DENVER -- Romo wasn't built in a day, colleague Woody Paige told me on Denver7 Sunday night.
True, but they are laying bricks of quotes every hour to begin the construction project. The Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo remains a popular subject on radio shows, blogs and in super market lines. Would he be the right move for the Broncos, either through trade of a mid-round pick (See Packers swap of Brett Favre for a fourth-rounder as a potential template) or as free agent signing?
Romo has $54 million remaining on his contract over the next three years with a manageable $14 million salary in 2017. And if Romo wants to help himself he will restructure to land in a desired location. For now, the Broncos' focus remains on moving forward with young quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. The switch in offensive philosophy under Mike McCoy should help Lynch compete for the starting job. Lynch excelled in an uptempo, shotgun attack at Memphis, and admittedly struggled in his transition to the under-center approach demanded in Gary Kubiak's offense. This becomes a huge offseason for Lynch to take a step forward.
The Broncos' winning with a young quarterback would free up money to address other needs, specifically the offensive line. The Broncos moved up in the first round to land Lynch for a reason. And yet....
Until Romo's situation resolves itself he will remain a talking point. Appearing on NFL Network on Sunday, Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware were asked if Romo would fit in Denver?
"In John Elway I trust. And if he does bring him over I think Tony Romo will fit good in McCoy’s system. I mean it’s a no-huddle, uptempo offense. I think it’s going to be similar to the Cowboys," said Sanders, who has made the Pro Bowl in two of three seasons with the Broncos. "He has Demaryius Thomas and some wide receiver (number) 10 on other other side. I feel he has targets. I feel that we would win ballgames with Tony Romo and potentially a championship. But at the same time I think Paxton Lynch played in a spread offense and I think he can be successful. And I think Trevor can be successful. We will see what we do."
Ware knows Romo well as a longtime teammate of his in Dallas. The veteran quarterback is a four-time Pro Bowler, who is 2-4 in the postseason and 78-49 in the regular season. However, Romo has played in only five games since Dec. 28, 2014, posting six touchdowns and seven interceptions, undermined by multiple collarbone injuries and a broken bone in his back.
Ware framed the delicate issue of balancing urgency with the future.
"(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?"