After months of deliberation, Tony Romo is retiring from football. The soon-to-be 37-year-old is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in passing yards (34,183) and touchdown passes (248), but injuries – not to mention the stellar play of Dak Prescott – sent Romo into early retirement.
The last few months haven’t been easy for the four-time Pro Bowler.
“Tony just couldn’t let Dallas go,” NFL Network reporter Jane Slater said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “He really was struggling with the fact that this was the best he ever had, that he was in the best shape that he felt he had been in recent years, and he was struggling with this idea that it was over. I don’t think that he truly was able to honestly confront the reality of Dallas moving forward until this offseason, and when the offers weren’t necessarily rolling in and (Denver and Houston) were holding tight, I think he started to ask himself, ‘Do I really want to go and try out for teams? Do I really want to go and endear myself to a new organization? Do I really want to learn a new playbook? I’m not going to have that cozy relationship that I’ve enjoyed in Dallas with management for 14 years.'”
Romo was consulted about personnel decisions in Dallas. That wouldn’t have happened in Denver or Houston – or anywhere else.
“Talking to GMs and coaches at the Combine, they told me it’s such a unique situation for a quarterback,” Slater said. “(They said), ‘We don’t go to dinners with our quarterbacks. We don’t have these sort of relationships because it is a business and these things happen.’ I think as Tony started to really think about that, he began to wonder at 37 and by history of injuries and a child on the way, ‘Do I really want to put myself and my family through this?’ I think the answer for him was ultimately no. I don’t think it helped that he was necessarily sitting on this roster as long as he was, but it’s my understanding that it gave him time to think. It’s my understanding that (his relationship with) the Jones family is still very much intact.”
Romo will reportedly go into broadcasting, with CBS, Fox and NBC all being potential destinations.
“In talking to the people that have been close to him, this CBS thing seems to be playing very hard,” Slater said. “Obviously you’ve heard the reports about this want to replace (Phil) Simms in the booth, but it goes back to his relationship with Jim Nantz. I get the sense that Jim and he perhaps have been talking about this for a bit. Maybe Jim helped get this ball rolling, and I get the sense that he’s going to go somewhere where he has sort of a mentor there, maybe someone looking out for him to ensure his success. It seems like he would be set up to succeed at CBS. Broadcasting is not the easiest gig, either. If he’s going to be starting a new career, I believe that he would be set up to succeed a little more at CBS than perhaps at places like Fox or ESPN.”