Although we've heard rumors to the contrary, the odds are the Dallas Cowboys are going to wait until Thursday, March 9, to officially release quarterback Tony Romo, to save themselves a serious chunk of dead money.
When Dallas does release Romo, all signs point to the Broncos pursuing him hard. Romo wants to come to Denver. It's almost, but not quite, a foregone conclusion.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1760181-elway-at-the-combine-what... But what about Trevor Siemian? Currently the most experienced quarterback under contract in Denver, Siemian would find himself in no-man's land on a Romo-led Broncos team.
Denver invested a first round pick in Paxton Lynch a year ago, and even if Elway wanted to trade Lynch, the Broncos would be hard-pressed to find a partner who would return a first-rounder in exchange for the former Memphis gunslinger.
That means that when the music stops in the Mile High City, it will be Trevor Siemian left standing without a chair. Mile High Huddle has learned through multiple sources, some of which have been publicly reported, that the Broncos will try to trade Siemian if they land Romo.
Denver area radio host Benjamin Allbright has mentioned Buffalo as a possible landing spot for Siemian, with former Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison now with the Bills. Our own sources have confirmed that as a viable possibility.
Erick Trickel reported Sunday night that the San Francisco 49ers, now under the leadership of Kyle Shanahan, would also throw their hat into the Siemian ring. It has since been reported elsewhere. Trickel's report was a premium story, which I might add, is example of why you should go premium today.
9NEWS' Mike Klis made a good point about San Francisco's purported interest in Siemian.
If the Broncos were to acquire Romo, Elway figures to almost instantly receive trade requests for Siemian, starting with the San Francisco 49ers. New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan communicated during his head coach interview with the Broncos he was impressed with Siemian, who is scheduled to make a ridiculously affordable $615,000 this season and $705,000 in 2018 as part of his rookie contract.
Siemian is affordable. He's experienced and he's young.
He's exactly the type of player who could buy a team like the Niners, who are rebuilding from scratch, the time they need to patch other holes on the roster and develop a long-term plan.
Ultimately, with Tony Romo on the roster, a proven, upper-echelon quarterback, and the presumptive long-term successor Paxton Lynch, the Broncos wouldn't need Trevor Siemian.
The successful teams in the NFL find a way to get value out of their Draft picks one way or another, especially the compensatory picks.
The Broncos invested a seventh round compensatory pick into Trevor Siemian, and if two years later they can covert it into a fifth or sixth rounder, that's a net gain for John Elway.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.