Cowboys' Romo leaving the field for the broadcast booth, sources say

There had been numerous reports about the team releasing Romo last month, but no decision has yet to be made, with reports also suggesting that Romo was on the trading block.

While Romo's availability has been apparent, and the Cowboys were unlikely to stand in the way of talks to facilitate a deal, Jones' memo is significant because Dallas previously wouldn't have granted another team permission to put Romo through a workout. After Tuesday, Tony Romo can now choose to be a commentator if that's what he desires to do.

After expecting to be released on March 9, Romo has been in limbo as the Cowboys have held onto him, holding out hope for a potential trade.

Just two months ago, he scoffed at those suggesting he might have played his last National Football League game after he missed the Broncos' season finale to undergo lower back surgery.

Two teams connected closely with Romo were the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, both having serious concerns at quarterback. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on the first day of the league year the Cowboys expected to trade Romo but nothing has come to fruition.

Romo has already informed owner Jerry Jones, who had said Monday that teams could start calling him about a Romo trade, of his decision. Jones is simply trying to drum up a nonexistent trade market for his oft-injured, obscenely compensated 37-year-old deposed QB. It seemed as if he and Nantz were going to be mainstays together on the network for as long as possible, and Romo's rumored retirement had led to speculation for weeks about a shakeup.

It has always been accepted that Romo would become a network analyst once his playing days were over.

"I love Romo", said Simmons. In addition to his father, Romo's mother, his wife and their two boys also are in town for the event.

What's your reaction to the news of Romo retiring and the effect of same on the Texans?

The franchise leader with 34,183 yards passing and 248 touchdowns, Romo never parlayed his regular-season success into deep playoff runs the way Hall of Famers and multiple Super Bowl winners Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman did before him.

  • Salvatore Jensen