The news has finally hit and the Tony Romo saga has come to an end after a month of speculation, his decision ultimately leading him to the CBS booth to call football and golf. With the news of Romo stepping away from football and the Dallas Cowboys releasing him from his contract, the Houston Texans are still in the same spot with their quarterback situation prior to the Romo soap opera playing out. Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden remain the only two quarterback currently on the roster with the Texans having shipped Brock Osweiler and his contract to the Cleveland Browns to clear their books and make room for a different quarterback.
The Texans had the Romo scenario on the back burner if the situation were to have presented itself, if Romo was released, the team was capable of pursuing him with an incentive laden contract that worked for the Texans. Internally, the Texans were prepared for that moment if Romo were to engage in contract talks as a free agent. There was no chance of the Texans trading for him, even more so with reports pointing to Jerry Jones wanting nothing less than a day-two draft pick for the veteran signal caller. Other unknown factors were the exact contract demands that Romo was requesting and whether the long wait for the Cowboys potential trade partner sped up the clock for Romo to head to the broadcast booth. Clearing up cap space with the Osweiler trade had many assuming that new cap room was for Romo's wallet but that move had nothing to do with a potential Romo signing; the Texans were ready to move on from Osweiler at all costs.
With Romo leaving the picture, the Texans' plan remains the same: focus on the draft and locate potential fits with the draft eligible prospects. This has always been the plan for the Texans, with or without Romo and now it makes it even a clearer picture for the organization. The Texans do not have a quarterback under contract heading into the 2018 season and there is little reason to think they will not have one signed for that season. The veteran options are limited and Bill O'Brien has made it clear they will have three to four quarterbacks in the building by training camp.
This is lining up the way many wanted it to over the past few seasons when O'Brien arrived, draft a quarterback early and see how that works out. The Texans have only drafted two quarterbacks prior to the third round in team history and none of those have come during the Rick Smith era. The highest quarterback selected by Smith as a general manager was the 4th rounder used on Tom Savage and now he is at the end of his current contract.
Romo was an option but not the long term answer or even possibly the short term. It was an option they'll team would explore if it presented itself but it would not deter them from the overall direction of the off-season. Romo or not, the Texans remain committed to adding the quarterback room through the draft.
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