Why Tony Romo should want nothing to do with the Jets

The report surely sent shockwaves around these parts.

The Broncos, according to NFL Network, are not interested in Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo? Not inclined to trade for the four-time Pro Bowler?

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Could this mean the Jets, absent a franchise quarterback for decades, have a realistic shot at acquiring Romo's services this offseason?

First, the thing you must remember: This isn't about if the Jets are interested in Romo, but if Romo is interested in the Jets. 

The NFL is a cold business for most players and teams. With Romo, though, it's a bit different. His relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is especially close. They "love" each other, one league source previously told NJ Advance Media. So Jones likely isn't going to ship Romo somewhere he doesn't want to play.

Two agents estimated Romo's trade value as a second- or third-round draft pick. But just because Jones would get decent return for Romo, doesn't make it any more likely he would deal him to the highest bidder. Not after all Romo has done for Jones and the Cowboys. 

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The Cowboys are more likely to do their homework, gather offers, then take them to Romo and say: Pick your desired trade destination. For Romo to relocate to Florham Park, he'd have to want to play for the Jets.

"Anything is possible," a second league source told NJ Advance Media. But is this an ideal situation for an aging quarterback looking for a championship? No.

The Jets aren't on the brink of a title. They appear headed for a full-on rebuild. Romo will turn 37 in April, and has legitimate injury concerns. He hasn't played a full season since 2012. Does he want to spend the final years of his career playing for a team with little to no hope of a championship? Probably not. 

Romo needs to figure out what he wants. If he just wants to play, the Jets make sense, as do several other quarterback-needy teams (Bills, 49ers, Bears, Jaguars). If he just wants to win, they don't.

The issue? There aren't many winning teams just a quarterback away.

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The Texans could use him, but they gave Brock Osweiler a $72 million contract last offseason. The Broncos don't want to trade for Romo. The Cardinals could be a wildcard option if they cut Carson Palmer, but that would mean taking on $13.25 million in dead money. The Chiefs? Maybe, but they'd need to trade Alex Smith.

The Patriots, Steelers, Falcons, Raiders, Packers, Giants, Seahawks, Dolphins and Lions -- all of the other 2016 playoff teams -- are set at quarterback. The Bucs, Titans, Saints, and Redskins -- four teams which just missed the postseason -- have quarterbacks, too.

Teams will want Romo, no doubt. One agent estimated "five or six will be all over him." But will they be the right teams for Romo, who has already made $127 million in his career and probably just wants to win at this point? 

Romo isn't in the same situation as Matt Cassel when the Patriots traded him to the Chiefs, or Jay Cutler when the Broncos moved him to Chicago. Those guys were potentially ascending. Romo is clearly declining. 

If Romo wants to win, his pickings could be slim. Heck, his best option may be staying put in Dallas as Dak Prescott's backup. But if he just wants to play, teams will line up to acquire his services.

Until he decides, a marriage with the Jets is nothing more than bar talk.

Connor Hughes may be reached at chughes@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connor_J_Hughes. Find NJ.com Jets on Facebook.

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