Don’t ever count out John Elway, especially before the fourth quarter’s even begun. It might not even be halftime when it comes to the pursuit of Tony Romo, either, with the Cowboys quarterback expected to be available in free agency when Dallas inevitably cuts him.

But even that isn’t a certainty. There is nothing known about Romo’s future other than he wants to keep playing football. In all likelihood he’ll be gone, because Jerry Jones knows he wants to compete and competition isn’t available in Dallas thanks to the emergence of Dak Prescott.

The Broncos are a logical destination, but the Romo rumors have cooled since it was reported they wouldn’t want to trade for Romo .

Now that it appears Romo is likely to be released and not traded, the stage is set for a fascinating free-agent melee on par with Peyton Manning’s departure from the Colts a few years ago.

According to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver, the Broncos expect to listen and remain interested.

“If Romo becomes available through his release from the Dallas Cowboys – a transaction many observers deem unavoidable because of his monstrous, if non-guaranteed, remaining contract, plus the team’s proven young replacement in Dak Prescott – the Broncos are expected to at least discuss whether to pursue the veteran quarterback,” Klis writes.

Since Romo largely looked awesome in his only on-field action of 2016 , it seems safe to say that he’s healthy for right now. Anyone signing him has to be aware of his injury history, which includes playing in parts of just five games over the past two seasons. That just comes with the territory, especially if the team in question, like the Broncos, is weak along the offensive line.