Last week, it was reported by ESPN’s Ed Werder that Tony Romo will likely be released rather than traded. Nothing is official but it’s the most probable scenario with Romo’s large cap hit. We asked fans what they thought of the potential decision. As you can see below from our Twitter poll, Cowboys fans are just slightly in favor of the move.
Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should release Tony Romo? #CowboysNation
— @Cover32 Cowboys (@cover32_DAL) February 16, 2017
Regardless of your feelings, Jerry Jones appears to be showing Romo the respect he deserves after the manner in which he handled losing his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott. So, assuming Jerry does go through with it, I decided to look at several teams that would possibly be interested in Romo. This article will focus on the Chicago Bears – the team that I believe would be the best fit for the veteran quarterback.
So, why the Bears? They have Jay Cutler, they play in one of the toughest divisions in football and they are coming off of a terrible season. With all that going against Romo, why not somewhere else?
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First, the Bears are loaded on defense. Head coach John Fox has built Chicago in a similar fashion to those 2012 Broncos that signed Peyton Manning. Fox prefers to play good defense and rely on a veteran quarterback whom will make good decisions.
Sure, Romo has made his share of blunders, yet during the past few years when he’s been healthy, he has been one of the highest-rated, most efficient quarterbacks in the league. Danny Trevathan and Leonard Floyd lead a talented front-seven, with an improving secondary. Fox can coach defense, Chicago just needs the right guy at quarterback and they would be quite dangerous, even in the NFC North.
Secondly, the Bears drafted a rookie in 2016 that was third in the entire league in rushing yards – Jordan Howard. The 5th-round pick ran for 1,313 yards (a Bears rookie record), added 298 receiving yards and 8 total touchdowns.
Clearly, he is a budding star in this league. Plus, nobody is going to confuse the Bears’ offensive line with the Cowboys’. A great rusher is something Romo has proven he can utilize, as his best years came when he had a great complementary running game in Dallas.
Lastly, the Bears have the makings of a very good receiving core. Especially if they keep Alshon Jeffrey to go along with 2015 first-round pick, Kevin White out of West Virginia. Throw in Josh Bellamy and Marquess Wilson, and you have the makings of an explosive, young group.
Nobody expects the Bears to keep Jay Cutler, although, Bears fans would be quick to remind us that it’s still a possibility. Let’s say Chicago does move on from Cutler, what better bridge for the future than a motivated Romo? Stay tuned for other possible Romo destinations.