This is my prediction for the offseason. Before the 2017 NFL Draft, two more Pro Bowl Cowboys will join the list that already includes Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. Smith and Frederick have restructured their contracts saving Dallas nearly 17 million towards the salary cap.
Expect both 14 year vets who rode the bus together to Valley Ranch on their first day with the team. Yes, I am talking about BFF’s Jason Witten and Tony Romo. Their situations may be different, but my prediction is that they will both be wearing Blue, Silver and White for 2017.
Both of these men came into Dallas, their only belongings were “their own expectations” of self. For 14 years that has been enough for these two. No predictions nor guarantees were made about these two when they were rookies.
Witten is bound for the Hall of Fame and still has at least two good years in him. Witten has been the consummate leader, bowing only one time in his glorified career to the pain of playing in this rough/competitive sport. Jason is skilled when it comes to finding the open spaces no matter who is taking the snaps from Frederick. He also is a competent blocker.
A lot of trash has been spoken about Tony Romo over the years. The truth is, there is a strong chance that Witten may be the only more dedicated player to the Cowboys’ organization than Romo. Romo is also the only quarterback to take every single snap in a season for a team that began in 1960.
Coming to the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, Romo spent more time in his first four years with the clipboard than his helmet. Romo has kept his smile, through the roughest two year period in his career since high school (2015-2016) when he had to watch the game from the sidelines. It is never easy to look at your best days in the mirror.
When the scrappy young man from Eastern Illinois University finally received his chance to start, he never looked back. Romo holds and will retain several Cowboy records for many seasons to come.
Tony ran this offense when the team wasn’t very good. Yet, with his drive to win, Romo carried this team during those seasons. If the Cowboys won at all during those years, the game heroics were placed on Romo’s back (not a pun) and he carried the team with his elusiveness and his BFF Jason Witten.
Romo is the best option at pushing the growth of Dak Prescott. No one else will come into camp and push Dak for the job as hard as Romo will. Besides, there is NOT a better alternative at back-up, a player who knows this offense and knows how to make it work, other than Romo. And at 37, Romo will eventually retire as a Cowboy. Hats off to you Tony Romo.
My prediction of Romo remaining with the team has to do with his age, the number of hard hits he has sustained over the years, his injury history as a starter, the reluctance of any team to pay him his contract as it stands and the fact he has restructured his contract several times before. Plus, we don’t want Tony Romo to beat us wearing someone else’s team jersey!
Both of these leaders will restructure to better the team. For the front office to improve this team the Cowboys are going to have to secure at least one defensive end, either in free agency or through the draft. But, even first round drafted defensive ends rarely come plug and play.
Predictions are just that, predictions; however, I have been right many times in the past. Who else out there is ready for some Cowboys Football? Go Dallas.