CBS News Logo Tony Romo retires from Dallas Cowboys, joins CBS Sports as NFL analyst

Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 7:27 PM EDT After 14 years with the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo has decided to hang up his cleats and head for the broadcast booth. CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus announced on Tuesday that Romo will be joining the network’s NFL team for the upcoming season.The former Cowboys quarterback will be the lead NFL game analyst at CBS, where he’ll be paired with lead announcer Jim Nantz and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson on the network’s No. 1 NFL team.“Tony has been one of the NFL’s biggest stars for the past decade, and we are thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports,” McManus said on Tuesday. “He will bring the same passion, enthusiasm and knowledge that he displayed on the field to the broadcast booth. He brings a fresh and insightful perspective to our viewers having just stepped off the field. We know Tony will quickly develop into a terrific analyst, and alongside Jim Nantz, will become a must-listen for fans each week.”Romo’s future has been up in the air since free agency began on March 9, and after a month of mulling it over, Romo felt that making the move to CBS was the best choice.“When you think about the NFL, two of the most iconic brands are the Dallas Cowboys and CBS Sports,” Romo said. “Going from one legendary team to another as I begin the next phase of my career is a dream come true. I have always known that once my playing career was over I wanted to become a broadcaster. I am ecstatic for the opportunity to work with Jim as I learn the craft and convey to fans my passion for this great game.”The Cowboys officially released Romo on Tuesday after his move to CBS became official.The 36-year-old already seems pretty excited about his new job, by posting this image on Twitter Tuesday:Romo will replace former lead analyst Phil Simms, who has been with CBS booth since 1998. Although he won’t be in the booth Continue Reading

Tony Romo on potential return: ‘Never say never,’ but I’m committed to CBS

Tony Romo said he’s healthy enough to keep playing football, and added there were multiple teams over the past few weeks interested in signing him to play quarterback.But Romo, who was officially released by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, decided not to take any meetings with NFL teams, choosing instead join CBS as its lead NFL analyst.In an hour-long conference call Tuesday, Romo never used the word “retire,” but said he doesn’t envision himself returning to play in the NFL. He said he does expect teams will call him in the future, perhaps this fall if any starting quarterbacks get injured.“Right now, I don’t think it’s going to be that hard of a decision," Romo said. "I’m going to get in the booth, I’m going to like it.“Never say never. It’s about 99 percent and if for some crazy reason Sean decides to fire me in Week 12, I’d have to think of playing in a small golf tournament or a flag football game." MORE COVERAGE:For now, though, he seems set in his decision.“There is no part of me that wants to play. You’re always giving yourself wiggle room, but I don’t really envision that as a scenario. It just takes so much – you don’t just get up off the couch,” Romo said. “I would have to make that decision now to really get ready to play. I’m not making that.”Romo’s decision to join CBS came after months of reflection following the end of the 2016 season, a year in which he lost his job to rookie Dak Prescott following a back injury in the preseason. It was clear Romo’s time in Dallas was done, but it was up to Romo and the Cowboys to decide what would happen next.The Cowboys spent weeks seeking a trade partner, and Romo went to work studying teams that could need a starting quarterback. The Houston Texans, Romo said, were at the top of that list.Meanwhile, he was also talking to the broadcast networks, and negotiations with CBS to Continue Reading

Cowboys’ Tony Romo retiring from NFL for broadcast gig with CBS

Tony Romo is retiring from his playing career and heading into the broadcast booth for a new job as CBS' top NFL analyst.The Dallas Cowboys, with whom Romo spent his entire 14-year career, released the 37-year-old quarterback Tuesday and relinquished his future rights to allow him to pursue broadcasting.“We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a release. "As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family."Romo seemed to confirm the news of his new job later Tuesday with a tweet of himself wearing a jacket displaying the CBS logo.Romo reached a verbal agreement with CBS to join the network as an in-game analyst, replacing another former NFL quarterback, Phil Simms, as Jim Nantz's broadcast partner. Fox had also expressed interest in Romo as a possible replacement for John Lynch, who abandoned the broadcast booth to become the San Francisco 49ers' general manager in January."Tony has been one of the NFL's biggest stars for the past decade; and we are thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports," said CBS sports chairman Sean McManus in a release. "He will bring the same passion, enthusiasm and knowledge that he displayed on the field to the broadcast booth. He brings a fresh and insightful perspective to our viewers having just stepped off the field. We know Tony will develop into a terrific analyst, and alongside Jim Nantz, will become a must listen for fans each week."McManus said Romo would call games both on Sundays and Thursdays. READ MORERomo had three seasons left on his contract with the Cowboys, but he had been supplanted by Dak Prescott as the starter. Romo suffered a back injury in the preseason last year and didn’t start a game for the Cowboys as Prescott led the franchise to a 13-3 record in the regular season.Romo, who has Continue Reading

Tony Romo’s Cowboys career ends with one of his signature moves — a scramble

Maybe it's fitting that Tony Romo’s rags-to-riches-to-rags-again NFL career ends like this — with an unpredictable scramble.Hey, no knock on Romo, one of the most accomplished undrafted free agents in NFL history, for chasing the lure of more mega-dollars flowing from the TV booth. And after spending most of the last two seasons wrapped in physical rehab, who could blame him for deciding to hang it up after 14 pro seasons?Just don’t say that he’s fully going out on his own terms. In the end, his body told him it was time.Knowing the type of competitor that Romo is, I doubt that this is how he really wanted to retire — with his last pass (albeit a 3-yard TD strike to Terrance Williams that capped an 81-yard drive) coming in a cameo relief appearance in a meaningless Week 17 game.I’m guessing that Romo, who turns 37 on April 21, was itching to leave the NFL in a blaze of glory as a champion, which is why the expectation that he’d wind up with the Houston Texans or the Denver Broncos made so much sense. It worked for former Cowboys teammate DeMarcus Ware, who left Dallas and helped the Broncos win a Super Bowl in 2015. MORE ROMO COVERAGEWatching Romo carve up the Philadelphia Eagles defense in his final appearance proved there was something left, a point that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones, the team owner who desperately tried to get something in return on the trade market, emphatically declared. That’s why it’s a bit stunning to think that Romo, who will replace Phil Simms as CBS' lead NFL analyst wouldn’t give the game one more shot first.Yet Romo's apparent dilemma over his future during the past few weeks — last week, Jones told me he was really waiting for the cue from his longtime quarterback about how to proceed — had the feel of another play that broke down and left him trying to make the best of it.But remember how often during his heyday that Romo produced big Continue Reading

CBS leaves door open for Phil Simms’ return after hiring Tony Romo to replace him

Tony Romo's decision to retire from the Dallas Cowboys after 14 seasons and join CBS as its new lead analyst on NFL broadcasts has officially left Phil Simms in limbo.But Simms could still have a future at the network after almost two decades of faithful service in his now former role.“As we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Phil Simms who served as our lead NFL analyst for nearly 20 years,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. MORE ROMO COVERAGE“Phil has been a very important part of our coverage since the NFL returned to CBS in 1998. His strong opinions, coupled with his tremendous knowledge and passion for the National Football League, has created a unique broadcasting style making him one of the best analysts to ever call the game. We are discussing with Phil his future role with CBS Sports. We cannot thank him enough for the way he has represented himself and CBS Sports during his tenure as CBS's lead NFL analyst.”Simms' long-time representative Steve Rosner told Tara Sullivan of North Jersey Media Group and the USA TODAY Network that the analyst had not been fired."Absolutely not,”Rosner said. “He has multiple years left on his contract. I've had a few brief discussions with CBS in regard to the future and we have decided at the moment that we will regroup within the next month or so and figure out what his future role will be."Before embarking on his broadcast career in 1994, Simms spent 15 seasons as quarterback of the New York Giants and was named MVP of Super Bowl XXI. PHOTOS: Tony Romo through the years Continue Reading

Winners and losers of Tony Romo’s decision to retire from NFL

The Dallas Cowboys released Tony Romo on Tuesday so that he could pursue broadcasting opportunities. CBS Sports then quickly announced the network had signed the retired Romo to a contract that paired him with Jim Nantz and made him the network's lead analyst.Here are the winners and losers from the ripple effect of Romo stepping away from football. WinnersThe Cowboys: When Romo tweeted a photo of himself wearing a jacket with the CBS logo, it was clear that this was a move that was in the works for weeks. So although it may have appeared that the Cowboys were stringing Romo along, they ended up doing right by one of owner Jerry Jones' favorite players. Dallas also breaks away from its starting QB of the previous decade pretty cleanly, allowing Dak Prescott to have the full focus and support of the entire organization in 2017.Romo: He got his release from Dallas, so he keeps his signing bonus. And if that “competitive spirit” that he referenced on a conference call Tuesday afternoon ever becomes too big to ignore, he’ll be able to test the market and come back to the NFL pretty easily, with the Cowboys no longer holding his rights. After all, “99 percent certain” does leave the door slightly open. Romo becomes just the fifth lead football analyst in CBS history, so his new role is one with plenty of prestige. MORE COVERAGE: Tom Savage: Brock Osweiler was traded to Cleveland and Romo is in a suit with a headset, so Savage is firmly entrenched as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job in houston. Savage played in relief of Osweiler late in the year, but a concussion prompted Osweiler to play in the Texans' playoff run. Now, it will be Savage’s job, unless the Texans swing big for a rookie quarterback in the draft or make another expected move.CBS: Phil Simms was a polarizing figure on the network’s broadcasts, and though Romo is a complete experiment in the booth, Continue Reading

Sunday Morning QB: Injured players like Tony Romo, Michael Vick need to be protected from themselves

So many NFL players from every generation are hypocritical. They subscribe to the warrior mentality and sacrifice their bodies, even when they are already hurt, to protect their jobs and not let their teams down. Then 20 years after they retire and have health problems, they blame the game and complain the league has forgotten about them. They can't have it both ways. There's too many heartbreaking stories about former NFL players dying too young, in poor health or unable to afford proper health care. The game is often blamed: Too brutal, too much pressure to play hurt, insufficient benefits. It's taken much too long, but the NFL is finally making progress taking care of the players who helped make the NFL what is it today - a $9 billion a year industry. Will today's players who fight to get back on the field be the players 20 or 30 years from now who can't walk, have early Alzheimer's and complain the game is not taking care of them? Hopefully, Michael Vick and Tony Romo live long and healthy lives. But you have to question their judgment as they fall into the trap of doing what they think is the right thing now and not thinking of the long term. Vick is expected to start Sunday against the Giants seven days after suffering a concussion. A concussion is a brain injury. Romo played last week with a broken rib and punctured lung and wants to play Monday night against the Redskins, although he has not been cleared. He was a hero last week when he came back late in the third quarter after taking some oral medication and led the Cowboys to an overtime victory against the 49ers after getting his rib busted on the third play of the game. Even Romo isn't sure when the punctured lung happened - it was diagnosed by a CT scan the day after the game. One week ago, Romo faced an avalanche of criticism after turning the ball over twice in the fourth quarter in a loss to the Jets. One week a bum. The next week he was praised for being the most courageous player Continue Reading

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo two-over par at U.S. Open sectional qualifier

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Tony Romo's bid to qualify for the U.S. Open has run into a weather delay.Dallas Cowboys quarterback is one of 36 players vying for two spots in Monday's 36-hole sectional qualifier at The Club at Carlton Woods, just north of Houston. Romo was 2-over par after five holes when air horns halted play about 10:30 a.m. local time. Thomas Hagler and Dustin Wiginton on Monday. The field also includes former PGA champion Steve Elkington and PGA Tour pro Bob Estes.Byron Nelson Championship that week because it conflicted with a Cowboys practice. The NFL team resumes offseason training activities Tuesday.Tony Rodriguez, 61, a season ticket holder who lives in the Houston suburbs, planned to walk with Romo all day.Josh Friedman, 11, wore a blue Romo jersey as he watched the quarterback with his father, Dan.Dan Friedman said. "He's a pretty good athlete. Football is such a commitment, so you wouldn't think he'd be able to practice golf, at least not to the extent of other pro golfers." The United States Golf Association says Romo would become the fourth athlete from a professional team sport to qualify for the U.S. Open. He would join a group that includes former San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie (1959, '81), former New York Yankees outfielder Sam Byrd (1938-41, 46-47, 1949-51) and former NHL player Bill Ezinicki (1947, '52, '56, '60-61, 63-64, 67-68).kickers Ryan Longwell and Josh Scobee and former major-league pitcher John Smoltz failed to advance out of local qualifying this year, according to the USGA. Former NHL goalkeeper Grant Fuhr, retired tennis players Ivan Lendl and Michael Chang and former Miami tight end Brian Kinchen have also fallen short in qualifying in recent years. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Tony Romo, Brett Favre ready for epic shootout between Cowboys, Packers

IRVING, Tex. - Tonight ought to be fun ... if you have the NFL Network, that is. It's not just the 10-1 Packers against the 10-1 Cowboys playing for what should be home-field advantage in the NFC Championship Game. It's the story of two entertaining quarterbacks who break the mold by coming out of the same one. There hasn't been anyone quite like Brett Favre since, well, Tony Romo. It shouldn't be surprising. The 27-year-old Romo grew up in Wisconsin as Favre, 11 years his senior, was leading the Packers into two Super Bowls with relative abandon. And even though Romo has tried to downplay it all week, his teammates know. "The truth is he loved him," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. "He can imitate him, he can do all that stuff. He's done a good job of relaxing and understanding where he's at. I think he's playing it off pretty good. But that's his hero." That's also his dilemma. "I can understand the angle and it's nice and it's fun, but I have to beat the guy this week," Romo said. According to Romo, he was anything but a little cheesehead. His sport was basketball, his hero was Michael Jordan. He even rooted for John Elway when he beat Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII, he says. But there is no denying the similarity. Favre and Romo look like they couldn't be having any more fun playing football and that they might as well be in some schoolyard doing it, drawing up plays in the dirt and changing them on the fly. Favre certainly sees it. "His creativity with his legs is what, when I see him play, reminds me of myself. It's making something out of nothing," Favre said. "He's not going to rush for 500 yards. ... I guess he could. He's much faster than I ever was. Or he seems that way. But his creativity to bail himself out is very good. It's probably the same mentality I had. There is never a bad play." At the beginning of last season, no one would have put either guy among the NFL's elite QBs. Favre was supposed to be washed up. People Continue Reading

Tony Romo guarantees Cowboys will win Super Bowl 50

Tony Romo has taken the torch from Rex Ryan. The Cowboys quarterback is picking up where the prognosticating coach left off (though Ryan says he’s retired from the prediction business) and guaranteed that Dallas would win Super Bowl 50. “We’re going to win a Super Bowl next year,” he said plainly at a Texas awards banquet. RELATED: COWBOYS' GREG HARDY BANNED FIRST 10 GAMES OF NFL SEASON If the normally dull Romo strikes you as an unlikely candidate to be making Super Bowl guarantees, then consider the venue he used to deliver the news. It wasn’t on ESPN or NFL Network or in a Dallas newspaper. It was in his speech after accepting the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award. And he said it a week ago. Romo, in accepting the award named for the basketball Hall of Famer, spoke about how he’s transitioned from being a me player to a we player and dropped the guarantee in right at the end of his remarks. “It’s incredible and I really appreciate you, and we’re going to win a Super Bowl next year,” he said before slapping the podium and walking off the stage. RELATED: TOP 10 GAMES TO WATCH FOR 2015 How about that, Cowboys fans? The Cowboys are one of the early favorites to win it all, with 15-to-1 odds to end the year holding the Lombardi Trophy. Romo said he’s driven to win it not for himself, but for his teammates and those around the team. “In the last five years, it’s become all the people that I’m with, the Jason Wittens, the Jason Garretts, the Joneses, these people I’ve been with for a long time,” he said. “I want to win a championship so bad, but it’s just not about me. I literally want to win it so bad for them. For the people around me who have helped me.” Continue Reading