A major headline of the 2017 NFL offseason is going to be where is Tony Romo going to finish the rest of his career. In a league where it is so hard to find a very good quarterback, Tony Romo will be a very hot commodity for any team that is a QB short of a championship run. There's a few teams that could compete for a championship if they were to have a QB of Tony Romo's caliber, so certainly they'll be looking to land him. Ultimately, the Dallas Cowboys, more like Jerry Jones for that matter, will have the final say to where Tony Romo will end up. The Cowboys have a few options on how to handle this situation. They can either keep him on the team as a backup to Dak Prescott, this is the most unlikely scenario since he'd be the most expensive backup QB in NFL history, they can trade him for something in return, or they'll just release him and let Romo be able to decide where his final destination will be. Releasing Romo and allowing him to decide for himself would be the right thing to do if Jerry Jones has as much respect and admiration for Romo as he says he does, although that wouldn't be the smart football decision to make. The Cowboys can get a good return on Tony Romo for sure, and I expect that's what they'll be looking to do.
If the Cowboys can get the right pieces in return this is a no-brainer decision, in order for that to happen the teams looking to get him will probably have to give up a lot, or something of very high-value. Future top 5 pick Myles Garrett suggested that Jerry Jones should trade Romo for the 1st overall pick in this year's NFL draft so they can select him to be the pass-rusher of the future that the Cowboys so desperately need. Would Jerry Jones be savage enough to actually throw Romo to the wolves like that and allow him to join the shit storm that is the Cleveland Browns franchise. That's the only case where I can see Tony Romo ending up on team where he has no shot to compete since the Browns will find a way to screw it all up and still not be competitive whatsoever because lord knows that franchises problems run way deeper than the QB position. Other than the Browns I can see a couple of spots where Romo could land and have a shot to be competitive.
Broncos, Cardinals, Jets, Texans, and the Rams are all places I could see Romo potentially landing if the right deal were to be presented to the Cowboys. The Broncos are the landing spot in which I could see Romo having the most success, they have a championship caliber defense, and they have plenty of offensive weapons to surround Romo. The only reason I could see it not happening is if John Elway feels confident in Paxton Lynch's ability to be the future franchise QB of the Broncos, that's a very possible scenario, in which case Romo wouldn't be on their radar.
The Arizona Cardinals could definitley use Romo's ability at the QB position since they have so much amazing talent already on their roster, only thing is they already have a QB in Carson Palmer who is on the back nine of his career. Swapping Palmer out with another quarterback in a similar situation doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to do, Romo is definitley the better talent, however there's a ton of uncertainty that goes along with acquiring Romo as well. Palmer is considering retirement, although I highly doubt he actually will, if that's the case there's no shot Romo ends up in Arizona.
The Jets are a team that has all the pieces and picks to make this trade viable for the Cowboys, so that's why I really like their chances. If there's one thing the Jets showed this season it's that they have no idea what the future of their quarterback position holds. They proved on a week to week basis after being mathematically eliminated from post-season contention that they weren't confident in either of their young QB's (Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg) by continually sending Fitzpatrick out to play QB knowing damn well he had no future in New York. If I'm a Jets fan I'm sending in letters to the front office for them to make this trade because the skill players on that offense are good, but are aging rapidly, and the defense clearly has the talent to be very solid. I'm sure the Jets will find a way to butcher this so I wouldn't count on it Jet fans.
The Texans somehow won the AFC South despite receiving horrible QB play all season long. If a team that could barely throw the football in the passing league that is the current day NFL, could win their division, and win a playoff game with abysmal quarterback play, then they're just one piece away from being very serious contenders in the AFC. Only thing is the Texans are already paying Brock Osweiler big money to be their quarterback, I don't see how they could dedicate that much money to the QB position, and still be able to put together a competitive roster. If it weren't for Brock Osweiler holding the Texans hostage with his massive undeserving contract this would be the ideal move to made, unfortunately the GM of the Texans made a horrible decision that could end up costing them landing a true franchise QB.
The Los Angeles Rams is the perfect landing spot for Tony Romo. He'll inherit a good young running back that's willing to take a big work load, a scary good defense, and he'll get to move to a premiere destination. With the Chargers moving into town these two new LA franchises will be competing to win over the LA fan base, too bad both the teams are pretty pathetic, and lack any sort of excitement in a LA market that already offers so much entertainment for its residents. Rams would need to find some decent wide receivers and maybe another solid offensive lineman to ensure the offense had enough fire power to support an aging Romo, however that's very doable. People will say what about Jared Goff? What about Jared Goff, he proved in a year where rookies around him had so much success that he's not quite ready to be a franchise QB at this level. There's nothing wrong with bringing in Romo so Goff can learn from an accomplished franchise QB, and it'll give Goff time to develop into the #1 overall pick that they hoped he'd be. Romo will help bridge the gap until Goff is ready to take over, until then they need to stay competitive in order to remain relevant in their new city of LA. Rams need this acquisition more than any team, so expect for them to push hard for Tony Romo. If they don't inquire about Romo whatsoever, Rams fans should be very concerned about the job that their GM is doing.
That's all I got for where Tony Romo can potentially land. Who do you think Tony Romo will be playing for in the 2017 season?