According to Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers apparently almost pulled off a trade back in the day that would have sent Brett Favre to America’s Team.
This crazy, wacky and wild near-miss came to light via Ed Werder on his “Doomsday Podcast” with Matt Mosley. Mosley conveyed what Romo said about it back before Romo was a big deal. The two of them chatted about it during a round of golf.
“He talked about during the round about how the Cowboys had had an interest in trading for Favre late in his career when he was available, [Bill] Parcells was the coach.
“I said, ‘Oh yea, I kind of heard that.’
“And he said, ‘Well you know, the deal went dead when the Packers asked for me to be in the trade.’ “And now I’m like, ‘Oh really the Cowboys didn’t trade for Favre because they didn’t want to give you up?’ And maybe it was true as it turns out, right? He was good enough as it turns out! He had a hell of a good career!”
It’s crazy to imagine a world in which Favre played for the Cowboys and Romo ended up in the land of the Cheeseheads. Obviously it never went down, but my goodness the landscape of the NFL might be a whole lot different if that trade had gone down.
This proposed trade that fell apart must have occurred before 2006, which was the last season Bill Parcells coached the Cowboys. Romo’s first action as a member of the ‘Boys occurred in 2006. So he might not have even had a single start to his name when the Cowboys rejected the trade because Romo was being requested in exchange for the aging Favre.
It goes to show that, despite his faults, Jerry Jones is nothing if not loyal to his players. He must have already seen the potential of Romo to become a star to turn down a trade for Favre at that point in his career.