Tony Romo Retiring From NFL to Become CBS Broadcaster

Tony Romo is going directly from the gridiron to the broadcast booth and from the Dallas Cowboys to CBS. Romo retires with team records in passing yards, touchdowns, and quarterback rating, among many others. We presume such an injury would have to occur early in the season - it seems unlikely a 36-year-old veteran could kick off the rust in December after months' worth of TV duty.

While he never approached the postseason success of Cowboys legends Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, Romo surpassed them in the history-laden franchise's record books.

Romo did not play in the game, having agreed to concede the position of starting quarterback to Prescott when he returned from his injury.

Tony Romo to Team with Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson for NFL ON CBS and Thursday Night Football Coverage Beginning with 2017-18 Season. "As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family".

The timing of Romo's retirement helps the Cowboys from a financial standpoint.

With Romo's base salaries of $19.5 million and $20.5 million off the books in 2018-19, the Cowboys will be in better cap shape, which makes the $8.9 million hit in 2018 a lot more palatable. The infusion of Romo, and Ryan, in the broadcast booth should spark renewed interest in games as both had careers marked by soaring highs and chasm-like lows, all while thrilling fans and roiling critics. A person with knowledge of the decision says Romo is retiring rather than trying to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys.

Romo now has a salary cap hit of $24.7 million. He broke his collarbone twice in 2015 and suffered a serious back injury in the 2016 preseason.

"Obviously Houston was at the top of the list of teams I looked at", Romo said in a CBS conference call.

Dak Prescott was expected to be the starter next year in Dallas after leading the Cowboys to a playoff run last season.

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