Tony Romo trade: Chiefs could be a landing spot
The Chiefs could be a potential landing spot for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Romo, who is under contract in Dallas through 2019, is likely to be traded with Dak Prescott solidified as the team’s starting quarterback.
“It was noteworthy when Andy Reid was non-committal to Alex Smith,” Rapoport said on NFL Network Friday. “They’ve made a QB trade in the past, doing so for Alex Smith. They’d have to be considered someone who would be a possibility.”
Rapoport went on to say that if the Chiefs did make a deal for Romo, the team would cut Smith. The Bills are also rumored to have interest in Romo’s services with the organization unsure about whether to pick up Tyrod Taylor’s option that would guarantee him $30.75 million.
The Broncos are reportedly Romo’s top choice, but the Denver may opt to move forward with young quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian instead.
While combing through Romo’s possible destinations is intriguing, he still has to decide if he wants to play next season. Rapoport says that retirement is still an option for him.
Philip Rivers seriously interested in San Francisco 49ers
Rivers has made it clear that he didn’t want the team to move, saying he felt “numb” after learning about the relocation. There were rumors that he wanted to be dealt two years ago, and now there’s a report that claims the signal caller is eyeing a move to another West Coast team.
The San Francisco 49ers are coming off their worst season in team history, which forced the organization to fire both head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke. They are looking to replace quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and Rivers would be a significant upgrade.
Rivers led the NFL with 19 interceptions in the 2016 season, but he’s still better than most of the league’s signal callers. His 94.7 career passer rating is good for eighth all-time, and he’s thrown at least 26 touchdown passes in nine straight seasons.
But despite Rivers’ reservations about moving to LA, it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be forcing his way elsewhere. Despite his reservations, Rivers has publicly said he’s looking forward his future the Chargers.
Brown will try to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo, depending on current draft evaluations
The Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers both have significant question marks at the quarterback position, and both will be active over the next three months in trying to address the position. We know Kyle Shanahan will want to build around a quarterback, and it is no surprise Hue Jackson and the Browns will be on the prowl as well.
Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot ran down the Browns-related buzz from the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. Her sources are saying the Browns are interested in New England Patriotsquarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and will try and trade for him depending on how their upcoming draft evaluations progress.
The Browns hold the No. 1 and No. 12 picks of the first round, and with that and a lot of cap space, they are in the drivers’ seat to do a lot of things. Cabot said the team still has interest in DeShaun Watson, but thinks he still has to win over the team. Additionally, she said Mitch Trubisky is gaining momentum among various officials (none identified as being with the Browns) that were at the Senior Bowl.
The 49ers need to figure out what they want to do, and their new dynamic trio of Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch, and Adam Peters will have plenty to figure out over the next three months. Kirk Cousins is someone regularly connected to Shanahan. The team has the assets to trade and sign Jimmy Garoppolo. And of course, with the No. 2 pick, there is a good chance they will have their pick of draft eligible quarterbacks. The Browns are a strong bet to draft Myles Garrett, and barring someone trading up for that pick, the 49ers could take the quarterback they want, if they rate them accordingly.
The next month and a half is going to be long wait. Trades cannot happen until the new league year opens in mid-March. There will be numerous trade rumors at the NFL Combine, and I imagine we will have a good idea of what might happen in the days leading up the open of free agency and the trading period. At that point, we’ll have a good handle on the 49ers plans at the quarterback position, be it a Cousins or Garoppolo, or a rookie and some other veteran option.
Eagles will trade for 49ers Torrey Smith
HOUSTON — In the Eagles search for an upgrade at wide receiver, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman could round back to a potential target from last season’s trade deadline, according to a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
La Canfora suggested Saturday that the Eagles could make another push to acquire San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith this offseason after failing to consummate a deal at the deadline:
“It’s all about receivers for the Eagles as well,” La Confora wrote, while listing the top priorities for every NFL team this offseason. “Yeah, the offensive line needs retooling, too, but getting Wentz someone who can line up outside the hash marks and make a play is a required starting point for the 2017 offseason. They might land Torrey Smithin a trade, but they need to draft a receiver high as well.”