by: Garret Heinrich (@GarretHeinrich)
The Houston Texans dream of Tony Romo under center for the 2017 season and beyond were dashed on Tuesday when the 36-year-old quarterback announced he would retire and join CBS as a broadcaster. So with Romo out of the picture, it’s time for the Texans to move on. But who do they move on to?
Here are five quarterbacks the Texans can look at to be their guy in 2017 from least to most likely.
5. The 25th Overall Pick In The NFL Draft
Whether it is Pat Mahomes, Mitch(ell) Trubisky, DeShaun Watson or someone else that comes through to the 25th pick. The likelihood of this person becoming the 2017 starter is slim though because Bill O’Brien isn’t huge on rookies starting right away in the NFL.
“I think it’s hard to ask a guy to come in straight from college and Day One he’s a starter on your team,” O’Brien said to ESPN.com this week.
4. Colin Kaepernick
This might actually be less likely to happen than a draft pick starting, but let’s not think it’s all because of the controversy that surrounds Kaepernick. Whether Kaepernick is a distraction off the field for a team (something Bill O’Brien hates) or not, the fact is Kaepernick is not the type of QB that would excel in BOB’s system. He is not a drop back, read the defense pick them apart kind of a QB and that is why he is very unlikely to come to Houston.
3. Jimmy Garrapalo/Kirk Cousins
The Trade market. The Texans weren’t going to trade for Tony Romo, so I don’t know why’d they trade for one of these two guys, EXCEPT that both of these guys could be franchise quarterbacks for the next 5-8 years when Romo was a two-year max option anyway. Cousins at least comes with some track record of success in the NFL while Garrapalo has as much playing time as Tom Savage, with a little bit more success. This option does, however, remove the ability to take a quarterback with the 25th pick and develop a backup plan because you would likely have to include it in a trade to get one of these guys.
2. Jay Cutler and His Butt
Look, Jay Culter seems to be enjoying the offseason.
He has some question marks about whether he can play or not, but he is the equivalent of Tony Romo in almost every way. He’s an aging veteran with injury issues who hasn’t really performed up to his potential in the playoffs but shows amazing skills at times that would give you hope. The problem is Cutler might be thinking like Romo and wondering why he’d subject his body to another year or two of pain when he can run around with his amazingly attractive wife and have fun all day.
1. Tom Savage
Look. It’s Tom Savage. He’s the guy. He has everything.
Knowledge of the system. Upside. An above average arm. No Tony Romo in front of him. In a contract year. A theme song.
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No reason to go with anyone else. You have one year left on the contract for Savage who is entering his fourth season can be franchised for two years after this if you don’t think the 25th pick is coming around how you hope.
Get ready for the 2017 Houston Texans, led by Tom Savage. Still and upgrade from 2016.