Sorry, Houston and Denver, but Tony Romo wants to do TV.
Tony Romo’s fate is decided. Instead of leaving the Dallas Cowboys for one last shot at a starting job and his first Super Bowl, he will reportedly be leaving the field entirely to pursue a career in broadcasting, according to Adam Schefter and Todd Archer.
His health was given as a major reason for the decision. Back injuries and a broken collar bone have limited him to just five games in the last two seasons.
The NFL world has been waiting out the Romo saga for a month now. It was reported early in March that he would be released by the Cowboys, but that never came to pass. Instead, Dallas was reportedly pursuing a trade, even though the Broncos and Texans, his most likely suitors, made it clear that they weren’t interested in swap.
On Monday, the Cowboys told the rest of the league that they were free to contact Romo himself about a potential trade. Those calls won’t be necessary. Schefter’s report says that Romo has already informed Jerry Jones of his decision.
Behind the scenes throughout this, Romo was also mulling an offer to go into the broadcast booth. Peter King of the MMQB reported that Romo had turned down an offer from one unnamed TV network. Both FOX and CBS were said to be interested, with the later eying him as a potential replacement for Phil Simms.
NBC is also said to be interested in Romo, and an official decision about his next employer could come later on Tuesday.
Officially, Romo will be designated as a post-June 1 cut. The move will give Dallas an extra $14 million in cap space this year, while leaving nearly $20 million on the books for 2017 and 2018.
Tony Romo was a fun player to watch and way better than he ever got credit for, but let’s make one thing clear — the greater good here is deposing Phil Simms, not giving the Texans and Broncos one narrow shot at a Super Bowl.
Of course, we still don’t know where Romo will be taking his broadcasting talents. And given the way the Romo news has lurched forward before falling back to the status quo, it’s worth taking this with a dose of skepticism until he signs a contract with a network.