In a move that will come as a shock to many football fans, quarterback Tony Romo will be retiring on Tuesday to pursue a career in broadcasting according to ESPN.
Tony Romo is leaving football and going into broadcasting, even with Dallas planning to release him today, sources tell @toddarcher and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2017
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to release Romo on Tuesday, but the quarterback has decided to not sign with another team and head to the booth. He is reportedly already seeing interest from the three major networks, CBS, NBC and Fox.
Injuries plagued him in the latter part of his career and prevented him from consistently staying on the field. In 2015, he only played in four games after suffering a broken left collarbone — the same collarbone he injured in 2010.
The veteran quarterback then suffered a serious back injury in 2016 that kept him out of commission for a number of weeks. That gave quarterback Dak Prescott the opportunity to take over and the rookie Prescott never relinquished his starting role.
With Romo turning 37 later in the month, along with his recent injury, ESPN reports that his declining health played a role in this decision.
Despite the pending announcement, one NFL executive believes NFL teams will be fighting to get him out of retirement during the season.
One NFL exec texted now: "Romo is now every teams emergency backup qb in case your starter gets hurt, pay him to come out of "retirement.' "— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2017
Stay tuned for that.
Romo leaves the game as one of the most prolific passers in Cowboys and NFL history. Over 13 seasons and 156 games, Romo passed for over 34,000 yards had nearly 250 touchdowns.
It is officially the end of the Tony Romo era. For real this time.
Update (11:12 a.m.):
The SportsBusiness Journal's John Ourand is reporting that Tony Romo will be replacing Phil Simms as CBS's "top game analyst."
SBJ: Tony Romo to land with CBS next season, sources say. https://t.co/JifeUrpEp3— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) April 4, 2017