Word around the NFL rumor mill is that Tony Romo will be released by the Dallas Cowboys. The Chicago Bears should stay away.
The never-ending saga of the Chicago Bears quarterback situation will hit a fever pitch this offseason. Jay Cutler is expected to be released and the Bears will be seeking another quarterback. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to release Tony Romo. While many fans want to connect the Eastern Illinois dots between Romo and Bears GM Ryan Pace, I think the Bears should say “NO!” to Romo.
If we want to compare the merits of Romo and Cutler, Romo is the more accomplished quarterback. He’s got a 78-49 record as the Cowboys starter while Cutler has a .500 record since landing with the Bears. Romo has four Pro Bowl trips compared to Cutler’s one, which happened to be from 2008, his last season with the Broncos. Romo has a higher completion percentage, a higher TD%, and a lower INT% than Cutler.
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Romo is also three years older and way more fragile than Cutler. Romo sat out the 2016 season due to a bad back. Cutler has not played 16 games in a season since 2009, his first for the Bears.
Romo was never going to get traded by the Cowboys because of his cap hit, a nearly $25M ding which the trading team would have to take on. That’s really steep for a 36-year old quarterback with an injury history.
Romo is a great target for a team which believes they’re a quarterback away from the Super Bowl. Think about the Denver Broncos or Houston Texans. Both have elite defenses but missed badly with their quarterbacks. Romo figures to command a decent market value, which should also price him out of Bears market.
The Bears are not a quarterback away. They need a lot more help than their signal caller. By the time the Bears are ready for a Super Bowl, Romo will be retired. Getting Romo would only serve to stunt the development of the quarterback position. It’s time for the Bears to find a young quarterback and let him develop while the team develops around him. It’s time to move forward, not backward.