Although coach Vance Joseph has preached an open competition between the incumbent starter and the 2016 first-round draft pick, Siemian remains the favorite to be under center in Week 1.
After speaking with Joseph, NFL Network's James Palmer told Omar Ruiz of Up to the Minute Live that Siemian has the "upper hand" entering the offseason program.
Siemian might have been widely viewed as a pet project of former coach Gary Kubiak, but the new coach has been impressed after taking an in-depth look at the 2016 game film. Despite subpar pass protection and an inconsistent ground attack, the Broncos coaching staff believes "he played very well last season," Palmer added. "They believe he played at a higher level than many assume," the rest of the story went on to say.
Tony Romo's retirement to the broadcast booth took one quarterback out of this offseason's game of musical chairs.
Even with a dearth of capable quarterbacks on the open market and few pro-ready signal-callers in the draft, one man can't sniff a gig: Jay Cutler.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on Good Morning Football that Cutler's market is almost zilch.
"I've had a lot of conversations with general managers or head coaches talking about where these quarterbacks are going to land and it is unbelievable that Cutler's name rarely, if ever, comes up," Rapoport said.
The story went on to say with Romo out of the mix and Houston heading into the draft with injury-prone Tom Savage as the starter, the Texans have been pondered as a landing spot for Cutler. But Rapoport reiterated that the Texans don't view Cutler as a fit -- he added Colin Kaepernick is also not a fit for Houston.
Tony Romo is retired, with one caveat:
If the Dallas Cowboys ever need him in an emergency, he'll fly out of the television booth, suit up and play savior for Big D.
That's the word from NFL Network's Jane Slater, in the wake of Romo's retirement.
"In his head right now, he has not ruled out coming back to Dallas if in fact they ever needed him, because, God forbid, there was an injury, that he could see himself in a savior role for the Cowboys," Slater said Tuesday on NFL Network's Good Morning Football.
As the story states, this boils down to simply: If Dak Prescott suffers a catastrophic, Teddy Bridgewater-esque injury, Romo could unretire to try and save the day. The story added one would assume the injury would have to take place early in the season, and not late-season, for Romo to shake off the rust and leave the broadcast booth.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is leaving football and going into broadcasting, even with Dallas planning to release him Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN.
Romo has received interest from CBS, Fox and NBC, and can choose to be a color commentator where he wants. That move could come as early as Tuesday, sources said.
But the decision to leave football already has been made. His run as the Cowboys' quarterback -- and an NFL player -- officially ends Tuesday.
The story went on to say Dallas is expected to designate Romo as a post-June 1 release, softening the blow against the Cowboys' cap this season. Instead of counting $24.7 million in 2017, Romo would count $10.7 million this year and $8.9 million in 2018. The Cowboys would gain $14 million in cap space, but it would not become available until June 2. But after Tuesday, Romo will no longer be with the Cowboys.
In the immediate aftermath of Dak Prescott doubling his season interception total and starting a one-game losing streak, the Cowboys were quick to insist that the rookie quarterback was still their guy.
(The fact those interceptions went from two to four and he had won 11 straight prior to that likely led to their conviction.)
But when questions cropped up in the aftermath about the possible availability of Tony Romo and what it would take for Prescott to lose his grip on the starting job, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was just as forceful.
“You can make it as simple or as complex as you want to make it,” Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “It’s pretty simple for us: Dak’s going to play quarterback as we go forward.”
As the story said, there’s reason to wonder, as Prescott has failed to top 200 yards in any of his last three games, and was shaky at best against the Giants Sunday night, with Dez Bryant continuing to be a bit of an afterthought in the offense (catching one pass for 10 yards against the Giants).
The Cowboys have clinched a playoff spot with four games remaining, so naturally there will be questions about resting key players in the final weeks if they're able to lock up home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Jerry Jones doesn't sound interested in resting starters.
"No, I see us more as business as usual," the Cowboys owner and GM said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM]. "What it does allow you to do, is when you've got guys on the fence with injury, not pushing them. It just would be smart.
"But I don't know that you gain anything at all with, you just use good sense. The other part of that is the obvious, you don't want to take the edge off. ... You want the team to stay very physical as you enter these playoffs."
Backup quarterback Tony Romo hasn't played in an NFL game in over a year. Does Jones want to see him get some snaps before the team enters the playoffs?
"I want to do what gives us the best chance to have Tony contribute to a championship," Jones said. "I do want Tony to be ready to go in case that Dak [Prescott] should have an issue, health wise. That gives us strength going into the playoffs.
"Not from the standpoint of necessarily protecting Dak ... but from the standpoint of having Tony the readiest to come in and play would be my quick assessment."
Dallas will likely get a bye in the playoffs so it wouldn't make a lot of sense for the team to rest starters in weeks 16 and 17, essentially giving them three weeks off. But it's possible Week 17 could be one where the starters get at least some rest, especially if a bye and home field advantage is clinched at that point.
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“Dak Prescott, and what he’s done, he’s earned the right to be our quarterback,” Romo said in a prepared statement. “As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record, and that’s hard to do. If you think for a second I don’t want to be out there, then you probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning. That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever.”
Related players: Dez Bryant
Not really any issues with Bryant playing this week but he's officially active and ready to go against the Steelers.
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Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. Romo has been cleared to play, though it looks like the Cowboys are going to roll with Dak Prescott for now.
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Related players: Dak Prescott
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