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Romo says goodbye to Cowboys, joins CBS as NFL analyst

By Dave Goldman 7:51 PM April 4, 2017

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has transitioned from the pocket to the booth. The 14-year veteran has been released by the team, but fans will still see him on Sundays.

Now he’ll be wearing a sport coat for CBS. Romo is retiring from football and entering the broadcasting business as he takes over the lead NFL analyst role for the network joining Jim Nantz. He’ll replace Phil Simms, who held the position for nearly 20 years.

At 36, Romo did not completely close the door on a comeback, but reiterated that it’s highly unlikely he’ll return to the field. Both Houston and Denver have high-powered teams with playoff aspirations but appear to lack a top-flight quarterback who can lead them deep into the post season and were considered suitors this off season.

Now, both will have to look elsewhere.

Romo dealt with injuries over the past two seasons that limited him to only five games. A broken bone in his back in 2016 forced him to the sideline for much of the season. He yielded the starting job to rookie Dak Prescott, who led the team to the playoffs. Romo, the team’s all-time passing leader in yards and touchdowns, never got the chance to win his job back as Prescott cemented himself as the franchise’s quarterback of the future.

Coincidentally, he’ll be the second former Cowboys quarterback to become part of a network’s A-team broadcast unit. Troy Aikman is Fox’s lead NFL analyst.

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