The future is very uncertain for Tony Romo. The only thing anyone knows is that Romo is going to sit on the bench for the near future, playing the role of mentor and cheerleader for Dak Prescott, and subject to millions of close-in camera shots every time Dak does something, good or bad.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday morning that there will be a robust trade market for Romo this offseason, with multiple teams interested in the services (the Broncos and Cardinals have been heavily bandied about) and Romo potentially fetching as much as a second-round pick.
There’s also one nuclear-esque option out there: retirement. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that walking away from the game “is a consideration” for Romo.
The decision to walk away as a member of the Cowboys for the entirety of his career would largely depend on how the season goes and how Romo feels.
Should this happen, Rapoport says to “expect him to stay within the Cowboys’ organization.”
Worth noting: Jason Witten, Romo’s longtime Cowboys teammate and general BFF, doesn’t think Romo is going to retire after the 2016 season.
Jerry Jones already pointed out how Romo would be a “great offensive coordinator” already, and he’s worked with Prescott to help get the rookie quarterback ready to play at a high level. Maybe Jones was foreshadowing without really knowing what he was talking about.
It’s far too early to tell what Romo is going to do in the future. He certainly believes he has high-level football left in his body, because he fought to come back from a preseason injury and reportedly asked the Cowboys for an opportunity to win the starting job back from Prescott.
So the idea of him walking away is a little far-fetched when you look around the landscape of the league and realize just how few high-quality starting quarterbacks are available.
The QB carousel could be even wilder this year, with Jay Cutler potentially out in Chicago and several other teams with veteran quarterbacks struggling at the position. There will be interest in his services if he’s willing to play.
The biggest issues for a team interested in Romo will be working out a deal with the Cowboys and with Romo to acquire his services.