With Tony Romo's future such a hot topic right now, any ripples in the pond are going to get attention. Lately, all of the ripples have been coming from the Denver Broncos.
Two prominent Broncos players have chimed in on the idea of adding Romo this week. What's more, Romo was just photographed hanging out with the greatest Bronco of all time and the current general manager.
At this point, there's little question that Romo will no longer be with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017. It seems now we're just trying to figure out how that will happen, either via a trade or just a release. Anything that makes it appear a team is truly interested in Tony, especially this early, is a good sign if you want Dallas to get something back in Romo's departure.
Let's look at each of these Denver-related ripples and see how telling they really are.
Emmanuel Sanders Wants Tony Romo
After four years with Ben Roethlisberger and two years with Peyton Manning, you can't blame Sanders if he has a high bar for who's throwing him passes. He went to the Super Bowl as a rookie and again last year, finally winning a championship. He saw firsthand what Manning's veteran presence did to help Denver claim the crown.
As recorded by Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk, Sanders would be very happy with the idea of Tony Romo taking over at quarterback for the Broncos:
“I believe I would benefit But one thing about it is: I'm always gonna take it back and I'm just gonna put it on John Elway. In John Elway I trust. If he does bring him over, I think Tony Romo will fit good in [offensive coordinator Mike] McCoy's system. It's a no-huddle, up-tempo offense. I think that it's gonna be similar to the Cowboys. I think he has Demaryius Thomas and some receiver No. 10 on the other side. I feel like we will win ballgames with Tony Romo or potentially a championship.”
To be fair, though, Sanders didn't completely forget about the guys who he worked with in 2016. Still, it was clear he didn't see them as the best options.
“At the same time, Paxton Lynch played in a spread offense at Memphis and he can be successful. I think Trevor can be successful. We'll see what we do. I can't sit up here and say ‘Bring Tony Romo!' because I also have two other quarterbacks that are playing really well too.”
It's interesting to note that Denver already has the guy, Paxton Lynch, that the Cowboys coveted in last year's draft. How ironic would it be if Lynch got to spend a year or two behind Romo after all?
Clearly, Emmanuel Sanders has put some thought into this. His talk about the style of the offense and Romo's potential fit shows this wasn't just some spontaneous response. Given that, you have to wonder who else he's discussed this with in the Broncos organization.
DeMarcus Ware Wouldn't Mind a Reunion
For eight seasons in Dallas, Ware and Romo fought together to try to return the Cowboys to Super Bowl glory. After becoming a salary cap casualty in 2014, Ware joined up with Denver and finally got his ring. You know he would love to see Tony enjoy the same experience.
Like Emmanuel Sanders, Ware was positive when considering the possibility of Romo joining the Broncos. However, the 12-year veteran was a bit more careful in his remarks. He made sure not to throw the young quarterbacks under the bus, as reported by Troy Renck:
“(Romo) will be a great fit. But you got vested guys already in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. You gotta think about the kind of message do you want to send to the team. Do you want to send to them just like when I came in (with) (Aqib) Tailb and Emmanuel — is it a right now thing? Or do you want to use your vested guys sand say we are going to build this team way we want to build it?”
Even if Tony Romo joins the Broncos there's no guarantee that he would be playing with DeMarcus Ware. After only appearing in 10 games due to injury this year, Ware goes into 2017 as an unrestricted free agent. He turns 35 this summer and may have a hard time finding work, especially after season-ending back surgery.
Just Hanging Out With John Elway
Perhaps the most intriguing ripple came from a recent political event in Washington D.C. As you can see below, Tony Romo was in some interesting company.
At this time there is no official word that Tony Romo has been given permission to talk to other teams. If Romo and John Elway did discuss his coming to Denver, it would fall under the NFL's tampering rules. The Broncos would be subject to fines and potential loss of draft picks.
Let's get real, though. We know tampering happens and it's just a matter of who's smart about it. Romo and Elway could have easily talked shop over cocktails and nobody would ever know. Frankly, it's naive to think that they didn't.
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If the Denver Broncos really do want Tony Romo, the next thought for us Cowboys fans is what we might get in return. It's very hard to answer that because we don't know just how much Denver feels they need him.
The Broncos do have a window to capitalize on their great defense, making it dangerous to wait on one of their young quarterbacks to develop. They may feel that adding Romo allows them to maximize their current talent and compete in the AFC now while Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian gets ready for the future.
Because they have those two guys, though, Denver has plenty of leverage. They certainly won't give up a first-round pick for Romo and I doubt even a second-rounder. After investing a first in Lynch year, they won't double down on quarterback with high picks in consecutive seasons.
There are, of course, lots of other ways this could go. Dallas might accept a later pick rather than lose Romo for nothing, or they may look at trading for a current Broncos player at a position of need. Then again, Denver may just wait things out assuming Romo will get released and sign him as a free agent.
Perhaps all of this is for naught and Romo isn't even on Denver's radar. However, at this early stage it's the most that any one team has been talking about or seemingly connected to Tony. These few ripples are only the beginning, though, of a flood of speculation.