If quarterback Johnny Manziel can fall to the Dallas Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones will quickly be looking to trade current starter Tony Romo.
The pandemonium over Johnny Football to the Cowboys started a few weeks ago, but things quickly died down as Jones said that the team already had a good quarterback and that signing a new signal-caller was not a priority in the first round. It appears that the Manziel to Dallas theory is starting to pick up momentum, however, as analyst Todd McShay revealed that he talked to two different sources who stated the 21-year-old quarterback is the first player on Dallas’ draft board.
With some of the most talented weapons in the NFL in recent years, it is hard to understand why the Cowboys have not been able to reach a Super Bowl since 1995. Some will blame this on Jones tampering too much with the team, others will say that Romo isn’t a true leader and some fans have just completely given up on trying to figure out what is wrong in Dallas.
With the 30th ranked pass defense and the the 27th ranked defense against the rush, the obvious answer to help and improve the Cowboys would be to add a defensive playmaker. Prospects like linebacker Anthony Barr and free safety Calvin Pryor could help to tighten things up on defense, but it looks like Dallas is moving in a different direction.
As a 34-year-old quarterback coming off of two recent back surgeries, Romo’s days in Dallas are numbered to begin with. The team is going to take a huge hit in the salary cap because of the aging quarterback over the next few years, and it is obvious that Romo is never going to lead the team to the promised land. He is by no means a bad player, but there needs to be a new field general for the Cowboys.
Most organizations interested in Romo would most likely just wait for him to be cut rather than make a trade, but there are several teams that would be interested in adding him in a starting role. Keeping Romo around just does not make sense for Dallas, and Jones could have quietly researched interest for his starting signal-caller. It is as good a time as any for the team to find a new identity, and Manziel could be the catalyst for change.
If Manziel is drafted by the Cowboys, Romo’s time in Dallas will be severely limited.