RomoWatch: Jerry Jones To Allow Teams To Contact Tony Romo
So is a Broncos/Romo meeting finally going to shake this situation loose? The answer to that is nobody really knows.
The most likely outcome is this goes all the way to the draft. The Broncos have been very patient in their pursuit of Tony Romo, and likely won’t stop now. Jerry is likely going to hold on to him to make sure he gets the best possible offer.
Despite the media leaks of little to no interest, John Elway and Vance Joseph have had multiple opportunities to officially close the door on the situation and have yet to do so.
The Broncos have used their cap space very carefully, and have saved a good chunk with a purpose. Some like to suspect that the Broncos are saving this space for a veteran left tackle via trade. However what they fail to realize is just how high the market is for the potentially “available” left tackles.
With Russell Okung and Andrew Whitworth signing deals worth more than $12 million a year, and a thin 2017 draft class of tackles, the trade values of Joe Thomas, Joe Staley and Jason Peters has skyrocketed. It would take significantly more than a first round pick to secure either Staley or Thomas. These two are still playing at a very high level, and their contracts are 33% lower than that of Okung and Whitworth who are both lesser players.
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There is simply no way the Broncos are going to be trading for any of these guys at the prices that teams are asking for. The money is set aside for Romo, despite what they would like the public to believe. There will be a time when Elway either attempts to secure Romo via trade, or upon his release before or up to the draft.
There is always the possibility that Romo retires, and some think that is a very real possibility. However, most close to the situation have maintained that his preference is to play. There is just over three weeks to go until the draft. Buckle up Broncos Country, Romo Watch just took a new twist, and the Broncos are likely to get in on this soon.