The issue lies more in all the potential quality signings at a variety of positions that are now signed elsewhere as Elway patiently waits at the whims of Jones to release Romo for a chance to talk to him. If he ever does.
Keeping that $12-14M in reserve for Romo could have been wisely distributed for overall upgrades to the entire team. Every time I see a complaint about signing Watson or Stephenson I laugh. Direct result of Elway budgeting for Romo instead of the team.
Now the Broncos have to go with what they have or can find in the bargain bins. Hope Romo proves to be worth it. If he even makes it to a Bronco roster.