The Dallas Cowboys are rumored to be welcoming back their former starting quarterback, Tony Romo, who has decided to postpone his broadcasting career.
Note: This article was originally published on April 1, 2019.
The last time Tony Romo was on a football field as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys was January 1, 2017. Since then, the 14-year veteran passer has transitioned to a massively successful broadcasting career as a color commentator for CBS. But it was recently reported that Romo’s representatives were looking for a contract extension for a record $10 million a year.
Romo is currently in the midst of a three-year deal with CBS that pays him $4 million a year and runs through the end of the 2019 NFL season. The idea was floated that the former quarterback may decide to walk away from the booth completely if he didn’t receive a new extended contract. And now, that appears to be the case.
According to an unnamed source, Romo and the Cowboys have had discussions for several weeks about a possible return to the team. While many seem to believe he’d return to Dallas eventually as a coach, rumors actually point to him returning as a player.
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This is exactly what happened with tight end Jason Witten back in February. The 36-year old Witten retired from the NFL last May after being offered the color commentary seat on ESPN’s legendary Monday Night Football broadcast. But after receiving heavy criticism for his performance in the booth last season, Witten elected to unretire and rejoin the Cowboys as a player.
Now it appears Romo will follow the same path as Witten. If the rumors are true, and the 38-year old is indeed rejoining the Cowboys as a quarterback, how does his presence impact the starting role? And more specifically the future of passer Dak Prescott, who is entering the final season of his rookie contract in Dallas.
Prescott replaced an injured Romo during his rookie season back in 2016. And Dak proceeded to lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, including an impressive 11-game winning streak. Prescott played so well, when Romo was finally healthy enough to return, the Cowboys elected to stick with the rookie passer ultimately ending Tony’s career.
But Prescott has been unable to build on his historic rookie season and has been heavily criticized for his bouts of inaccuracy. But is it actually possible the Cowboys have seen the error of their ways and are planning to plug-in Romo as their starter under center in 2019?
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