Cowboys' Tony Romo retiring, replacing Phil Simms at CBS


DALLAS (AP) - Tony Romo is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys to replace another former quarterback in Phil Simms as lead analyst for CBS.

The network announced Tuesday that Romo will be paired with Jim Nantz on Thursday night and Sunday games next season. The former 10-year starter considered multiple network offers while also deciding whether to keep playing after losing the Dallas job to rookie Dak Prescott last season.

The departure of the all-time passing leader has been expected since November, when Romo conceded the job after missing 10 weeks with a back injury. The Cowboys were in the middle of a franchise-record 11-game winning streak when Romo returned.

The Cowboys released Romo on Tuesday after delaying the decision to see they could generate interest in a trade, which also gave the married father of two with another child on the way more time to consider his future.

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Tony Romo is retiring rather than try to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys, a source with knowledge of the decision says.

The all-time passing leader for the storied franchise is headed to the broadcast booth after considering those offers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because Romo's decision hasn't been announced.

Romo's departure from Dallas has been the most likely outcome since November, when he returned after missing the first 10 weeks with a back injury. He conceded the starting job to rookie Dak Prescott with the Cowboys in the middle of a franchise-record 11-game winning streak.

The four-time Pro Bowler turns 37 this month and battled injuries the last few years of his career.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will retire and pursue a career in broadcasting, multiple media outlets are reporting.

The Cowboys are set to release Romo on Tuesday.

Romo's plans were first reported by ESPN.

Romo just appeared in five games over the last two seasons, the result of a twice-broken collarbone and broken back. In each case, Romo came back for at least one appearance.

Romo, during his last injury, was replaced by Dak Prescott, who shined during his rookie season

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