Available Rivers Hurts Romo’s Trade Market
Yesterday, a reporter from the Bay Area dropped a nugget that Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers doesn’t want to play in City of Angels. He’s been outspoken about this before, and it appears like Rivers might be heading for the trade block. Chargers will try to keep him though given his star power. The last thing they want is a rebuilding team gracing StubHub Stadium then both Los Angeles teams are going to be woefully bad. If Chargers do decide to move on from their star quarterback, it hurts the Tony Romo trade market significantly.
— David J. Barclay III (@DjamesIII) January 17, 2017
It’s hard to point to a reason why you would go Romo over Rivers. He’s been well over 4,000 yards in passing in ever year minus 2012. The last time Rivers threw less than 25 touchdowns, it was 2007. He’s tough as all hell not missing many starts through the years. The only two real issues for him are the interceptions can be a problem. Rivers led the league in that category in 2016. And he’s kind of a prick. Bringing the Chargers quarterback into a new locker room will take some time for him and his teammates to gel as one.
As for Romo, he’s a better guy probably, but that’s all he has going for him. The amount of risk involved with pinning your season on a quarterback whose back might be shot is plentiful. There aren’t many people who would look at the two quarterbacks and think ‘Romo would be my guy over Rivers.’ The only ones who think that are Jerry Jones and his extended family.
There are a few teams in need of a quarterback that won’t get their hands on Rivers. Most notably, Denver Broncos, who should be one of the favorites to land Romo. Another sneaky-ish favorite Houston could be more Romo than Rivers if Chargers do not want to trade him inside the AFC although we haven’t see that be an issue for teams in the past. My guess is Rivers will want to play anywhere that’s not a huge metropolitan city.
This could be the best quarterback offseason in awhile. We have Kirk Cousins needing a deal. Jay Cutler is going to be released. Rivers might be on the block, and Romo definitely is. Who needs a rookie quarterback when you can get one of these players?