Report: Tony Romo plans to retire from football, go into broadcasting

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Tony Romo’s NFL career is coming to an end.

Romo has decided to retire from the NFL and enter broadcasting, ESPN reports.

There have been widespread reports that Romo has lucrative offers to work in TV and could replace Phil Simms as the No. 1 analyst on CBS. Those offers have apparently led Romo to conclude that it’s time for him to walk away from playing and move into his next career.

Romo spent last season on the bench after a preseason back injury led to the promotion of Dak Prescott as the starting quarterback in Dallas. Although Romo had been widely viewed as the Cowboys’ franchise quarterback, Prescott’s outstanding rookie year made Romo expendable.

The Cowboys would have liked to trade Romo but found little interest, and the ESPN report says they will release Romo today. Although there’s been talk of the Broncos or Texans wanting him, it appears that he’s done playing football and will now broadcast football instead.

112 responses to “Report: Tony Romo plans to retire from football, go into broadcasting

  1. Smart move.
    Take the pay day and be a scumbag sportswriter or commentator who does little to no work other than stir the pot.

  2. Wow. That’s surprising. So, now what will his former suitors do? I’m sure at least a couple teams were banking on swooping him up after Dallas released him. #suckers

  3. Good for him. I remember when he broke his ribs against my team, came back and won the game. Dude has heart, his body just couldn’t hold up. Congrats on your new career, Tony!

  4. And so the career ends without the single ring that maybe could have come near the end if Jerrah hadn’t ridden those clavicles into dust. But thanks to the crass deflategate joke I won’t shed a tear for Tony – now go and play with your “real balls” you little jerk. Hope you get to commentate on Brady’s next SB.

  5. Good for him. He’s given up more than enough of his health for that organization. I think he’ll do well in TV.

  6. If he can make mid-seven figures to be a broadcaster, why not? Get paid and save what’s left of your body.

  7. If you’re the Browns what do you have to lose by giving Tony Romo a shot?

    You have plenty to gain if he either does well, or fails miserably and you get another draft pick. Plus, he’ll probably sell a lot of jerseys.

  8. I always liked Romo, even as a REDSKINS fan! Good luck with the next chapter in your life, Mr. Romo. I’m sure you can do just as well as the other talking heads at CBS.

  9. Eventually a person has enough millions in the bank to shift priorities to health and longevity.

    Live on the interest Tony, you’ll be comfortable all the rest of your days.

  10. I hope the cowboys finally release him and then he can play for anyone other than that scumbag corpse looking owner. Way to handle this like a classless jerk old man. Good luck romo.

  11. Congrats Tony, you were fun to watch and good luck with your new career. Him walking away changes the QB dynamic in the NFL with Denver and Houston

  12. Wise move. Retire, remain a Cowboys fan favorite and go into broadcasting. I haven’t heard Romo speak, but I am betting he’ll be better on CBS than Sims. Congratulations and good luck in the broadcast booth.

  13. A great QB which very rarely had a minimal adequate supporting cast.

    I think it’s a wise decision he’s making given all the injuries he has had to deal with lately.

    All the best to Romo and thank you from a Pats fan for the great football you played throughout your career.

  14. So now we get to listen to two terrible, Cowboy homers calling the games on Sundays? Maybe Romo won’t be as big a homer as Troy since he got pushed out instead of going out on his own terms.

  15. Broncos/Texans fans slowly raising shotgun barrels to their mouths. Their seasons are already over!!

  16. He will do a solid job broadcasting until the playoffs then Phil Simms will have to come off the bench to help out.

  17. If this is true Rick Smith (Texan’s GM) needs to be fired. Traded Osweiler and a 2nd pick, lost Bouye, and have added nothing.

  18. Will miss watching him that’s for sure. My question is how does him retiring affect the Cowboys salary cap? Any change from a release or a trade?

  19. Replacing Phil Simms whoo hoo happy days now if we can just find someone to replace Joe Buck the world would instantly be a better place

  20. Jerrah = “If he won’t play for me, he isn’t playing for anyone else”.

    He essentially forced him into retirement.

    What a joke!

  21. NBC already hired Mike Tirico as the heir-apparent for Al Michaels. Pair Tirico and Romo for the extra games Al isn’t scheduled to do – that gives Romo time to learn the craft while getting national exposure. Having CBS or Fox throw him into the fire with Sunday afternoons doesn’t sound like the best approach, unless they’re going to start him out on the D-team calling low-end teams in small markets.

  22. “It ain’t not over ’til it’s over.” ~Yogi Berra~

    My inner skeptic has served me well over the years. I’ll wait for Romo’s statement and the announcement he has signed with a network before I believe it.

  23. Always liked Romo. Good luck to him. The kid had heart and an overall decent career. Too bad he was stuck on the laughable Cowboys teams having to answer to the scumbag owner Jerry Jones.

  24. Can’t understand this move at all. Go to a ready to contend team like the Texans or Broncos and see what you can do. If you get hurt or fall short of the ultimate goal, then do broadcasting. I highly doubt his broadcasting window is so short that it’s now or never.

  25. Tony Romo never won a Super Bowl Championship and he will take that legacy into the broadcasting booth as he now attempts to make watching and listening to his commentary more meaningful for NFL football fans.
    He was just an average quarterback and most likely will be the same on the airways; to his credit, if he doesn’t change his mind, Romo realized his limitations and that his back injury was the key to retire.
    Tony Romo enjoys playing golf and will probably play a lot and he could give Tiger Woods advise about retiring because Woods is having continued back problems “But” will not admit it is time to retire. Of course Tiger has achieved countless Championships and is in a another level which Romo cannot relate to.

  26. kevinlawrencecantor says:
    Apr 4, 2017 8:02 AM
    If you’re the Browns what do you have to lose by giving Tony Romo a shot?

    You have plenty to gain if he either does well, or fails miserably and you get another draft pick. Plus, he’ll probably sell a lot of jerseys.

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    I think that was the reason for his desire to retire. He could be traded to the Browns who have no shot at a sb and risk his health even further, while Jerrah collects draft picks. In such a case, retirement is probably the best option… for now. That being said, do I think he will be in the booth next year? No way – book it, he will be on a contending roster next year.

  27. l will always be a Tony fan. My dad use to say your word was your bond!! When Tony got hurt Jerry said as soon as he was well he would be back as quarterback. He worked hard but by then he changed his money making mind an let Dak stay. Who says Tony could have played well and WON SUPERBOWL>That was really unfair Jerry.

  28. This is the story of a guy that was undrafted and overachieved through heart and grit.

    Thank you Tony for your service. One way or another we figured you’d always be a Dallas Cowboy. And a special thank you to Mrs. Romo for probably getting your husband to see the light and save his body for your growing family.

  29. I hated playing against Romo (Eagles fan here) because he literally was always dangerous. He was a damn good QB, but would have some bad plays that REALLY hurt the team. Not always his fault, but still responsible. Glad to see him leave Dallas who didnt offer much to support him.

    Go retire and enjoy life, you’ve made enough money to just relax and keep whats left of your body intact.

  30. Any player who goes into the broadcast booth and is not prepared to criticize players or play on the field will be horrible. Do they know how Romo will react to the transition?

  31. Good luck Tony! Perhaps if you played Defense and Special Teams, as well as QB these “he only has 2 playoff wins” comments would be justified. Because, you know a QB is the ONLY reason teams win games. Thanks for everything, I enjoyed watching you play!

  32. Wonder if he could have ever won the games that count with a better organization? Kind of hate to see him give up.

    And all the Simms hate? I like old Phil even though he was a Giant. He pretty well tells it like it is.

  33. People will only remember the choke jobs he had but he put together quite a career and will be mentioned among the best to play in this generation. Truly appreciate watching you play Tony and good luck to you in the booth. He’s gonna be a natural in there

  34. Congrats on a great career. Still baffles me how he got all the blame when they lost and none of the credit when they won. A gray qb who wasn’t even supposed to be a starter, and an even better person. Good luck Tony!!!

  35. For those that say the Cowboys stuck it to Romo, how?

    Even Romo would have preferred a trade over just being released.

    With the trade he would go with current contract. Of corse the team he went to would not pay him that, but he would be in better position to negotiate his salary.

    Wow this brought out the “Jerrah parrots” big time.

  36. Can’t understand this move at all. Go to a ready to contend team like the Texans or Broncos and see what you can do.
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    LOLOLOL…that was a joke, right?

    Both of those teams are more than Romo away from contending.

  37. Smart move… As long as he doesn’t sign with another team, Dallas owes him plenty of loot. Stick it to the Joneses.

  38. Who cares? As a football player he was never relevant anyway!
    Now as a talking head it’ll be more of the same.

  39. Waiting for Dak to go 2-14 and Romo sitting there smiling away. Dak sucks, if you had given Tony a chance He’d won you a Superbowl with that team.

  40. Romo was a pretty respectable and exciting QB, but ultimately he’ll be remembered for not getting the job done when it counted the most and never reaching a Super Bowl.

  41. Wow. It will be refreshing to have a former jock on tv who can actually put a sentence together without sounding like an illiterate.
    Say what you want about Romo, but he was always a class act and he was a very good QB who just couldn’t break the door down on a championship.
    Besides, anyone who could work for Jerruh Jones that long has to be a special person.
    I’m not a Cowboys fan but I wish Tony Romo all the luck in the world. He is a good guy and he gave it his best shot.

  42. Cowboys are going to regret letting him go. Dak is not the real deal. Why do you think he lasted til the 4th round. If something happens to their offensive line it will show.

  43. redlikethepig says:
    Apr 4, 2017 7:52 AM
    Way to stick it to him at the end Cowboys. Really classy.

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    I really confused on how the Cowboys “stuck it to him at the end”…..the man was paid over $34 million dollars over the last two years to play in 1 complete game and parts of 3 other games. Dallas owed him nothing….he was under contract and they had every right and obligation to try and work a trade for him. I was a Romo fan, but lets not act as if he won a few SB’s and deserved anything more that what he got over the last few months.

  44. wib22 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 8:43 AM
    Jerrah = “If he won’t play for me, he isn’t playing for anyone else”.

    He essentially forced him into retirement.

    What a joke!

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    Seeing as Jerry made the decision that Dak would be the Cowboys QB going forward, your comment makes absolutely no sense at all. Romo didnt refuse to play for Jerry, in fact, its the opposite, Romo wanted to play for Jerry, Jerry didnt want him. So, how does any of what you said make any sense.

    What does make sense is that Jerry wanted Romo off the roster post June 2nd for the additional $14 million in cap space. Come hell or high water, Romo was gonn be off the roster either by trade or by release as the Cowboys are in salary cap hell.

    I know this might be hard for some people to grasp, but maybe, just maybe, Romo made a decision for himself and decided to just be done with football??

  45. rav3nbav3n says:
    Apr 4, 2017 9:17 AM
    Congrats on a great career. Still baffles me how he got all the blame when they lost and none of the credit when they won. A gray qb who wasn’t even supposed to be a starter, and an even better person. Good luck Tony!!!

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    What did he win exactly?

  46. eatme2259 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 9:48 AM
    Cowboys are going to regret letting him go. Dak is not the real deal. Why do you think he lasted til the 4th round. If something happens to their offensive line it will show.

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    Well, you dont know that and neither does anyone else. 31 teams passed on Tom Brady for 6 rounds…..the team that took him thought so highly of him, they didnt even take him with their first pick in the 6th round. I’m not saying Dak is Tom Brady, but if you project a guys career out by his draft slot….you’d stop picking after 3 rounds by your logic.

  47. I think Romo will do well in TV. I’d rather he go to FOX, because CBS has far more competent broadcasters than FOX. With my team being an NFC team, I am often stuck listening to total bums watching them.

  48. I see some Jerry Jones support here! Romo was getting older and has become brittle. He was always a choker in the playoffs. On the other hand, he was a team first player and totally loyal to the Cowboys. He had to be cut so Jerry helped him out with the networks. It shows that the Cowboys take care of their own.

    I wish Tony well.

  49. I wish him luck, and it is probably his best long term plan. But, something tells me there is some under the table money from Jerry to Romo to convince him to not play elsewhere. Maybe that is too conspiracy theory, but it seems odd that he is ready to sit out now when he wanted his release earlier.

  50. 2nd tier QB with a whopping two playoff wins retires and sports fans go beserko? Am I missing something here or has the whole world gone mad?

  51. Dandy Don, Aikman, and now Romo — Cowboy QBs sure have filled the broadcasting ranks. The only one missing is Staubach but he’s done pretty well for himself in retirement.

  52. I’m not a Cowboys fan (I live in Denver and bleed silver & black, therefore that should define the hell I’ve sentenced myself to LOL) but I’ve always thought Romo was a capable QB, just not surrounded by the right talent, and being injury-prone hasn’t helped his cause throughout his career. Still, I believe he’ll be solid in the booth and he’ll outshine a lot of the alleged “talent” that bombards us every football season on the airwaves.

  53. Is he retiring or being released? The financial impact to the cap will be the same either way ($19.6 million), but how it is applied will be different. If he retires, it is all pushed to this year’s cap, unless he retires after June 1. If he is cut witha post June 1 designation, it will be $10.7 million this year’s cap and $8.9 million against 2018 cap.

    I think the Cowboys would prefer the $19.6 this year (since he was going to be $24.7 if he was on the team anyway) and then be done with him.

  54. nhpats says:
    Apr 4, 2017 10:00 AM
    rav3nbav3n says:
    Apr 4, 2017 9:17 AM
    Congrats on a great career. Still baffles me how he got all the blame when they lost and none of the credit when they won. A gray qb who wasn’t even supposed to be a starter, and an even better person. Good luck Tony!!!

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    What did he win exactly?

    *******************************************************

    Well…..he did win 61% of his starts…..believe it or not, you can have a great career without winning a championship….Romo won 61% of his starts, his 2.7% int rate puts him right behind Joe Montana and Steve Young (2.6%) and ties him with Peyton Manning and Big Ben, his 5.7% Td rate ranks him ahead of Tom Brady (5.5%), Russell Wilson and Steve Young (5.6%) and ties him with Peyton Manning. He ranks 21st on the career passing Td list (ahead of Jim Kelly, Steve Young and Kurt Warner). His career pass completion percentage of 63.1% ranks 5th all time and tied with Peyton Manning and ahead of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Joe Montana.

    I’m not saying that Romo is a hall of famer like some of the Qb’s above, but great QB’s go a whole career without winning a championship (Dan Marino) and others win one who are average at best QB’s (Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson)

  55. Tony’s always been a class act and is a great rags to riches story coming from a small school and being undrafted.

  56. Smart move although I’m sure they would have paid him 5 or 6 million to be their back-up QB.

    You can only eat steak 3 times a day but you need to be healthy to enjoy it.

  57. Romo had a good career. Anyone who disagrees know little about football. They make fun of his “ONLY 2 playoff wins.” You want to make fun of playoff wins, Detroit – 1 win in 60 years. You should be fortunate.

  58. >>”Two playoff wins fer a dood that went undrafted, not too bad.”<<

    And then there was Curt Warner!

  59. There were teams that wanted him. Jerry Jones didn’t want to trade him to certain teams and was not going to release him outright.

  60. Never forget the catch which was ruled not a catch in Green Bay. Who knows how far the Cowboys could have gone that year if the officials had made the correct call.

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