John Elway is reportedly happy with Paxton Lynch as his quarterback, and thus, does not need to trade for Tony Romo.
Should we believe him?
“He wants this Paxton Lynch thing to work,” CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “He wants that to be his quarterback for the next 15 years. He moved up for a reason to get him. Obviously they knew coming from Memphis there would be some caveats, some hurdles, some things they’d have to clear. He wasn’t in anything close to a pro-style offense, he had never really been under center, and if you watched the couple of games he played in last year, he certainly looked over his head.”
Lynch, 23, was 49-of-83 (59.0 percent) for 497 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in three games last season.
“But now you’re talking about a whole another offseason of him having the opportunity to be the man, him having the opportunity to compete with (Trevor) Siemian for snaps – and then four preseason games and then away you go,” La Canfora said. “(Elway is) been-there, done-that with the Peyton-Manning-end-of-the-career, kind-of-steal-a-Super-Bowl-at-the-end thing. That’s not the route they want to go. They’ve got a lot of money invested in other players on that team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, which carries the day. If Paxton Lynch can just be a little bit more than Peyton Manning was two years ago, which was next to nothing, they feel like they can still compete.”
Of course, if the Cowboys release Romo, all bets are off.
“If there’s no market for Tony Romo, could they scoop him up? Sure,” La Canfora said. “But all things being equal, Houston has a more acute need. Houston makes all the sense in the world, Houston got rid of (Brock) Osweiler for a reason, and frankly, Houston should just come to their senses and give Jerry Jones (a third- or fourth-round pick). Incentivize Jerry Jones to make this happen now – because getting Tony Romo in there in the middle of April when their offseason work begins makes all the sense in the world. He should be the face of that franchise, he should be the leader of that offense, he should be the quarterback of the Houston Texans, and Bob McNair should make that happen.”