The Dallas Cowboys saw the end of their Super Bowl dream when Tony Romo suffered a fractured collarbone in Week 2 of the NFL season. Although the quarterback made a valiant effort of returning for the team's match against the Carolina Panthers, the Dez Bryant squad only fell short. Moreover, the risky move simply re-injured Romo and pushed the football team further down the rankings. With no reliable quarterback to take over Romo's role, the Dallas Cowboys sank lower in the league - something the Jason Witten squad aims to resolve as soon as possible.
Hence, the NFL offseason promises a major deal involving the Dallas Cowboys and a free agent. With the quarterback post up for grabs, the football community eagerly awaits what will happen next for the once promising team. As of late, a controversial name has been constantly attached to the Dallas Cowboys: Johnny Manziel.
The former Cleveland Browns quarterback was cut by his team following months of partying and disruptive behavior. However, it was the recent domestic violence case filed against him that pushed the NFL team to finally release the player. Despite his shortcomings, it appears that some football teams are still interested in Manziel. In fact, rumors are circulating that Jerry Jones might want the troubled quarterback in the roster as a sub for the injured Romo.
In an interview with KESN-FM 103.3, Joe Theismann noted that Romo might not be able to last long in the league. The former NFL quarterback shared that the collarbone injury of the Dallas Cowboys star can potentially end the career of the 35-year-old. When asked to estimate the remaining number of years Romo has in the NFL, Theismann answered two.
"I worry for Tony," Theismann said. He added, "He's broken that collarbone three times. Unless they're putting something bionic in there; he's always gonna wind up landing on his shoulder, landing on his elbow, having people land on him. And there's a susceptibility to injury. I hope and pray Tony gets through this year in one piece. I do not see a three or four-year career. I think two at best. I would say it's probably a two-year window for Tony."
Despite the danger of losing Romo soon, Theismann feels that Manziel will not be a good fit for the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, the former NFL quarterback also disregarded Robert Griffin III. According to Theismann, both stars will only feel discontentment as they play second fiddle to Romo.
Theismann noted, "The Dallas Cowboys and Robert Griffin III are not a good fit because of Tony Romo's presence. You're saying to a guy whose been a starter, who wants to be a starter, 'Come in and be a backup for two years and and possibly learn and it'll be your job.' That's not Robert. That's not gonna happen. And it would be foolish for him to bring him in. Just like it would be foolish to even engage the opportunity to bring in a Johnny Manziel in Dallas. You need to go find somebody who can play the position who's on the open market."
This point from Theismann brings to the center stage Tim Tebow. In trying out for the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL hopeful performed remarkably alongside Sam Bradford. He also exhibited the attitude of a team player and an unselfish star. Hence, Tebow could make a good backup quarterback for Romo.
"More than likely, the Cowboys would be able to get Tebow on a very cheap contract," pointed out Evan Massey of Forbes. He added, "He [Tebow] would likely sign for the veteran's minimum contract. Tebow would likely be signed to a one-year deal worth around $700,000 to finish out the year on the Dallas roster."
Massey also pointed out that Tebow presented himself as a "very solid all-around quarterback" during his stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. He continued to note, "He showed major improvement to his arm and was still more than capable of making plays with his legs as well. That type of ability to be a dual-threat quarterback would give the Cowboys another weapon offensively."
Both Tebow and Manziel are Heisman Trophy winners. Who do you think is the better fit for the Dallas Cowboys?