He’s 34, has declining sub-package skills, costs the team $6.8 million toward the salary cap and remains an off-field concern, in line for a one-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. On many other teams, that would make him an easy cut. In Cincinnati, however, he has plenty of support for us to say he’s safe.
A crosstown move hasn’t really helped Smith extend his career, as Josh Johnson is looking like the team’s preferred veteran backup to Eli Manning and the No. 2 in front of rookie Davis Webb.
Cleveland got its draft pick from the deal with the Texans. Now that Osweiler has flamed out and showed little trade value, he should quickly go from a buried No. 4 behind DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler to an easy cut.
Romo went on to list Dallas’ offensive pieces, from Dez Bryant to offensive linemen Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith and Zack Martin. (Practically the only player Romo didn’t name on Dallas’ offense was his replacement at quarterback, Dak Prescott.)
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At every position they’re very good, Romo said. They’re going to be hard to beat. If anybody can handle Zeke being out it’s them.
Romo also had high praise for wide receiver Cole Beasley, whom Romo referred to as the most underrated player in the league.
He’s like Julian Edelman or a Wes Welker, Romo said. We started to put things in the system a few years back and he’s the guy they want to go to on third down. He’s just really hard to guard.
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Romo said it ultimately will be impossible to replace Elliott, but with the likes of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris in the backfield, Dallas will manage until Elliott returns to the field.