Tony Romo retiring to become top National Football League analyst at CBS, reports say

Tony Romo shocked the NFL world Tuesday by announcing his retirement from football. "And if I get in front of some of these teams, I'm going to be enticed to really want to go to play".

The Dallas Cowboys officially parted ways with quarterback Tony Romo on Tuesday. He led two fourth-quarter comebacks on the road with serious injuries - fractured ribs and a punctured lung at San Francisco early in 2011 and a herniated disc in his back at Washington two years later.

"Tony Romo has a unique combination of athletic ability, arm talent, vision and instincts for the game", Garrett said.

If the Cowboys release Romo, he'll count $10.7 million against the 2017 salary cap - down from $24.7 million - and $8.9 million against the 2018 cap.

But with Romo stepping away altogether, the Broncos will go into next season with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch to battle it out to be the starting quarterback.

It's now being reported that Romo is heading to CBS to replace Phil Simms.

Romo only had one losing season as the Cowboys' starter, and that was in 2010 when injuries limited him to just six games.

He leaves with franchise records of 34,183 passing yards and 248 touchdowns against 117 interceptions, but won only two play-off games and never appeared in a Super Bowl. All of those are tops in Cowboys history.

Injuries have caused him to miss significant playing time over the past five years.

It was originally expected Romo would be dealt, with the quarterback-strapped Texans seen as a contender, but his long-term health and a desire to spend time tipped his decision to retire.

A few minutes later, CBS Sports tweeted the same picture of Romo with the caption, "Tony Romo is joining the CBS Sports team and he has his new uniform ready to go!" However, the 36-year-old has all but confirmed that he is replacing Phil Simms as part of CBS's top National Football League broadcast team alongside Jim Nantz. In that scenario, Romo would replace Simms as an analyst in the booth.

The Cowboys' franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns is leaving the game and heading into broadcasting.

"Houston was at the top of the list of teams that I looked at", Romo said.

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