For the last 14 years, Tony Romo has been a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Today, on the 4th of April, Romo decided to move on to the next chapter. Tony Romo is retiring and joining the CBS broadcasting team. This opportunity was just too good for Romo to pass up.
Unlike the majority of NFL retirees, Tony’s next chapter is one that he has already began writing. Earlier today it was announced that he will be taking over for Phil Simms as the lead broadcast analyst and color commentator for CBS alongside Jim Nantz. Simms has been part of the CBS team, broadcasting since 1998. Romo and CBS have been speaking about since this immediately following the end of the football season. Romo should have several Cowboy games, as they are widely televised. If league sticks to history, @tonyromo will work Thanksgiving Day game at AT&T plus at least one more Cowboys game in 2017.
The decision to choose CBS over many playoff-ready NFL teams is one that I definitely agree with. Aside from his injury history, I wouldn’t want to see him play without a star on his helmet, and Romo definitely felt the same way. “I’m and Dallas Cowboy and I understand that,” Romo said when speaking on his unwillingness to play for another organization. He was also quoted years past that he wouldn’t want to content for a Super Bowl with anyone else but the Dallas Cowboys.
Romo spoke on a conference call with representatives from CBS, as well as the general media. Here is the link to the video (it is a bit lengthy).
“I’m really excited about the challenge ahead. I’m excited. It’s going to be a great challenge for me … I hope that I’m able to make the CBS family proud with their decision.”
Following Romo’s decision, which was first reported by ESPN, the Cowboys released Romo.
When a player is released or retires, the entire unamortized signing bonus money (the remaining prorated bonus money) left on his contract comes into play immediately and counts against the current year’s salary cap. In Romo’s case, that is $19.4 million in bonuses left on his contract (5.0 + 5.7 + 5.7 +3.2 = 19.4).
However, if a player is cut after June 1 or is simply designated a “June 1 cut”, only the 2017 part of the unamortized signing bonus counts against the salary cap in 2017, while the remainder counts against the 2018 salary cap. In Romo’s case, that means only the 2017 unamortized bonuses (worth $10.7 million) would accrue immediately (5.7 + 5.0 = 10.7) while the $8.9 million worth of unamortized bonuses for 2018 and 2019 (5.7 + 3.2 = 8.9) would only accrue in 2018.
Why did Tony Romo ask for release? “I was going to have to pay back some money if I wasn’t. That was part of it.” A $5 million part of it.
In releasing the veteran, the Cowboys are also releasing their rights to the quarterback by not placing him on the reserve/retired list.
“We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “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.
“Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organization for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the field,” Jones continued. “He will leave us with many great memories and a legacy of being, truly, one of the greatest players in Cowboys history. We are thrilled for him and his family that he will be able to continue working as a professional in the game he so dearly loves.”
Head Coach Jason Garrett echoed Jones’ sentiments, complementing Romo for competing “to the end in everything that he does… That relentless spirit that Tony plays with is contagious,” Garrett said in a statement. “He makes his teammates better. He makes his coaches better. He makes his team better. He has grown so much as a player and as a person over the course of his career and has made a significant impact on the lives of so many. I consider myself fortunate to be at the top of that list. It has been one of the great privileges of my life to work with Tony Romo, one of the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history.”
Jerry Jones has been undoubtedly one of the biggest Romo supporters throughout his career. Tony has even noted that nobody has been a bigger supporter than the legendary Cowboys owner. Interesting to note, the competition of Romo will always be there, as he didn’t even want to meet with other teams. A few days ago, Jerry granted all thirty-opposing teams permission to speak or workout the quarterback. This contact would of only been in regards to trade speculation. This enticement is the feeling he said he had gotten from the CBS team. For what it’s worth, Romo said that he would consider coming back if the Cowboys ever really needed him.
“He’s been great,” Romo said of Jones on 105.3 The Fan’s “Ben and Skin Show” (h/t SportsDay). “He’s been there for me through my entire time. There wasn’t anybody who stood up for me more last year. That meant as much as anything just the fact that he loved me and wanted good things for me.
Coming into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2003, Romo was brought in through the interest of then, Cowboys quarterback’s coach/asst. head coach and now New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton, as well as then Cowboys head coach, Bill Parcells. Payton likewise to Romo, went to Eastern Illinois, and he later tried trading for the quarterback, however, Jerry Jones would not listen to any of it. If not for Sean Payton, Tony Romo might have never been Tony Romo. Romo leaves back a legacy as in my opinion the greatest player in NFL history to ever go undrafted. The Dallas Cowboys have had great success when it has come to undrafted free agents throughout time. Aside from Romo, you have the legendary 88 Drew Pearson, Nate Newton, Bill Bates, Cornell Green, Cliff Harris (who took over immediately after Green’s retirement at safety in 1974), and of course Miles Austin. The Cowboys now have Dan Bailey, Cole Beasley, La’el Collins, David Irving, and Lucky White who have all been undrafted.
- 2010: OC Phil Costa, S , S , FB Chris Gronkowski.
- 2011: RB Phillip Tanner, C Kevin Kowalski, OLB Alex Albright, K
- 2012: OG Ronald Leary, WR Cole Beasley, RB Lance Dunbar
- 2013: S
- 2014: QB Dustin Vaughan, CB Tyler Patmon, DT Davon Coleman, OT Donald Hawkins
- 2015: OG La’el Collins, DL David Irving, WR Lucky Whitehead
Tony Romo was the 9th Cowboys starting quarterback since legendary Troy Aikman when he took over for Drew Bledsoe as the starting quarterback on October 23rd, 2006. Several Dallas Cowboys including Romo’s successor, quarterback Dak Prescott shared their emotions on the retirement of the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Cowboys Paying Homage to Romo:
Dez Bryant, Terrell Owens, Miles Austin, and Marcus Spears also had kid words to say about the quarterback in the media.
DallasCowboys.com Top 10 Romo Moments:
Romo Career Tribute Madden 17 Ultimate Team Career Tribute 99 OVR Card:
Tony Romo’s 30 game-winning drives is seven more than fellow Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach and nine more than Troy Aikman. He was also one of the toughest athletes to ever play a sport. During his career, he played through broken fingers, broken ribs, a broken back, and even a punctured lung. He came back very quickly from multiple broken clavicles and broken fingers, very often finishing games with noticeable injuries such as a significant limp or hunch.
Romo follows a list of legendary quarterback’s careers coming to an end. This list includes: Brett Favre, Kurt Warner and Peyton Manning.
Published by: Nicco Vocaturo
“Oh, OK. Great. Does that mean you’re going to be around more? Good. Well then you can buy me LEGOs,” Romo said Hawkins stated after being informed of the former quarterback’s decision earlier this week.