UPDATE: John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports Romo will join CBS and is expected to replace Phil Simms as the network’s top color commentator. In that arrangement, Romo would work with play-by-play man Jim Nantz.
Adam Schefter quickly confirmed the report.
Ourand reports Romo and CBS have “a verbal agreement” but no deal is in place yet. CBS outbid Fox Sports, which wanted the former Cowboys quarterback to replace new San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch, for the right to employ Romo, Ourand says.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds Romo will also do golf broadcasting.
WASHINGTON — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will be released by the Dallas Cowboys, then he will retire with the intention of entering the broadcasting world, according to a report from Adam Schefter.
Romo, who was replaced last season by rookie phenom Dak Prescott, was expected to be wearing a different jersey come 2017, but now it appears he’ll be donning a suit and tie for the upcoming NFL season. Due to a variety of injuries and surgeries in recent years, Romo played just four games in 2015, he missed one game apiece in 2013 and 2014, and he broke a bone in his back during the preseason last year, allowing Prescott to get a chance.
He retires with 34,183 passing yards and 248 touchdowns, good for 29th and 21st all time, respectively. His career passer rating of 97.1 is the fourth-best in NFL history, behind just Aaron Rodgers (104.1), Russell Wilson (99.6) and Tom Brady (97.2).
Amid the reports, speculation swirled that Romo was not completely sold on retirement, and that he might be swayed to rejoin the league if an enticing situation presented itself.
Romo was an undrafted free agent out of college, but he amassed an impressive career over 13 NFL seasons. He played 156 games with the Cowboys, starting 127 of them, and compiled a 78-49 record. His career record against the Redskins is 11-9.
Romo is expected to join 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Wednesday, an appearance announced Monday before the news of retirement broke.