If you’re fan of Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch, it’s OK to exhale.
If you were hoping for Tony Romo, try not to clench.
This on-again, off-again romance with the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback appears to be? Off.
I put it to John Elway directly Monday during a break from the NFL owners’ meetings. If Romo is released next week, would the Broncos talk to him?
“It’s not the intent to go that direction,’’ Elway told 9News.
It’s been known for months the Broncos would not entertain acquiring Romo through trade. However, the Broncos were expected to make a play for Romo if he were to be released to free agency.
That was back on March 8, the eve of free agency. When Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones contradicted reports by not releasing Romo, it appeared the Broncos gradually cooled.
A source told 9NEWS it wasn’t necessarily Romo’s injury history that increasingly concerned the Broncos as how quickly those injuries occurred in recent years.
Romo broke his left collarbone twice in three games in 2015. After missing the rest of that season, he returned in 2016 only to suffer a compression fracture in his back during his second preseason series of 2016.
Three big hits and three breaks for Romo. That may be overstated, but only slightly.
Still, until the “intent” to not pursue Romo is changed to “will not” pursue Romo, his story will have life in Denver. There are always ways to structure a contract, after all, to protect a team against another injury from a fragile player.
“I agree. Until Tony’s thing gets resolved in Dallas, it’s going to be a topic,’’ said Broncos’ head coach Vance Joseph. “But right now, I feel good about our two young guys. I really do.’’
Bronco players report for offseason work on April 10 -- two weeks from today. Siemian is still recovering from surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder but come training camp, there will be in a serious competition with Lynch for the starting job.
Meanwhile, it would be a surprise if the Cowboys allow Romo to participate in their offseason training program. If he gets hurt lifting weights, the Cowboys could be stuck with his $14 million salary in 2017.
It makes sense for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to attempt to trade Romo during the NFL Draft, when most trades occur. The draft will be held April 27-29.