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Trading Tony Romo is Cowboys' top offseason priority

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The NFL is just one Cowboys loss away from a Tony Romo news takeover.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday the Cowboys' "No. 1 priority this offseason is trading Tony Romo. Barring retirement, which I understand is still a possibility for Romo, he is not going to want to be the Cowboys' backup next season."

Rapoport added that it might not be easy to find the perfect dance partner for the four-time Pro Bowler. Dallas might find itself in a Sam Bradford-type situation, where it holds onto the quarterback until he reaches peak value.

"It's no secret that his No. 1 spot would be the Denver Broncos, but from what I understand (trying to acquire Romo) is something the Broncos are not inclined to do," Rapoport said. "Then you start to think about where can he go? Maybe the Bills, maybe the Bears, maybe the Texans. All of those things would have to be a perfect fit. And from the people I'm talking to, trading Tony Romo would be a lot harder immediately this offseason than anyone really anticipated."

There's a lot to unpack here, but it's important to understand that the Cowboys' respect for Romo and their desire to trade him are mutually exclusive. While that might seem harsh, Romo apparently has made it clear he has no interest in backing up Dak Prescott beyond this season. Owner Jerry Jones' ability to get Romo in a place that makes him happy and affords him the chance to start is the best thing he can do for his longtime franchise passer.

It seems like we're in for a slightly less breathless version of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes from a few years back. Romo is an obvious upgrade over the current QB situations being experienced by the Bills, Texans and Jets.

As Rapoport mentioned, the Broncos, with a pair of capable young quarterbacks, do not seem like they are interested in Romo at the moment even if he sees them as his favored destination. Don't forget about the Browns, Bears and 49ers, the latter of which has yet to hire a new head coach. Still, all three could conceivably use a starting quarterback.

Only once every few years does a player of Romo's caliber become available. He essentially had an entire season of rest to boot, which could help ease worries about his injury history.

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