The Houston Texans have been reported as a front runner to land Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo this offseason as the veteran is expected to be released by Dallas shortly after the league year starts on March 9th.
With the league spread out in front of the 37-year-old gunslinger as soon, if, that release happens, Romo will be able to choose where he signs for the last few years of his career. So what will be so appealing for Romo to come to Houston? Let’s take a look at the largest selling points the Houston Texans have to throw at Romo.
1. Location, Location, Location:
It’s a meager 3-hour 49-minute drive from AT&T Stadium to NRG Stadium. That is about as close you can get to staying a home in the NFL and changing, teams, divisions, and conferences. Which is exceptional for a married man whose wife is expecting their third child to be born in August, just before the season. Romo will want to be around his new child and the rest of his family and the easiest place to make frequent trips to see them will be Houston. He can fly home on Monday night, spend a full 24-hours with his family and be back to Houston Wednesday morning for practice.
2. The Defense
Tony Romo knows not what it is like to play with a top-five defense. He has only played with three top 10 defenses and never a top seven defense. Two of the three times he played with a defense in the top-10 he won the division. The Texans defense is strong. The coaching staff running them are intact and the progression of Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus should only help it. Also, two key injured players are coming back: Kevin Johnson and …
3. J.J. Watt
Oh yeah, that guy. He’ll be back after missing most of the 2016 season. All expectations are that Watt will be 100% for the season and there should be something very empowering about knowing you would have the best defensive player in the league with a chip on his shoulder going out to help you out. He can also line up at tight end for you every once in a while and get you a few more touchdowns.
Plus we’re pretty sure J.J. has an unlimited supply of Spotted Cow in his fridge and the two of them can talk about snow and stuff. (They are both from Wisconsin.)
Tony Romo doesn’t want to be cold. The cold sucks. Houston isn’t cold. It’s nice and warm. When he plays on Sundays in December it won’t be 30 degrees outside. Even if it is 30 degrees outside the games in Houston will be a perfect 75 degrees. The dome (the roof is never open), the weather, all are favorable to Tony Romo to come play for the Houston Texans.
5. Offensive Playmakers
Tony Romo knows how to play with guys who can make plays and the Texans actually have a good bunch on the offensive side of the ball despite their lack of production last year. DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller, and C.J. Fiedorowicz is a pretty good group of guys to get the ball to. Romo would not be lacking to make plays with those guys.
6. All-Time Legend
If Tony Romo came to Houston and got the Texans to a Super Bowl he would immediately be a Houston Football legend. No one has been able to get a Houston Football team to the promise land. There is not another opportunity for Tony Romo better than Houston to become a legend. He would surpass Warren Moon, Earl Campbell, Andre Johnson, Dan Pasterini and everyone except J.J. Watt as a beloved figure in this town. And you can’t ever take that away.