Cowboys quarterback Romo retires

Tony Romo was granted his release from the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday and subsequently retired and accepted a job as the lead game analyst for CBS, the Cowboys and the network separately announced.

Romo will replace Phil Simms alongside Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on the top broadcast of the NFL on CBS on Sunday afternoons and on CBS' coverage of Thursday Night Football.

"I've known my nature and I've known my competitive side", said Romo, whose departure has been expected since a November speech conceding the Dallas job to Prescott.

Romo's release by the Cowboys and his deal with CBS were announced simultaneously Tuesday — roughly four weeks later than Dallas owner Jerry Jones told the franchise passing leader he would turn him loose to pursue other teams.

"I could play tomorrow. From that perspective, that wasn't hanging over my head to make the decision for me".

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) plays with his son Hawkins Romo, 1, as his wife Candice Romo holds Hawkins after the afternoon practice at Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California on July 30, 2013. It was his fourth back injury since 2013. After Prescott was drafted by the Cowboys, a few of his tweets surfaced from 2012 where Prescott was doing some Romo bashing. He's going to be the lead National Football League analyst for CBS, so fans will still see him all the time.

Romo said Manning "made me a better player".

Tony Romo says he doesn't "envision" coming back. Tony Romo also said that he's thought about whether to walk away from football or to return for another year a number of times. He finished that season by taking the 3-3 Cowboys under Bledsoe to the playoffs. The Texans were unwilling to trade for Romo before he chose the television deal, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

"I've seen him fight some battles when the team was bad. I understand that", Romo said. And if I'm not [good right away], I can promise you I'll be spending 20-hours a day trying to figure it out... Others probably wish they could do things a little bit different. A CBS spokeswoman did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

  • Julie Sanders