The Dallas Cowboys are an impressive 5-1 behind two sensational young players. Rookie runningback Ezekiel Elliott currently leads the NFL in rushing yards at 703 through six games. Meanwhile quarterback Dak Prescott is having a fine season in replacement of Tony Romo, a player who was injured during the preseason. Who to play, Prescott or Romo, when the latter is healthy is a question that has received a lot of attention. I'm in favor of Prescott, but in my view all of theNFL trade rumor gossip regarding Romo might actually lead to him getting some of Prescott's playing time in Dallas once he's healthy.

That might sound a little funny, but hear me out. Following Prescott's excellent season to date that has seen him only throw one interception numerous sources and commentators are starting to see Tony Romo as a player to barter. Will Brinson, writing at on October 20th, headlined "Donovan McNabb thinks the Cowboys should trade Dez Bryant and Tony Romo." McNabb, in a recent appearance on the Mike & Mike show, stated "You may want to think about trading Tony Romo and Dez Bryant going forward. Because this is a young team that's all fallen behind their young talent, meaning Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott."

When you have an abundance of talent in one position it does provide some injury insurance and that insurance has helped Dallas this season.

However, when the players aren't injured it creates a situation where you have some game-worthy talent on the sidelines instead of in games.Instead of having to make a painful choice about who you play and who you sit, something that can invite drama, teams oftentradeone of the players to address a roster weak point where depth is more of a problem.

Romo's trade value is not that high

Mike Freeman, writing at the Bleacher Report, commented on Romo's trade value after talking with a team official. Freeman wrote the following on October 19th: "The 36-year-old Romo, one team official suggested, could fetch a mid-round pick 'but not much more because of his injury history and age.'"

Despite his credentials, it seems that Romo's value is not particularly high, something that isn't surprising for the exact reasons that the team official suggests.

Any team that takes on Romo must factor in not just his talent, but the potential that the talent could be dormant on the sidelines due to injury. Furthermore, there are way more years behind Romo than there are ahead of him in professional football.

What that leads to is a simple question: who would want Tony Romo? In general, the answer has to be a team that's interested in a short-term band-aid and that is desperate enough to take a risk on a 36-year old whose body has clearly started to fade.

How Dallas can improve Romo's value

Here's another question: how can Dallas improve Romo's trade value? His historical numbers speak for themselves, but he has nothing in the what-have-you-done-lately column.

Prescott is the QB that I see leading Dallas after Romo heals, yet the Cowboys would definitely be smart to get Romo some playing time still. I don't see the Dallas Cowboys as benefiting a whole lot from a Tony Romo trade unless the quarterback takes a few hits in a game, still comes up throwing, and can still move the ball toward the other team's goal. If Prescott plays every offensive set after Romo returns, then it would really cause some doubt as to the veteran'seffectiveness. That doubt is what makes Romo a questionable trade asset and that doubt has to be mitigated by giving him playing time.

Of course the flip side might be that Romo isn't going to be himself when he returns. If that's the case then all the Cowboys have to market is a ghost.

That could make all the trade rumors nothing but fluff and perhaps the central question in Dallas of 'who should play' will remain for the balance of the season.

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