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Mailbag: Compensatory Picks? Romo HOF Worthy?

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I understand the Cowboys are getting a fourth-round compensation pick for Anthony Hitchens. He led a playoff team in tackles and played all 16 games, plus playoffs. I think the pick should be a lot higher. What do you think? - JOSEPH CAPOFERRI

Rob: Compensatory picks haven't been announced yet, so fourth round is a reported estimation. The highest possible value is a third-rounder, and remember, Dak Prescott was a fourth-round compensatory draft pick, so that wouldn't be a bad consolation for losing Hitchens to Kansas City. But the formula to determine these picks is pretty convoluted, to be honest. I'm just a humble Journalism/English major.

Bryan: I don't fully understand the rules of who should get what, so it's hard for me to say they deserve more or less. To your point, if a player goes on and does tremendous things for his new club I would like to see the previous club receive better compensation. The league is really funny about their approach to how they award these picks.

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We have all heard the discussion about whether or not Tony Romo is Hall of Fame worthy. You would think that, other than Super Bowl rings, a case certainly could be made based on his resume. Do you think that his popularity as a broadcaster now (which seems to be winning over even his biggest critics) might be enough to push him over the top and get him in? - DAN RITCH

Rob: I wrote this a few weeks back, actually. Romo's stats as a player at least warrant discussion for Canton. He's fifth all-time in career passer rating (97.1), according to Pro Football Reference, and the only guys ahead of him will probably get in one day: Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. We all know quarterbacks are judged by rings, of course. If he does this CBS gig for 20 years, he's got a chance to be a Madden-like icon in the broadcasting biz. That could increase his chances of getting elected, in my opinion, perhaps as a 'contributor' to the league as well as a player.

Bryan: No question Romo will be in the Cowboys Ring of Honor, one day but to say he'll reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame appears to be a little tougher. Quarterbacks are judged differently than other players. I have questions about Eli Manning and he won two Super Bowls. I honestly don't think the broadcasting will have anything to do with that decision.

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