Tony Romo, a frequent target of offseason rumors for various teams in search of an answer at quarterback, has decided to retire and will pursue a career in sports broadcasting, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Todd Archer.
The four-time Pro Bowler was on the market this offseason after being replaced by rookie sensation Dak Prescott in 2016. Romo wraps up his career with 34,183 passing yards, 248 touchdowns, and a 97.1 career passer rating that ranks fourth all time. John Ourand reports that Romo will join CBS Sports and be the lead analyst along play-by-play man Jim Nantz, replacing long-time analyst Phil Simms and forming the network’s new No. 1 broadcasting crew.
Romo was briefly a rumored to be involved in a wild three-way deal that would have sent him to Washington, but it never came together. candidate to be the Chicago Bears’ next quarterback. He was seen as a fit for the Bears as a short-term solution, one pundit believed it would come down to either Romo or Jimmy Garoppolo, and some sports books put the Bears among the favorites to land him earlier in the offseason.
Nothing evolved past the rumor stage with the Bears and Romo. Eventually, the Bears settled on cutting ties with Jay Cutler (who might join Romo in retirement at this rate), signing Mike Glennon to replace him, and picking up Mark Sanchez to serve as a backup.