Tony Romo to retire, take Phil Simms' place on CBS broadcast

The long-time face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise is stepping away from football and going into broadcasting, reports revealed on Tuesday.

But the Cowboys' decision to release Romo opens up the possibility of a return to any team.

Romo, a 15-year pro, did everything he could to bring Dallas another Super Bowl, but continually came up short of not only the title game, but making the playoffs, too.

"He said he always felt he would be a television analyst upon retiring".

Jumping right into the TV booth could come with a rocky transition. Indeed, by getting the No. 1 spot on the network's National Football League broadcasts, it will be very hard for him to give up that seat.

With Romo off the team, Kellen Moore is now Dallas' backup quarterback. Hell, it seemed as if the Texans were positioning themselves to hand Romo the reins at the start of free agency.

Romo was scheduled to count $24.7 million against the Cowboys' cap in 2017. So if Romo was already considering retirement, teams playing possum over him might have helped him reach his decision. The release will reduce Dallas' cap hit to about $19 million, split roughly in half over two seasons. He has made more than $127 million over his career and has played one series after his returned from injury in November. The Houston Texans were at the top of Romo's list, however, there were more suitors.

He hasn't officially filed his retirement papers, and he may never do so now that Dallas has released him, which has us thinking: What if Romo did return to the field? And adds "never say never". Moore was supposed to be the Cowboys' No.2 signal caller behind Tony Romo for the 2016 season, but he broke his ankle early in training camp. He holds a majority of the club's career records, including scoring passes (248), games with a passer rating of 100 or greater (66), 300-yard games (46), games with three or more touchdowns (40), 20-plus touchdown seasons (seven) and 400-yard games (five). He's fourth all-time in passer rating (97.1).

Was he brittle towards the end? In 2010, he played only six games because of an injury. You can't question his toughness. It's a team sport, however, and even if you want to blame Romo for the Cowboys' shortcomings when it mattered, he undoubtedly exceeded expectations as an undrafted player. I don't have (Sports Illustrated media reporter) Richard Deitsch climbing all over me when I'm calling a Division II women's basketball game, but it gives me a chance to get my reps without that.

  • Julie Sanders