(SP) – While the Texans decided against aggressively pursuing a trade for former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, which led to Romo’s retirement this week, Houston officials say they are “very interested” in dealing with Dallas for another quarterback on the team’s roster.
“I think there is maybe the perception that since we didn’t trade for Romo, we’re not interested in trading with Dallas at all,” said Texans general manager Rick Smith. “That’s not the case at all. When I peruse their roster, I think Dak Prescott is definitely a player we would be open to adding under the right circumstances and for the right deal.”
The 23-year old Prescott won the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2016 after quarterbacking the Cowboys to a 13-3 record before getting bounced from the playoffs on a last-second, 51-yard field goal. On the Texans side, they have a talented roster but only Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden on their QB depth chart.
Asked what would be the “right circumstances” and “the right deal” for Houston to acquire Prescott, Smith said: “Well, it has to work for both sides, obviously. But we continue to be completely screwed at the quarterback position so, as a starting point, I think we’d be willing to trade all of our next three drafts, our 2020 2nd Round pick and either J.J. Watt or Jadeveon Clowney and we will pick up all of their remaining salary. But we can be flexible.”
Smith said he would also really appreciate it if the Cowboys gave Houston a bargain in the trade.
“We had four opportunities to draft him last year and didn’t,” said Smith. “It would be nice if the Cowboys weren’t jerks about it and gave us a bit of a do-over.”