Three weeks into NFL free agency, the future of Tony Romo, for now the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, remains unresolved.
Will he be traded to a team such as the Houston Texans? Will he be released, freeing him to sign with a team such as the Houston Texans? Or will he be the backup to Dak Prescott, the least likely possibility given the enormity of his contract? There’s another option and it’s one that is looking better and better every day. Frankly, it’s a solution that is best for his long-term health and for the NFL TV-viewing public.
He can go to CBS to replace Phil Simms as the network’s top analyst.
Now the sticking point to this possibility, reported by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, is that we don’t really know how well Romo would do in the booth on the highest-profile games CBS broadcasts. There would be a learning curve for sure, but could he be worse than Simms, who is a constant game-day target for criticism?
You get the picture. Simms is a nice guy, but … Romo would be an interesting change. Even if CBS took a conservative route and initially put Romo on lesser games, fans might be content just knowing he was warming up on the sideline. And if CBS takes a pass, there’s always Fox. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it has targeted Romo to replace John Lynch on its No. 2 broadcast team. Lynch has been named general manager of the San Francisco 49ers and Romo would be an upgrade there, too.
Now, all we have to do is convince Romo to head to the idiot box. Despite playing in only five games over the past two seasons and being relegated to the bench behind Dak Prescott, Romo still yearns to play. He admitted as much even though he played the part of the good soldier in mentoring Prescott.
“If you think for a second that I don’t want to be out there, then you’ve probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning,” he said, reading from a statement he had prepared last fall. “That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever.”
But Romo will turn 37 in April and these primo broadcast spots don’t open up every day. Given his injury history and age, it’s time he settled into a comfy chair in a broadcast booth.