Dallas Cowboys: Should The Cowboys Trade Romo?

Aug 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is attended to after getting injured during the first quarter during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is attended to after getting injured during the first quarter during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports /

Since rookie Dak Prescott has being playing sensationally as the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, will America’s Team part ways with Tony Romo?

Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has surprised everyone.

The former Mississippi State Bulldogs signal caller was seen as nothing more than a backup quarterback to Tony Romo and Kellen Moore.

In fact, Prescott received more recognition for guiding the Bulldogs to a number one college football ranking than he did for his quarterback skills.

That changed significantly when Dak lit up opposing teams this preseason, playing quarterback at the highest level.  In 2016, Dak has been throwing and running for touchdowns, throwing crisp passes, playing with poise, leading a fourth quarter victory, and showing leadership.

These are the traits most quarterbacks develop over a period of time. Dak already possess these traits.

Also, we’re still waiting on this talented signal caller to throw his first interception in the NFL. That’s impressive for any quarterback in the NFL – especially a rookie.

As of right now, Dak is seen as the Cowboys future franchise quarterback.

Combine Dak’s outstanding play with Tony Romo’s injury-prone history…should the Cowboys trade Tony Romo?

I know its sacrilegious to ask such a question because to some Cowboys fans, Romo is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). However, it’s a question worth asking because of Romo’s recent injury and the fact Dallas has its future quarterback playing decent.

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The reason I ask this question is because of an unprovoked comment made by the Cowboys COO/Vice President Stephen Jones.

"“I can’t imagine a scenario where Tony’s not our quarterback when he’s ready,” Jones said, seemingly closing the door on Prescott taking the job before jamming it open. . “But things happen. You know that. You know what happened to Bledsoe and [Tom] Brady. I’m sure Tony’s aware of that. But the reality is Tony’s going to come back for us and play great, we believe.”"

Be mindful, Stephen volunteered the scenario about Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady. For those who are not familiar with the Bledsoe- Brady situation, Brady replaced Bledsoe permanently after Bledsoe was injured.

Brady is a four-time Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer.

The reality is Stephen foresees this happening, sooner rather than later. The Cowboys front office knows Romo’s health better than anyone else.

Therefore, they can make an informed decision on whether to trade him or not.

The Benefits of Trading Romo

If Dallas decided to trade Romo, they would receive some high draft picks and some players, depending on his health. Assuming Tony is up to par health wise, several teams would line up and trade for one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Teams in need of a quarterback would vie for Romo services like they did for then free agent Peyton Manning. Of course, Romo isn’t Peyton, but Tony is one talented quarterback who could help a team go far into the playoffs and to the Super Bowl.

Dallas could use the draft picks to shore up that mediocre defense, especially the pass rush. Dallas’ pass rush is so weak that average quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins resemble perennial Pro Bowlers.

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Some of those picks can go towards defensive backs. Although the Cowboys secondary has two interceptions through two games, the defensive backs get beat constantly.

At some point, this team needs a play maker on the back end who can take an interception or fumble to pay dirt.

With several draft picks and players, Dallas will have a young core of players to add and develop to an already talented team. Currently, the oldest players on the team are Romo and Jason Witten.

If the Cowboys want to resurrect a team with a boatload of talent, then they should trade Romo if they believe so much in Prescott.

Trading Romo will be similar to the Herschel Walker trade in terms of star power. By no means will a team be as foolish as the Minnesota Vikings to give up so many draft picks for one player.

Just like the Vikings viewed Walker as the missing piece to a Super Bowl title, several teams in the league feel the same way.

Even though Manning signed with the the Broncos as a top-notched free agent, the team felt like he was the answer to a Super Bowl title. Manning delivered on that promise by winning Super Bowl 50.

Jerry Jones

Mr. hype machine personified, Jerry Jones, can certainly persuade a team to trade for Romo, just like his former head coach Jimmy Johnson did back in 1989. The ring master has sold Cowboys Nation pipe dreams of winning a Super Bowl for 20 years now, so I’m sure he can find a taker for Romo services.

If quarterback Sam Bradford can command a first-round pick, I know Romo can demand the same thing and then some. Besides, Bradford is more injury-prone than Romo.

Do you get my point?

Jerry and Stephen are far from stupid when it comes to players health and willing and dealing in the NFL. Jerry is itching to hold that Lombardi trophy one more time.

Further, Jerry doesn’t want to see Romo get hurt and retire because of injuries, and still paying Tony all of that money not to perform.

If Jerry sees the opportunity to trade Romo for some high draft picks, he’ll pull the trigger faster than a man running in hell in gasoline shorts.

To be clear, I prefer the Cowboys NOT trade Romo. Tony deserves to finish his career as a Cowboy, leading Dallas to a Super Bowl victory.

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But if a team believes Romo is the missing piece to a Super Bowl title and willing to trade away high draft picks, even the most die-hard Cowboys fan will ask themselves, “Should The Cowboys Trade Romo?”