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Michael Irvin rips Texans for not trading for Tony Romo

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Michael Irvin thinks the Houston Texans have made a huge mistake by not trading for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Irvin appeared on Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Radio Thursday and was highly critical of the Texans for refusing to make the move now.

“If I’m a fan of the Houston Texans, I’m protesting so much right now,” Irvin said. “What are you doing? You mean to tell me you can throw $72 million at Brock Osweiler … but come back and say, ‘We’re not going to offer anything for Tony Romo’? Are you joking? Are you joking? Just say, ‘Hey, take a fifth-round draft pick. Take a fourth-round draft pick.’ Throw out something. Let everybody know that you’re trying.”

Irvin rejected the explanation that Houston can just wait for the Cowboys to release Romo and give up nothing.

“We’re not talking about basic principles; we’re talking winning championships right now,” Irvin said. “You’re not going to pick him up (in free agency). You’re going to (have to) fight for him. This is mind-boggling. I can’t imagine what the fans in Houston are thinking right now. I would be going crazy. You can’t come up with a fifth-round draft pick? It blows my mind.”

The Texans have made clear that they won’t trade for Romo, and there’s no guarantee a fifth-round pick would be enough to get it done. Ultimately, everyone is just waiting until the Cowboys give in and release him.

Also in the interview, Irvin talked about Ezekiel Elliott’s off-field issues.

“It’s enough to make you scared a little bit because he’s such a vital part of what the Cowboys do. When I first saw that, I was like, ‘Is it Mardi Gras already?’ Then I realized that’s not a Mardi Gras parade. Every time I watch it now, I see his wheels turning in his head (and I think don’t do it). He does it every time. It’s just a matter of when you’re young and you’re making those decisions, you’re having fun as a kid, you don’t think you’re doing anything wrong out there, but you can’t do that. All eyes are on you.

“One of the things I always told Zeke, I said, ‘Zeke, I know Ohio state is big-time football, but the NFL (is bigger). Whatever you think went on at Ohio State, multiply it by 20. That’s the bowl you’re in right now. You got to make better decisions in that bowl.’”

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