FRISCO, Texas -- We know what Tony Romo is doing next. He will be the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports.
But there are many who believe he will return to the game as a quarterback somewhere at some point in the future to fulfill the one goal that slipped through his grasp: a Super Bowl. To me, the only place Romo would consider for a return is the Dallas Cowboys because of his loyalty to Jerry Jones.
But it’s the second part of this Twitter question that to me might speak more to Romo’s long-term future.
Jones often said over the years he could see Romo as one of the best offensive coordinators because of how the quarterback sees the game. But I think Romo would have higher aspirations than just coordinating an offense.
I can see Romo being more than intrigued about putting an entire team together one day in the future, like what John Elway has done with the Denver Broncos. Romo knows offensive football, but if you asked Cowboys defensive players, he provided as much insight into their jobs as some coaches over the years. He knows what a play looks like.
In his new job with CBS after 10 seasons as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, Romo will be able to meet the NFL’s difference-makers and get to do to them what he does to a lot of people: charm them, make them feel special and give them rare insight into the game.
Romo as an offensive coordinator? No. Romo as general manager? Perhaps.
On to the rest of the mailbag:
@toddarcher: It’s fun to play these games, especially with the Cowboys, who are always floated as possibilities for big-name players. That’s just how Jones likes it. The question asked here isn’t if the Cowboys will go after Richard Sherman. It’s if they should go after the cornerback. I will answer both questions: No. Sherman is a terrific player. He has 30 interceptions in his six NFL seasons, all with the Seattle Seahawks. He is one of the best in the league. He is a true competitor. So why wouldn’t the Cowboys go after him, and why shouldn’t they go after him? He’s 29. After making $12.5 million last season, he's due a combined $22.4 million over the next two. I’m not saying he’s worth it, but I’m going with what the Cowboys have showed us here lately: They will not pay age or for past performance. They do not want to give up draft-pick assets, and it would be costly to get Sherman. Too costly. If the Cowboys were to make a run for a cornerback via a trade, then I believe Malcolm Butler of the New England Patriots would be a better target. Not necessarily because he is a better player at this moment, but because he is two years younger. That might not seem like much -- and it might not be much -- but to me, I would rather take the younger player with more upside because of that youth. A couple years ago, one of Jason Garrett’s slogans was, “Hah,” like, "Man, this guy has got it." Butler has that “Hah.”
@toddarcher: Their focus is on the draft. They don’t have any cap room at the moment to do anything, although that is somewhat misleading because the Cowboys can restructure Jason Witten's contract and turn in Doug Free’s retirement papers and gain nearly $9 million in cap room. But there’s another reason why they won’t sign a free agent. Once May rolls around, signing unrestricted free agents does not play a part of the compensatory-pick formula. As it stands right now, the Cowboys are looking at three or four compensatory picks next year for their losses of Ronald Leary, Barry Church, Terrell McClain and Brandon Carr. Now, most of the players currently available should not get big-time deals to affect the formula anyway. By waiting until May, after the draft, the price tag drops more. After the draft, the Cowboys will be able to survey their roster, see their remaining needs and then strike. That’s where the Cowboys currently sit.