of Valley Ranch this morning stating that the Dallas Cowboys have agreed in principal to a trade with the Houston Texans that will send their starting quarterback approximately 250 miles south. According to multiple unnamed sources, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has been traded to the Texans for the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft in May. In order to complete the trade, Romo will have to pass a physical and be cleared medically first. And there is slight concern over this medical evaluation as Tony is recovering from offseason back surgery.

In addition to Romo, the Texans would also receive the Cowboys first round pick in 2014 (16th overall), plus Dallas’ first and third round picks in 2015. Romo has already reacted to the trade on Twitter:

ROMO Tweet APR1Wasting no time, a press conference is scheduled for later today at Valley Ranch presumably called by Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. It is expected that Jones will announce the Cowboys intentions to draft former Heisman winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the newly acquired top pick as Romo’s replacement. One unnamed source close to the team claims the Cowboys have been playing possum when it came to Manziel for the past month:

“This appears to have been (the Cowboys) plan all along. Ever since interviewing him at the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, the Dallas front office has had Manziel zeroed in as their top pick. Their decision to not fully attend his pro day and neglect to set up any private workouts with him have all been a smokescreen to set up this trade. They didn’t want another team sneaking past them for Manziel.”

It has been no secret that Manziel has wanted to play for Dallas as the Texas native was actually born during half-time of a Cowboys game.  And it’s assumed Jerry Jones fell in love with Manziel during a lengthy conversation the two had at a Cowboys home game after Johnny Football began playing at Texas A&M. Here’s what the young prospect had to say about that fateful meeting to the Star Telegram last month:

“I got a chance to meet Jerry. I didn’t know him. To get a chance to sit there and talk with him – the guy is an absolute football fanatic. I really enjoyed meeting him. Until my mouth was sore from talking, and my ear was tired from hearing all of it, we sat there in his suite at Cowboys Stadium and talked for hours. It was awesome to see how he really is, how passionate he is about everything. Me growing up as a Cowboys fan – I was born at halftime of a Cowboys game – that would almost be a folktale in the correct direction.”

The writing has been on the wall for some time concerning the status of Romo. Failing once again to lead his team to the playoffs, the quarterback’s recent rash of back surgeries was a major medical red flag. Especially for a player who will turn age 34 before the 2014 regular season begins. Last year, Romo was the fifth oldest starting quarterback in the league when the season began. The addition of former Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to the Cowboys coaching staff was expected to raise Romo’s game in 2014. Instead, that move now appears to have been made in order to prepare a young quarterback to take over the reigns of America’s Team.

Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) warms-up prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

And, in other news, former Dallas head coach Jimmy Johnson is supposedly returning to the Cowboys as general manager. And Jerry Jones has just sold the team to Mark Cuban. And…of course, if you are reading this you should be congratulated. You have successfully “sniffed” us out. Like the tweet above, this entire story is a farce and completely phony. Happy April Fools Day from the entire Landry Hat Staff!

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  • Tony Hernandez, III

    Geez, for a few minutes there I was a very happy Cowboys fan. Not that I do not think Romo is a great QB but that the Cowboys had made a Hugh move. Actually, it would have been a very good trade for both teams.

  • Earl Robertson

    Right when I seen the headline I knew it was a lie! For one no team would trade for an old qb when they have a chance to draft one that could give them 15 years

  • n0ble

    LOL! If somehow we got Manziel it would set this team back for about 5-7 years. Nice.

  • BradAustin

    That trade would have been fishy at best even if it was just Romo straight up for their 1st rounder (Manziel). Who knows what JM will do with having to read pro secondaries and the guys chasing him not being outclassed. RG3 eluded them for a bit and we all saw how that turned out. Now he’s gotta play from the pocket and it’s effected him greatly. I’d have done the trade by giving up Romo and a 3rd…nothing more. Why? Just to be able to dump Romo’s gigantic salary on someone else so we could acquire tons of talent going forward with the savings. Romo’s salary gone by itself would fetch 3 high caliber free agents next year.

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  • Trey

    Worst April Fools Joke Ever -_-

  • Old Frog

    I was able to suspend disbelief (and was even a little excited) until they threw in the 16th pick this year and the 1st and 3rd in 2015. Even Jerry isn’t that crazy. Romo for the number one OK, but Romo and our entire future for the number one, no way.

  • YJ

    April Fool’s day, folks.

  • Alex Darden

    Say what you want but I must tip my hat to The Landry Hat staff. Epic!!! I wanna go defense or o-line just as much as the next SMART cowboy fan. But I’m also man enough to admit the unknown that is JFF is almost to enticing. Nice

  • Vincent Hammons

    lol cowboy fans really thought the texans would make a trade with their rival sad

  • Vincent Hammons

    i can’t believe cowboys fans actually think romo is worth a first pick that better come with 2 first from their end to make it work

  • PaulTX

    Trade Romo and a 3rd to the Texans for the 1st. Trade your 1st and 16th to the Rams for a 2nd and 13th. Let Orton play this year. Come in last, and draft a good QB next year.

  • Shila Savage

    Seriously..i was so excited because i actually thouht that romo was being traded….with me being a cowboys fan and everything,i think that romo being traded would be a great move for the team..that was an amazing april fools joke #disappointed #smilingalittleinside #youguysarecrazy

  • Ronnie

    Why is everybody on Romo I am a huge cowboy fan and Romo is not the problem start with that terrible ass defense!!!!!

    • Dady

      Your right bro. I bet you also think shit don’t stink.

  • Juanito Juanito

    it could be good for romo to have a chance to have a ring, becouse with cowboys doubt it

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    The article was actually believable because Jones has a history of selling the farm for one player. If the trade were true I would be happy for Romo because he would have a better chance at a Superbowl ring.

  • Rfisher34

    Every one is bashing tomorrow for being a chock artist .., does anyone remember how much heat that Payton manning took with the colts before he actually won a super bowl?….. our defense constantly lets us down……

  • Rfisher34

    Typo…..Tony romo and choke

  • agentorange13

    You would be insane to trade a no 1 pick in this draft for an aging qb coming off of neck surgery….really hard to fall for

  • JerryJonesSux

    If only this were true!

  • Pete Vieira

    I fell for it,you AHOLE

  • Joseph Mentor Nichols

    I would love it if this were true!