NEW YORK (CBS HOUSTON) – Tony Romo was officially announced as the new lead analyst for CBS Sports on Tuesday and admitted to reporters that the decision to leave football for television was one that took him some long nights of contemplation and reflection.
Romo will replace Phil Simms alongside Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on the top broadcast of the NFL on CBS on Sunday afternoons and on CBS’ coverage of Thursday Night Football.
While Romo didn’t have the opportunity to negotiate or workout for any teams that would have considered adding him to their quarterback room including the Houston Texans, Romo made the decision independent of the different teams that may have been interested.
“It was a very difficult decision and I went back and forth many times,” Romo said on an introductory conference call with CBS Sports. “There were many reasons basically that I felt this was the right decision, it really had nothing to do with the Texans and everything to do with CBS and the team that they have, the ability to work alongside Jim Nantz and just knowing what I wanted to do the next 15, 20, 30 years.”
Romo did admit that if he had decided to play that a move down Interstate 45 would have been a very likely possibility.
“I’m just trying to make the best decision possible for me and my family,” Romo added when asked about the Houston Texans. “Obviously Houston was at the top of the list of teams that I looked at .”
The Texans will now have to look elsewhere to improve a quarterback room that includes fourth year quarterback Tom Savage and journeyman veteran Brandon Weeden. The Texans are very likely to draft a quarterback and will likely add a veteran in free agency as well.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio