Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has almost fully recovered from his back injury that has seen him so far miss the first six games of the 2016 season. While he has been out, Dak Prescott has been playing and he has been exceeding expectations.
The rookie has been playing so well (155 pass attempts without an interception), many are questioning if Romo deserves to start when he returns. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is adamant though that the 36-year-old is his quarterback and he can have his job back when he is healthy.
Right now, the four-time Pro Bowler is close to untradeable due to his injuries and because his contract still has a hefty sum left to pay, so he should start if Dallas wishes to trade him away in 2017. However, if the NFC East side does decide to move him on, here are three possible destinations.
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Time is running out for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to show his worth to the Miami Dolphins. After spending a first-round pick on him in 2012, he is yet to lead the team to a playoff appearance. For all the fundamentals the 28-year-old has, it just doesn't seem to click.
After making Jay Cutler a viable quarterback at the Chicago Bears, and making magic happen with Peyton Manning at the Denver Broncos, head coach Adam Gase hasn't been able to fix Tannehill so far.
While his offensive line might be to blame for some poor performances this season, other gunslingers like Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson play behind poor lines too and still manage to excel, so the problem must lie with Tannehill. Romo could be the answer to Gase's problem until he is ready to draft his franchise quarterback for the future.
San Francisco 49ers
If the San Francisco 49ers wanted Colin Kaepernick to be their starter of the future, they would have started him before this weekend, and they wouldn't have been so concerned about restructuring his contract either.
Kaepernick might be able to save his 49ers career, but if he is unable to, San Francisco shouldn't revert back to the unsuccessful Blaine Gabbert. Instead, they should turn to Romo for a season or two until head coach Chip Kelly is ready to draft his franchise quarterback.
The 36-year-old's big arm will help San Francisco better utilize their passing game than what they have done so far this season, especially their deep-threat wide receiver Torrey Smith, and it will also open more running lanes for running back Carlos Hyde thanks to putting the opposition defense on edge in pass coverage.
It's pretty much a guarantee that Cutler has lost the starting quarterback job at the Bears, but is Brian Hoyer really the answer? Sure, he is playing great right now, but how long is it going to be until he drops off and becomes the player that we all remember him being last year at the Houston Texans?
Romo would be the perfect answer to their problems, as it would provide them with a great quarterback that is able to keep them in games as he has a better completion percentage over his career than both Cutler and Hoyer. He would also be able to help wide receiver Alshon Jeffery reach the next level as well.
The four-time Pro Bowler could very well keep John Fox in the head coaching job in Chicago as well, as he has been largely unsuccessful since joining the team in 2015.