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Tony Romo retires after Cowboys release; Joins CBS as Analyst

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The Dallas Cowboys has officially released quarterback Tony Romo on Tuesday. The Cowboys has turned in the paperwork to relinquish the future of the 36-year-old.

Following his release, Tony Romo retires from the NFL after his 15-year Cowboys career. The man from San Diego, California will now become the lead NFL analyst for CBS replacing Phil Simms, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.

“It was a very difficult decision. I went back and forth a number of times,” Romo said.

“It really had nothing to do with the Texans and everything to do with CBS. I felt like it was the right decision. My wife would tell you we’ve had a lot of late nights. It was nice to have some clarity.”

Romo could consider a return to NFL in future

Romo hasn’t officially come out in the open to reveal his retirement. When asked about the subject, the former Cowboys veteran revealed that he does envision playing football. He also expects to get some calls.

Meanwhile, an unnamed NFL executive revealed that Romo is still being considered by every team as their emergency backup QB. There could be instances in future when the 36-year-old is paid to come out of retirement.

Romo’s decision to retire from the game is health-related. He also believes that family and health are paramount at this point of his life.

The Cowboys are expected to designate Romo as a post-June 1 cut, meaning the signal-caller will count $10.7 million against the salary cap in 2017 and $8.9 million in 2018. The move will clear $14 million in cap space.

Competition for Romo’s signature

Romo will be paired with Jim Nantz as CBS’ top game analyst. With CBS, the 6-ft-2 former quarterback will become their No. 1 color commentator. It has to be noted that Romo had drawn interest from other networks like FOX and NBC.

“Just a couple of weeks ago, Fox was considered the front-runner to land Romo, since it carries the NFC package that Romo knows so well. But a concern for Romo was that another former Cowboys QB, Troy Aikman, is the net’s top NFL game analyst, and he is not likely to leave the booth any time soon.” John Ourand of Sports Business Daily reported.

Injuries played a role to the end of Romo’s NFL career. The 36-year-old was struck with shoulder issues throughout 2015. In 2016, his season never started as he suffered a compression fraction of his L1 vertebrae in the Cowboys’ third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Rookie QB Dak Prescott stepped in to replace Romo and made the position his own. The Cowboys went 13-3 and captured the NFC East title under Prescott before they were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.

Romo never led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl title during his 15 seasons in Dallas. However, the signal-caller was one of NFL’s premier passers during his heyday.

Photo courtesy: Mike LaChance/Flickr

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