Tony Romo rumors: Broncos expected to be interested, if released
By Matt Conner
The Denver Broncos are believed to be interested in Tony Romo if the price is right, and that means the Cowboys must release the veteran quarterback.
The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are not only AFC West rivals, but they could also be fighting in the near future over another significant asset: a new starting quarterback. Both teams are among the favorites to be the new home for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, and a report from Mike Klis, Broncos reporter for 9News, says the Broncos would actually be interested if he is released.
Romo is not released yet. In fact, the Cowboys could still trade the veteran to get something, but Jerry Jones is said to be close enough with Romo that he might forgo any return on his quarterback in order to help facilitate a move to where Romo wants to go. Romo has already said his favored teams are the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals along with the Chiefs and Broncos.
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The Broncos, like the Chiefs, already have options in place as potential starters for 2017. The Broncos went with Trevor Siemian as their starter last season, and they drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round in 2016. But if Lynch isn’t ready and Siemian’s ceiling is deemed as mediocre, then John Elway might just pull the trigger on a short-term starter to help mentor Lynch and keep the team’s Super Bowl hopes alive.
As for the Chiefs, Alex Smith is entrenched as the starting quarterback, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from flying about KC’s potential as a destination for Romo next season. The team is also looking at their championship window, and an upgrade at quarterback could elevate the offense to another level entirely after looking so lackluster in the playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Romo is 78-49 as a starter in his career, including a 12-3 record in his last full year as a starter. Unfortunately that was in 2014, as he’s dealt with injury issues since then. Romo lost his starting role officially last season to rookie sensation Dak Prescott.