The Arizona Cardinals had their greatest success on the right arm of a veteran quarterback. Given the lackluster 2013 draft class could they call the Dallas Cowboys about Tony Romo?
Jerry Jones and fans split on the ongoing Romo Question
Things are rarely unanimous in sports or any other profession for that matter. The most common divide often occurs between fans and team ownership. There isn't a more public disagreement than the feelings on Tony Romo. Dallas fans have had their fill of the quarterback out of Eastern Illinois. For all his amazing athletic plays and impressive stats, he has one playoff win in his career and once again threw away a winnable game that would've won a division title. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sees things different. He feels the team wouldn't have so many chances at the playoffs without Romo. It's a classic chicken-egg argument that will see no winners. Only the facts can reveal the bottom line. Romo turns 34 next season. The number of hits he takes every year will catch up to him sooner or later and yet the team still hasn't taken measures to replace him or groom a younger quarterback to take over when he retires. That is why many have taken to forums pleading Jones and the front office to consider trading the quarterback. Though no longer at a premium age he still has all the tools to help a team win. The right deal could give Dallas the needed pieces to stay competitive down the road.
Bruce Arians may have to get creative with poor NFL draft class
The timing is also in their favor. Outside of a few interesting prospects the 2013 crop of college quarterbacks has failed to impress scouts so far. It's a complete turnaround from last year and not great news for teams in need of new passers. A prime example are the Arizona Cardinals. They hired Coach Bruce Arians out of Indianapolis to fix their league-worst offense but even a bright mind like him can't do much without a talent under center. Arians said during media meetings he wants a quarterback with grit. He may not find it this year in the draft or free agency. That leaves taking a risk on an unproven rookie or a trade. Arians worked wonders with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, who has a similar skill set to Romo. It also won't be the first time the Cardinals put their championship hopes in an older veteran. They had their greatest moments when 38-year-old Kurt Warner was under center.
A straight trade for a starting quarterback is never easy. Tony Romo isn't worth the 7th overall pick but there are ways for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals to do business. That is provided Jerry Jones and Bruce Arians don't shoot the idea down outright.
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