After reports about his intentions to retire, the Dallas Cowboys have now officially released quarterback Tony Romo as a post-June 1st cut.
After months of speculation, the saga surrounding the Dallas Cowboys and veteran quarterback Tony Romo appears to be coming to an end. Early Tuesday, several sources reported Romo’s intentions to retire in order to jump start his television career as a color commentator.
Tuesday afternoon, NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport along with ESPN’s Todd Archer both reported that the Cowboys have released Romo, designating him a post-June 1st cut. The Dallas Cowboys themselves have now officially announced his release as well.
By releasing the veteran gunslinger, Dallas loses his rights as a player. And by designating Romo a post-June 1st cut, the Cowboys will be able to spread his sizeable salary cap hit over the next two seasons.
Romo made 133 career starts as a member of America’s Team. The soon-to-be 37-year old is currently the franchise’s career leader in passing yardage (34,183), passing touchdowns (248) and passer rating (97.1 – 500 attempts or more).
Although it is a somber day for Cowboy fans, Romo himself has reportedly accepted one of the best jobs in all of sports media. SportsBusiness Journal first reported that the veteran quarterback is joining CBS and will likely replace Phil Simms as the network’s top color commentator along with legendary broadcaster Jim Nantz,
Romo himself confirmed the news in his own unique via Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday marks a monumental for the Dallas Cowboys franchise as there is no longer a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott is now firmly entrenched as the starter under center. And we should all be looking forward to the first Cowboys game Romo covers as a commentator.