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Fan Friday 2-10

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2017 – 11:32 am

Into the offseason we go. Franchise and transition tag window opens next week with the NFL Combine and free agency on the horizon. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills rank the following in likelihood from high to low. Romo, tyrod, rookie qb, someone else not mentioned starting.

Jonathan Yedin

CB: I’m going to put Tyrod first on this list only because he’s on the roster and under contract. Right now he’s the path of least resistance. He’s an asset that’s already here. A lot of national reporters are operating under the assumption that he’s as good as gone. I don’t subscribe to that contention. I believe it could go either way.

A rookie quarterback is a distinct possibility because regardless of what happens with Tyrod Taylor the team will have to add at the position. Obviously if the team moves on from Tyrod it would only increase the likelihood of that happening, and then this would move to the top of the list in terms of likelihood. But even if Taylor remains a Bill, EJ Manuel is a free agent. They’ll probably need another arm.

Romo is probably more likely to end up in Chicago, Houston or even Kansas City. At age 37 and with a long injury history it’s not an investment that looks all that attractive. There’s no denying his talent and his won-loss record, but at this point in his career the risk seems higher than the reward.

2 –
@ChrisBrownBills Tyrod unwilling to take a pay cut (don’t blame him), does that cement his dismissal?

Lyndsey D’Arcangelo

CB: The reports that Tyrod is unwilling to restructure his deal with the Bills makes sense. First, despite the popular opinion that his contract is cost prohibitive, Taylor would be tied for 16th among starting quarterbacks in terms of average salary if the Bills pick up his option.

The past two seasons Taylor has finished seventh and ninth in Total QBR (ESPN metric).

Business-wise Taylor knows in a thin free agent quarterback market that he would be at the top of the free agent list if he was released by Buffalo, where he could potentially sign an even larger contract than the one he has with Buffalo.

Does it cement his dismissal?

I think that’s a strong way to paint the situation. While a lot of NFL business decisions are made because of money, I think the bigger factor in this particular decision is the collective opinion of the Bills front office in terms of whether they believe they can do better at the position than Taylor.

The front office has understandably been tight lipped on that subject.

That doesn’t mean money won’t be a factor. It’s probably 1A. But you have to be convinced that your product on the field can be more consistent and productive with someone besides Taylor. Then the next step is determining if that someone you have in mind is an asset you can realistically acquire.

3 –
@ChrisBrownBills You’re in charge on Draft Day. Do you take QB Trubisky or WR Williams?


CB: This is a pretty easy decision to make based on what I think will happen in the draft. Of course as I’ve mentioned in this column before we’ve yet to see what’s acquired by the Bills in free agency. That could change their approach in the draft.

But in an effort to provide an answer I will say that this quarterback class does not appear to possess more than one prospect who is going to help a team on the field this year.

Trubisky is probably the closest thing and he’s a quarterback who couldn’t get on the field before this past season. All that being said I don’t think Trubisky falls out of the top three picks. Cleveland, San Francisco or Chicago all need quarterbacks, so one of them will take him off the board long before Buffalo is on the clock.

Going under the likely scenario that he’s off the board my preference in this particular draft is to wait on drafting a quarterback. None of the other QB prospects are NFL ready and that will continue to be a trend with the college game separating further and further from the NFL game (no huddling, no audibles, no calling plays). So that would leave me taking Mike Williams at 10 under your parameters.

4 –
@ChrisBrownBills Which RFA’s do you think the #bills will tender and at which comp. level?


CB: I think it’s a lock that they tender Mike Gillislee and Ryan Groy. Both had exceptional individual seasons for the Bills last year. In fact I think it wouldn’t be surprising if they tried to sign both players to long term deals to keep their cap figures more manageable.

Colton Schmidt had a bit of an up and down season last year. With a new coaching staff there’s always the chance that they could prefer someone else to Schmidt. Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman is still on the staff so that may help Schmidt’s cause.

The other thing to remember here is tendering Schmidt at the low level does nothing in the way of compensation protection. Schmidt was undrafted, so tendering him at the low level only gives you right of first refusal.

I’d be surprised if IK Enemkpali is tendered a qualifying offer.

5 –
@ChrisBrownBills any time frame on Kyle Williams’ decision on retirement?

Ian Campbell

CB: When we spoke to Williams at the Pro Bowl it was clear he was still decompressing from the season. He did say he was encouraged by his initial conversations with new head coach Sean McDermott, and it’s clear his teammates are trying to get him to return.

I would anticipate that the club would ask that he make a definitive decision before free agency opens in March.


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Jones not sure how they’ll resolve Romo issue

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2017 – 11:34 am

NFL reporters are running wild with speculative reports about Tony Romo’s next possible destination knowing he won’t be re-assuming the starting quarterback role in Dallas, after Dak Prescott’s remarkable rookie season. But in a local radio interview in Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones explained how they’ve yet to come up with a viable solution on how to handle Tony Romo knowing he still wants to compete in the NFL.

“The team we have, especially the offensive side, was built for Tony,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “This is what it is. It’s a juncture we have to address. I don’t know how ultimately we will resolve this and nobody should be alarmed because you don’t have all the answers. There are some issues here that you just have to see how the cards are playing. But we’ll work to this.”

The Dallas Morning News cited Jones and Romo’s close relationship, which Jones also referenced, believing it could help them come to a viable solution together.

“The main thing is we will work through it,” Jones said. “We have a sound enough foundation together that on an individual basis, we will get through this.”

Romo has a 2017 cap hit of almost $25 million and the Cowboys are projected to be $10 million over the 2017 cap, so moving him off the roster could be tricky knowing cutting him or even trading him with his current contract would put more than $19M in dead cap money on the Cowboys books.

A restructuring of his deal is a must to even make moving him off the Dallas roster feasible.

The Bills have been one of several NFL clubs mentioned by NFL reporters as a potential landing spot for Romo this offseason.

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Cowboys place TE Escobar, QB Romo on I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2015 – 10:37 am

The Cowboys made a pair of roster moves Saturday as they officially ended QB Tony Romo’s season as well as that of TE Gavin Escobar.

The Dallas Cowboys placed Escobar and Romo on injured reserve on Friday. The club signed QB Jameill Showers (Texas-El Paso) and DT Casey Walker (Oklahoma) to the active roster from their practice squad.

Romo suffered a second break to his collar bone after returning from the initial injury midseason. Escobar has been dealing with an achilles problem.

The Cowboys are starting Kellen Moore at quarterback Sunday against the Bills.

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Austin expected out vs. Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2011 – 10:40 am

Cowboys top wideout Miles Austin is expected to miss at least this week’s game against the Bills after suffering a hamstring injury.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Austin is having an MRI on his injured hamstring today (Monday) when more will be known. After Sunday’s game QB Tony Romo sounded as if he does not expect to have Austin this week.

“It’s going to be hard without him,” Romo said. “He’s an explosive player who is outstanding in everything at that position. Obviously we’ll have to do some things to counter it.”

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No south of border trip for T.O.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2009 – 1:39 pm

Terrell Owens provided a taste of his sense of humor as the team broke for their long weekend on their bye week.

Owens was asked if his bye week plans included taking in a Lakers game (he’s a big NBA fan) or getting some sun on an island somewhere. Here was his response.

“You never know,” said Owens. “I’m definitely not going to Mexico. Not going to Cabo. I’m just going to relax. I may go through Dallas and then go on to L.A.. Just try to get some relaxation in.”

Owens was poking fun at former teammate Tony Romo’s getaway with former girlfriend Jessica Simpson to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, during the bye the Cowboys had in January 2008 before their first playoff game against the Giants, which they subsequently lost.

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Romo avoids T.O. questions

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2009 – 6:25 pm

Having not spoken publicly about the Cowboys’ release of Terrell Owens since it happened, Dallas QB Tony Romo was peppered with questions about the team post-T.O.. Romo apparently sidestepped them all according to and admitted he misses not seeing the guy around.

Romo is in a tough spot in Dallas. With Owens not there anymore the perception is that the team will have better on field chemistry. But without him on the field making plays could prove more difficult for the Dallas signal caller. Not exactly a fun scenario for Tony.

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