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2017 NFL Combine: Tony Romo Could Steal The Show As QBs Look To Stand Out

Sean Martin



2017 NFL Combine: As QBs Look to Stand Out, Tony Romo Could Steal the Show

There are many great things to say about the 2016 Dallas Cowboys, but the most factual yet awkward thing about this team was that they had - without question - the best backup QB in the NFL. Tony Romo conceded the starting quarterback job to fourth round rookie Dak Prescott, and now the best QB in the history of the Cowboys is looking for a new home.

While any Romo "news" that we have gotten to this point is mostly speculation, there will be plenty of actual NFL news coming this week from the 2017 Scouting Combine. Draft fans everywhere will not only learn about the prospects we've been studying for weeks. but more about who their team is actually targeting.

If your team is in the market to potentially target a new starting quarterback in this upcoming draft, I offer my apologies nearest Dak Prescott content.

You can see how I have some of the QBs in this draft graded so far on my draft board, and the outlook for this class is a dark as ever.

Drafting a quarterback is rarely the safest pick any team can make in the first round, and Tony Romo is a proven commodity sitting on the market ready to either turn a franchise around or land a contender in the Super Bowl.

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A Tony Romo trade is still unlikely, but one way or another the groundwork for his future could be laid out at this Combine. Last year, the NFL Combine was the stage for the Titans and Rams to pull off a blockbuster that landed Los Angeles the #1 overall pick and eventually QB Jarred Goff.

Any number of teams can have similar conversations to the Cowboys about Romo, all while potentially watching this 2017 class of quarterbacks - the cheaper, and much more long term alternative to Tony Romo - underwhelm on the field in Indianapolis.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Cowboys don't have definitive plans to meet with Tony Romo's representatives while in Indy this week

What makes this story even more interesting is the fact that, at least publicly facing, the Cowboys are coming off with no sense of urgency when it comes to dealing with the elephant in the room that is Tony Romo.

The reality of this news is that the Cowboys' message to teams around the league may be that they're are all-ears on Romo trade talks, which can occur more privately without Dallas prefacing the Combine as an auction for their star quarterback.

The last thing teams want to do before the draft is sell out their draft strategy, and until you put in the assets required this offseason to land Tony Romo, every QB-needy team will be in the market for the Mitch Trubisky's or Patrick Mahomes of the world.

Steve Wiltfong on Twitter

The Cowboys do the NFL Combine on another level.

If you're living in a world that hasn't accepted that Tony Romo isn't going to be part of America's Team in 2017, then you might as well get ready for Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles to both back up Ezekiel Elliott.

The future for the Dallas Cowboys is still as bright as ever though, thanks in large part to their haul in the 2016 Draft - with that process beginning as always at the Combine.

This year's Combine will not only be an opportunity for Dallas to evaluate prospects that could land in the silver and blue, but to attempt (maybe for the last time) to also get something out of Tony Romo.

2017 NFL Combine: Tony Romo Could Steal The Show As QBs Look To Stand Out

The National Football League never sleeps, and the biggest story coming out of the 2017 Scouting Combine may very well involve a ten-year NFL starting quarterback instead of the prospects that will continue to make their own headlines up until April.

Tony Romo's saga, and the constant roster build 32 clubs go through during this time of the year, is absolutely fascinating.

Tell us what you think about "2017 NFL Combine: Tony Romo Could Steal The Show As QBs Look To Stand Out" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

  • Bret Lewis

    On another subject… All the rather sobering news coming out in the last two days on Jaylen Smight’s knee NOT firing. Should we just accept he might be a good linebacker but never a great one? How big a setback is this?

    • Sean Martin

      Bret, everything is still so hard to say definitively about Jaylon Smith. Your expectation should be that he is going to attempt to do something very difficult by playing with this brace, and the results of doing so in terms of impacting performance aren’t really known.

      With all the talent in the world, let’s just hope we see a “good” Jaylon Smith on the field soon.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    rumor: Coussins to SF, Romo to Washington and # 2 overall pick and Cowboys #17 overall pick

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Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup

Kevin Brady



Jekyll or Hyde: Year 3 "Prove It" Season For Dak Prescott? 1

Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.

Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.

Brandon George on Twitter

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman

Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.

In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.

Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.

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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

Mauricio Rodriguez



David Irving

For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.

Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.

In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.

Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.

The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

Sean Martin



Cowboys 2016 Draft Class: Who Will Be The Stand Out In 2017?
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.

Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.

Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.

A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.

This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.

Jason Witten's Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.

Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.

Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.

Tell us what you think about "Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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