While the National Football League (NFL) offseason is over a couple of weeks old, franchise quarterback Tony Romo still remains a member of the Dallas Cowboys and there doesn’t seem to be a quick resolution of this both sides situation. The long-time starting quarterback for the Cowboys franchise has been linked to a number of professional American football clubs. There is also a TV career in the mix through Fox Sports should he decides to stop playing professional football, but another NFL broadcaster could jump in the mix should Romo becomes available.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday that, in addition to Fox Sports’ interest in Tony Romo, rival NFL broadcaster CBS Sports has shown an interest in hiring the veteran quarterback should he decides to make the move from the professional American football to the broadcasting career. While Tony Romo now has a couple of reported options outside the gridiron, the general attitude remains that he wants to continue his professional career in the league as a starting quarterback outside of Dallas Cowboys.
It's not just FOX in pursuit of Cowboys QB Tony Romo; it's also CBS making a strong push to add him to its team, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2017
It was previously reported that the 36-year-old quarterback Tony Romo would be released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, but executive president and owner Jerry Jones has yet to make the move, keeping four-time Pro Bowler on the active roster so far. By releasing Romo, the franchise would be able to save $14 million in salary cap room for the 2017 NFL season. Romo is entering his fifth year of the current six-year $108 million contract deal with $55 million guaranteed.
Romo was replaced as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback, following a back injury in the NFL preseason last year. The promising rookie quarterback Dak Prescott came in for the former and never looked back as he lead the team to one of the best seasons in the franchise’s storied history. The club have been in a uphill situation this offseason, Tony Romo has played for the Cowboys for his entire 13-year professional NFL career.
The Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver and television personality in his own right, Michael Irvin, without a doubt believes that Romo will not be retiring before next the season, via CBS Sports:
“Tony’s not retiring. Tony’s not retiring. Tony loves to play. Tony is a competitor like you’ve never seen,” Irvin said. “I know his body looks like maybe he’s not. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it in the shower. But this dude can play any sport, and he plays it great. He put it on me in basketball. I don’t even try to mess with him in golf. This dude can play any sport and play it great. I want that. I want that on my team. He’s not retiring, I can tell you that.”
Releasing Romo will be tough for the Cowboys’ fans and ownership to swallow, but the team will likely want his $14 million of salary cap room to be invested in other important things besides backup quarterback.
With the NFL Draft 2017 taking place next month, many would definitely think that this challenging situation will be resolved soon after, but this remains a high stakes game between the Dallas Cowboys itself and the rest of the NFL.