The New York Jets have some major question marks at quarterback but make no mistake about it, Tony Romo isn’t going to fix anything.
It’s literally almost every offseason that the New York Jets have issues at the most important position on the team. At this point in time, the Jets only have two quarterbacks signed for next season which is Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. While it might be enticing for the Jets to entertain the thought of acquiring another veteran free agent quarterback, it’s best they actually stay away from quarterback Tony Romo.
It’s hard to predict what will ultimately happen to the Dallas Cowboys signal caller but in the grand scheme of things, he’s another quarterback that is past his prime. Sure, he’s had success in the past but with a plethora of injuries, the Jets must stay away from acquiring him.
Right off the bat, Romo will more than likely want a good amount of money for his services. The Jets already have salary cap issues and will need to make some serious cuts/contract restructures to have some financial breathing room heading into free agency.
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The Jets have many glaring issues across the team ranging from their offensive line, defensive secondary, and even quality depth in their overall pass rush. They need to get faster on defense and honestly, dumping money into Romo, who would be playing behind an inconsistent and aging offensive line, is a recipe for disaster.
Another factor to consider is, why would Romo even want to come to the Jets? One can imagine he’d want to head to a team that is close to pushing the envelope towards a Super Bowl championship. Teams like the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, and even the Houston Texans present clearer ways for Romo to be in a position to win it all in the final few years of his prolific career. The Jets are far from contention and are a team rebuilding over the next two years.
The Jets should simply stick with their current options at quarterback and build around them. Petty should be able to earn a starting position in an open competition come training camp against Hackenberg and since the Jets are strapped in salary cap finances, they should be able to afford an inexpensive veteran quarterback as an insurance policy. Someone that can mentor the young quarterbacks around them and help them in their continued development.
For a team that hasn’t had a consistent franchise quarterback in place, to put another band-aid at the position for another year or two wouldn’t be smart. The Jets need to see what they ultimately have in Petty and Hackenberg then go from there. Romo isn’t going to fix anything or magically deliver a championship to the Jets anytime soon. It’s best they use that money they would waste on him and bolster the other serious issues that need to be addressed.