Even if the latest rumors surrounding Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo are false, it proves the trade market is heating up.
From trade speculation to finding the right college prospects, teams from all around the NFL are getting together at the Scouting Combine this weekend to make decisions that will affect franchises for years to come.
On March 3rd, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport fired off a series of tweets that alluded to a three-way trade involving the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins, and the San Francisco 49ers. Rapoport speculated the trade could send Redskin’s quarterback Kirk Cousins to the 49ers and Romo to Washington.
The Cowboys could, in turn, receive several unspecified draft picks as compensation. This trade is incredibly interesting because no one really thought a division rival would be a destination for the Cowboys former franchise quarterback. There also is the matter of what picks would the Cowboys get?
If Dallas could land the Redskins’ first round pick, it would allow them to pick 17th overall. The more intriguing option would be if the Cowboys could somehow get the 49ers first round pick, which is the second overall in this year’s draft.
But according to Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, the three-team trade rumors are pure fiction.
Regardless, the rumor could spur other teams who value Romo experience into action.
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The goal in trading Romo should be landing multiple first or second round picks if possible, as the Cowboys look to reload heading into next season. If Dallas could somehow hang on to their own 28th overall selection in the process, that would be a huge bonus.
My main notion still remains that Romo will end up in Houston with the Texans at some point this offseason. And that potential trade will result in additional draft picks for Dallas. It has always been a widely held belief the 14-year veteran would have a say in where he ends up. And Houston seems like the logical choice.
Romo’s trade value seems to be at an all-time high right now, so an offer could be made that would be hard for the Cowboys to pass up.
Even if the Redskins prove not to be interested in Romo, the team could still attempt to make a trade with the 49ers and several other teams. But Jones has stated that the Cowboys have left the door open to the veteran staying in Dallas.
That is why the whole notion of Romo deciding his fate is fascinating because he is under contract for the immediate future and will likely negatively effect the Cowboys cap space regardless if he is traded or released. The team would have to make him a post June 1st release to really save cap space. However, Romo would likely have to restructure his contract for a new team anyway.
If Romo becomes a free agent, his biggest offers will come from teams who are not contenders or could potentially end up with less money than if he just backed up Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott. If Romo wants to go to a contender, then he may need the Cowboys to trade him and he should do everything to facilitate that if he does not want to be just a backup quarterback.