Skip to content

Prime CBS gig will make it harder for Romo to unretire

Getty Images

It’s one thing for Tony Romo to take a seat at a pregame table or to step into the booth with a fifth-string play-by-play partner. But with Romo becoming the No. 1 analyst at CBS right out of the gates, it will be very, very, very hard for him to walk away.

Networks don’t keep spots like that warm. They fill them, and they remain filled indefinitely. As the Phil Simms detractors in the crowd would say (I never really had a problem with eem), it takes a lot to get canned from one of those gigs.

So when you have a job like that, you keep it. Romo could keep his for 30 years or more, if CBS remains in the NFL business that long.

Regardless of how long Romo stays in the spot, he likely won’t be giving it up lightly, because there will always be someone else ready to pounce. Which is why Ed Werder of ESPN, citing an unnamed source, says that “it’s over” for Romo and that “he’s done.”

He’s actually just getting started, and with a prime assignment every Sunday, half of the Thursdays, three playoff weekends, and every third Super Bowl, we’ll see more of him (and less of eem) than we’ve ever seen before.

It doesn’t mean Romo is absolutely, positively done. But it will take a lot for him to surrender that spot, see it get filled by someone else, and then hope that he can finagle a similar assignment at some point down the road.

Permalink 30 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Dallas Cowboys, Home, Rumor Mill
30 Responses to “Prime CBS gig will make it harder for Romo to unretire”
  1. flaccodelic says: Apr 4, 2017 12:42 PM

    He also has to not choke away the golden opportunity, so really could go either way.

  2. dcapettini says: Apr 4, 2017 12:45 PM

    How does this development affect the Cowboys cap situation? Do they have to take all of the cap hit this year or can they still spread it out over 2 years?

  3. wib22 says: Apr 4, 2017 12:46 PM

    Jerry jones showed his true colours.

    What a classless owner.

  4. jerryyouradisgrace says: Apr 4, 2017 12:47 PM

    I Still wish he was the Cowboys starting QB

  5. idiedpretty says: Apr 4, 2017 12:51 PM

    Moving on to bigger things. When will the NFLN can Michael Irving?

  6. beavertonsteve says: Apr 4, 2017 12:52 PM

    If he’s good enough at announcing to hold the #1 role at CBS, he won’t have to finagle anything when he comes back. If he isn’t good enough, well, he’s not going to last anyway.

  7. ajgreenhof says: Apr 4, 2017 12:53 PM

    Do you know who wouldn’t unretire?

    A sports broadcaster who actually went to school for it.

  8. filmex2000 says: Apr 4, 2017 12:54 PM

    I’m not Phil Simms’ biggest fan, but in what universe is Romo considered an upgrade?

  9. whodatnhollywood says: Apr 4, 2017 12:55 PM

    Romo did the right thing. He’s made a lot of money, has a wife, kids and relatively good health, as long as he’s not taking a sack. Why chance one more hit that could land him in a wheelchair for life?

    It would be foolish for him to go back to football for part of a season when the future is his friend with many years ahead in the broadcast booth. Opportunities like these are more rare than starting QB roles in the NFL. There’s only 3 network number one analysts positions.

    We all should be so blessed to fall into the honey pot after retiring.

  10. gmen05 says: Apr 4, 2017 12:59 PM

    The pic of Romo appearing to put his helmet on backwards must have some subliminal message in this post.

  11. beavertonsteve says: Apr 4, 2017 1:05 PM

    How does this development affect the Cowboys cap situation? Do they have to take all of the cap hit this year or can they still spread it out over 2 years?
    ————–
    If Romo works with the Cowboys they can release him as a post June 1 cut and split it.

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 4, 2017 1:06 PM

    Did CBS even evaluate Romo to see if he could do the job? Seems like there’s always just been the assumption that he’ll be good at it. It seems kind of weird that they would put him in the #1 spot right off the bat with no experience.

  13. maust1013 says: Apr 4, 2017 1:11 PM

    “Hey Tony! Welcome to the CBS team! We are thrilled to have you! We are so confident in your untested abilities we are giving you our number one slot! No pressure, look at the loyalty we previously showed to the guy we just kicked to the curb for you. We stuck by old what’s his name for quite a while until we had this exciting opportunity to role the dice on you!”

  14. touchdownamericasteam says: Apr 4, 2017 1:15 PM

    Wib22, I eagerly await a cited example of when your team’s owner let an assett like a starting caliber qb walk away without compensation. Bonus points for an in state rival or to a legit superbowl contender.

  15. floridaslonechargersfan says: Apr 4, 2017 1:22 PM

    I want to know what happens to Phil Simms. Surely they won’t fire him but who’s the poor soul on CBS that has to partner with him now? I enjoy Eagle/Fouts, Gumbel/Green, Harlan/Gannon. Maybe Simms can pair with Tom McCarthy and do Jags and Browns games every Sunday.

    On another note Fouts, Green, and Gannon are all former WBs who have been working at this craft for quite a bit. They have got to be pissed they were passed on the ladder by another QB, recently retired and unproven.

  16. stexan says: Apr 4, 2017 1:28 PM

    I strongly suspect Jones had something to do with Romo getting this deal. No way CBS gives that spot to a rookie otherwise.
    I’ll bet a few of CBS’ other analysts are seriously irritated about this.

  17. motsuret06 says: Apr 4, 2017 1:37 PM

    Need Romo as Phil Simms is a bore as a football broadcaster.

  18. Della Street says: Apr 4, 2017 1:39 PM

    floridaslonechargersfan says:
    Apr 4, 2017 1:22 PM
    I want to know what happens to Phil Simms. Surely they won’t fire him but who’s the poor soul on CBS that has to partner with him now? I enjoy Eagle/Fouts, Gumbel/Green, Harlan/Gannon. Maybe Simms can pair with Tom McCarthy and do Jags and Browns games every Sunday.

    On another note Fouts, Green, and Gannon are all former WBs who have been working at this craft for quite a bit. They have got to be pissed they were passed on the ladder by another QB, recently retired and unproven.

    __________________

    Fouts is TERRIBLE. Seriously, God-awful bad.

  19. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 4, 2017 1:45 PM

    Tony will still find a way to break his collarbone.

    The CBS braintrust who thinks that anyone cares about Tony Romo calling a game and is going to tune in just for that – CantBeSerious .

    I guess Phil Simms was a little to “edgy” for them.

  20. pacificdan says: Apr 4, 2017 1:46 PM

    I’m a big Romo fan and would rather he was still starting for Dallas while Dak continued to learn the position but why on Earth does CBS, or anyone, think he can be a number one guy right out of the gate?

  21. ipeefreelyagain says: Apr 4, 2017 1:53 PM

    If Romo works with the Cowboys they can release him as a post June 1 cut and split it.

    —————————————

    This is incorrect. Romo doesn’t have to work with the Cowboys for that to happen. As the employer, the Cowboys have the right to do as they wish with Romo. They can change his status to retired/inactive (al a Marshawn Lynch in Seattle), or they can cut him outright, or cut him with a June 1st designation. The June 1st designation splits the cap hit over two years instead of all in 2017. Again, my point being, the Cowboys don’t need Romo to cooperate or “work with” the team. They can trade him to Cleveland if they wish. They’re not in the ‘making Romo happy business’, their moves should be whats best for the team.

  22. ipeefreelyagain says: Apr 4, 2017 1:55 PM

    The Cowboys don’t need Romo to work with them to do anything. The team is free to make any cuts, retirement designations or trades without his approval. If they make the cut with a June 1st designation, as widely discussed for the past few months, then that would spread the cap hit over this year and next, opposed to this year only.

  23. bigbenisabigbaby says: Apr 4, 2017 2:09 PM

    Romo will still get injured on week 1.

  24. ibillwt says: Apr 4, 2017 2:27 PM

    Tony better learn to point out how superbly prepared my pats are every week. I’ll miss that from phil in the 4th quarter, hearing the praise flow as they run out the clock, the greatest coach and qb in history basking in the glory. God I’ll miss it. Start watching tape Tony!

  25. jgedgar70 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:35 PM

    Romo has always been well-spoken, and so he should do fine in the booth.

    Somebody said on one of the other Romo stories that there used to be an unwritten rule that no broadcaster announced the game of the team he played for. They’ve gone the other way now. I guess CBS is putting him on the #1 team so he can have a chance to work 2 Cowboys games a year. If they put him with Ian Eagle he’s doing the Jets game every week (Eagle does Jets preseason games), if they put him with Kevin Harlan he’s doing the Chiefs game every week (Harlan used to do Chiefs radio), and if he was part of a 3-man team with Steve Tasker he’s doing the Bills game every week (Tasker played for the Bills). So look for Nantz & Romo to do the 2 Cowboys games that will be on CBS – probably one of them being week 1.

  26. Silver and Black attack says: Apr 4, 2017 3:13 PM

    Tony Romo’s voice equates to Tony Dungy’ s voice to me…completely boring, no presence to it. We’ll see I guess.

  27. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 4, 2017 3:54 PM

    Jerry screwed Romo

  28. bobthebillsfan says: Apr 4, 2017 4:19 PM

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if Dallas went to the SB this year and Tony got to call the game.

  29. mcjon22 says: Apr 4, 2017 4:31 PM

    It’s one thing to be retired now,

    It’s a another thing to be retired 2 weeks before the season kicks off.

    I think he’ll play. And I think CBS will gladly re-hire him whenever he retires again.

  30. jimnh1 says: Apr 5, 2017 7:47 AM

    Wouldn’t it be great if he takes the job and then goes back and plays. CBS would be left without an analyst then. How great that would be lol.😆

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!