Tony Romo “has options,” according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Among those options, potentially: replacing Phil Simms on CBS No. 1 NFL broadcast team.
Romo is a longtime friend of CBS lead play by play voice Jim Nantz, and is represented by CAA, which has a major broadcast division. It’s unlikely that this is the first time he’s thought about calling games in his post-playing career — maybe even at CBS, maybe even with Nantz.
Of all the knowns in the Romo saga — he has a standing offer from FOX to replace 49ers GM John Lynch on their No. 2 play by play crew; Jones doesn’t want Romo playing for a division rival like Washington or, possibly, an in-state rival like Houston — maybe the biggest unknown is, Does Romo still want to play football? All we’ve heard from Romo since the season ended is the “goodbye’ to Cowboys fans that he posted to his Twitter account. He hasn’t demanded a trade or release. He hasn’t said whether he wants to play, for the Texans or anybody.
It’s unclear what CBS timetable would be for this type of a move. Would they want Romo to step in for Simms immediately? Would they want to break him in — in 2017 or later — on a lesser crew, and promote him after a year or two? Troy Aikman, another longtime Cowboys QB to eventually make his way into the broadcast booth, didn’t get the No. 1 job until his second season, in 2002. Simms spent time at ESPN and earned the top spot at NBC, before doing the same at CBS.
Whatever happens, here’s to hoping it’s over soon.
At some point, the Texans — and fans and media in this town — have to move on, with or without him.
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