Time to Acquire Heir to Tony Romo's Throne

Johnny Manziel wasn’t the answer.

Neither are Brandon Weeden, Kyle Orton, Stephen McGee, Jon Kitna, Brad Johnson, Brooks Bollinger.

The question, of course, is who will be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback once Tony Romo retires? Or, perhaps, is forced to retire?

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Despite that forgettable list of players that have thrown a pass since Romo took over as starter midway during 2006 and oblivious to the cries of gullible fans who wanted to draft the troubled former Heisman winner, Romo‘s successor is less clear than America’s infatuation with Wrestlemania.

In other words, it’s time. Romo turns 35 next month, and it’s time for the Cowboys to acquire the heir to his throne.

After all, they may not be as lucky this time. Remember, they were stumbling through post-Troy Aikman starts by Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Henson when Romo fell into their training camp as undrafted free agent.

“We do have to look to the future relative to quarterback,” owner Jerry Jones said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix last week. “It’s starting a time frame where a guy could come in and be a good backup. Look at how Romo evolved into the guy he is today. He did a little time with the clip board.”

The Cowboys have had a plethora of suitable stop-gaps, but never a clearly defined next long-term starter.

Baylor’s Bryce Petty will visit Valley Ranch before the NFL Draft. If there’s a chance he can be their starting quarterback in 2020, the Cowboys should draft him. Because that player won’t be Tony Romo.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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