Tony Romo Reportedly Retiring, Pursuing Job in Broadcasting

Romo will join play-by-play man Jim Nantz in the broadcast booth for the top CBS game each week, replacing fellow ex-quarterback Phil Simms. Romo, who turns 37 this month, had given up his favorite hobby after a series of back injuries that included two surgeries in less than a year.

Romo, 36, will join CBS and provide color commentary for National Football League games, the network announced on Facebook.

The Dallas Cowboys all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, Tony Romo reportedly transitioning from player to broadcaster.

"We are discussing with Phil his future role with CBS Sports", the network said in a statement, per Ourand.

Romo was 78-49 as the starter in Dallas, but just 2-4 in the postseason, with no road victories and no trips to the NFC championship game for a proud franchise that is one of just three teams that hasn't played for the NFC title the past 21 seasons.

FRISCO, Texas - With Tony Romo's impending release from the Dallas Cowboys and move to the CBS broadcast booth, let's look at the cap ramifications involved in such a move. I don't doubt that he will call games and golf with Jim Nantz to begin the season, but everywhere he goes the question will still linger.

Of course, Romo's retirement could become more of a respite from playing football if the Cowboys or another team develop a need unexpectedly.

"Tony has been one of the NFL's biggest stars for the past decade; and we are thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports", said CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus.

He's been designated a post-June 1 release, allowing the Cowboys to spread out his cap hit.

At his request, Romo was released on Tuesday after 14 years with the Cowboys.

In 2016, Romo was sidelined in August by a fractured vertebrae and only played one series - at Philadelphia in the regular season finale - all season. The release will reduce Dallas' cap hit to about $19 million, split roughly in half over two seasons.

Romo hasn't been the team's first string quarterback since he fractured his back during a preseason game a year ago with rookie Dak Prescott assuming the responsibility. His 34,183 passing yards and 248 touchdown passes are the most in team history.

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