Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo Set to Retire
In a rather surprising twist, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday morning that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is planning to retire in order to get into braodcasting. The Cowboys are reportedly planning to formally release Romo on Tuesday, but the 36-year-old will not be fielding offers from interested teams.
Instead, Romo apparently has his pick of the litter as far as beginning a broadcasting career. ESPN says that Romo has already received interest from FOX, CBS and NBC and that he can choose whichever network he wants. That announcement may also come as early as Tuesday.
Health a Factor?
Romo deciding to retire means that the Cowboys will still be on the books for the remainder of his contract. However, with the team designating him as a post-June 1 release, he will count for less against the cap than he otherwise would have. Romo originally would’ve counted for nearly $25 million on Dallas’s cap, but he’ll now take up $10.7 million this season and $8.9 million next season.
It has long been believed that Romo wanted to continue his playing career, but ESPN says his decision to retire is primarily linked to health. Romo has battled a number of back injuries in recent years. He sustained a broken bone in his back after taking a hit in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks last August, which kept him sidelined until the middle of the season.
Dak Prescott’s Team Now
With Romo out injured, the Cowboys were forced to turn to fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott, who proceeded to immediately dazzle the league. Prescott completed nearly 68 percent of his throws for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions in leading Dallas to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Romo returned to the active roster near the middle of the season, but with the team rolling, the Cowboys made the decision to keep Prescott as the No. 1 quarterback. Romo made a cameo appearance in the regular season finale against the Eagles, but the writing was on the wall for him.
With the Cowboys committing to Prescott, Romo would have to leave Dallas if he wanted to continue his playing career. Teams like the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos reportedly had interest in landing him as a free agent, but neither felt compelled to trade anything of value for a player that may be physically incapable of continuing to play.
So, instead of moving to a new city and starting fresh at 36, Romo decided to call it a career. While the Cowboys never reached the heights as a team Romo would’ve wanted during his tenure, he leaves the storied franchise as its all-time leader in several categories.
Romo is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in completion percentage (65.3%), passing yards (34,183) and passing touchdowns (248). Those are impressive accomplishments for a franchise that has had QBs like Roger Staubach, Don Meredith and Troy Aikman pass through over the years.
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