News broke this week that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo decided to hang up the cleats and grab a headset as the former signal-caller accepted a job as an NFL color commentator with CBS, reportedly replacing Phil Simms on the No. 1 team for the network.
The move was a surprise to some, as reports all offseason have suggested Dallas was actively looking for a trade partner for Romo and would release him if they couldn't move him.
The latter seemed more likely, as Romo's cap hit with a new team via trade would have been $24.7 million this year alone. A guarantee to restructure the deal would probably have been the only way a team would have been interested in a trade.
Alas, none of that matters, as Romo has retired and is on to the next chapter. Now teams who were rumored to be pursuing Romo have to make different plans — namely the Houston Texans, who were most often connected to Romo.
The Texans traded Brock Osweiller to the Cleveland Browns this offseason and are left with only third-year QB Tom Savage and fifth-year QB Brandon Weeden on roster.
Savage — the presumed starter — has played in just five career games (starting 2) and completed 56-of-92 attempts for 588 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while losing two fumbles.
Weeden, who started 23 games for Cleveland in his first two seasons in the league, has only made a pair of appearances in his past two seasons, and is currently on his third team in seven years in the league.
Needless to say, quarterback is the weakest position on a Houston team tha is loaded on defense and has a top-10 wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins who is just begging for a competent quarterback to deliver him the ball.
The Texans have voiced their confidence in Tom Savage, but Houston should be thinking hard about selecting a quarterback with their first pick in 2017 — the No. 25 overall selection.
It seems the best quarterback available at No. 25 would likely be Notre Dame product DeShone Kizer, who is slated No. 27 overall (Kansas City) by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and No. 33 overall (Cleveland) by ESPN's Todd McShay.
Will Houston wait until their second pick to grab a quarterback? Could they grab Kizer, who is admittedly raw, with their first selection? Are they content heading into the season with Savage and Weeden as their 1-2 at the position?
The Texans have plenty of decisions to make heading into the draft, and Romo's decision to retire certainly affects their quarterback plans. Time will tell which direction the Texans decide to take heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.