The Buffalo Bills are mired in the longest active postseason drought in the NFL, currently sitting at 16 years and counting. No, the Bills will not be making the playoffs this season either, so that number will climb to 17.

Throughout the playoff drought one position has clearly been lacking, a quarterback.

Since Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly retired, these are the QB’s that lined up under center for the Bills:

Todd Collins

Alex Van Pelt

Doug Flutie

Rob Johnson

Drew Bledsoe

J.P. Losman

Kelly Holcomb

Trent Edwards

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Brian Brohm

EJ Manuel

Thad Lewis

Jeff Tuel

Kyle Orton

Matt Cassel

Tyrod Taylor

None of those names scream franchise quarterback, let alone a quarterback who can take his team to the postseason. The Buffalo Bills have talent on the roster, LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins (when healthy), Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes just to name a few. But they lack what successful NFL teams have–a true leader of the offense.

There will be one name floating around NFL circles the rest of this season and more importantly in the off-season– Tony Romo.

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The current Cowboys quarterback has officially lost his starting job to Dak Prescott, at least for the time being, but his days in Big D are numbered. When healthy, Tony Romo is a Top 5-caliber QB and can single-handedly carry a team on his back, something he has done for years in Dallas.

This is exactly what the Buffalo Bills need, and something they have not had since the Jim Kelly era.

Why would he be a good fit?

The Bills rank 31st in passing, averaging a paltry 188 yards per game. Current starter, Tyrod Taylor has never had a 300-yard passing game in his career and it is obvious watching the Bills they struggle in the vertical passing game.

Since 2007, Romo has never had a season in which he averaged less than 247 yards per game passing and owns a career completion percentage of 65.3%.

Romo would instantly upgrade the Bills offense, making defenses respect their passing game and stop stacking the box with eight or sometimes nine players. He would also help the other high-priced skill players on the roster, specifically McCoy and Watkins.

McCoy is having another solid season in Buffalo, but imagine what he could do if defenses weren’t game-planning to specifically stop him and having him as their focal point. The vertical offense Romo would provide will instantly help the running game while making the defense respect other players on the offensive side of the ball.

Sammy Watkins is yet to fully prove he is a WR1, mostly due to health reasons, but also due to the fact that the Bills don’t have a reliable option under center to consistently get him the ball. With Romo, Watkins instantly becomes a true No.1 WR and can finally justify the Bills trading up and giving up a future 1st round pick to get him.

Tony Romo also comes with a legitimate amount of respect in an NFL locker room. Players love playing with him and coaches love being able to coach him. Wade Phillips said years ago having Romo at QB is like having a coach on the field. He is a franchise QB, even at 36-years-old and can help end the Buffalo drought.

What will it cost?

There will be many teams lining up in the off-season to get Jerry Jones on the phone, making their pitches to secure Romo. This of course, will drive up the price for the signal-caller, but the Bills and 15 other teams will have an advantage. That advantage is being in the AFC. I highly doubt the Cowboys will trade Romo to another team in the NFC, knowing he still has a lot left in the tank.

So what might the Bills or any other NFL give up for his services? My guess would be a 1st Round draft pick. That may seem like a lot, but proven QB’s in the NFL are hard to come by and often come with the steepest of prices.

The Bills have given up 1st round picks like candy in the past (Watkins, Losman, Bledsoe just to name a few), and Romo could actually provide value when giving up such a high draft choice.

The question is how much do the Buffalo Bills value quarterback play? They gave a ridiculous contract to Tyrod Taylor this past off-season, but have a chance to get out of that deal after this season. If they do, Romo will be one of the safest bets and will instantly upgrade the quarterback position of more than half the teams in the NFL.

This is a move the Bills must make if they want to stop living in mediocrity and finally bring the postseason back to Buffalo.

 

Dan Schalk is the Founder of MyFantasySportsTalk, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk 

 

 

 

 

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