Tony Romo Has Decided to Leave NFL for Broadcasting

By Staff  |  04/04/2017

Tony Romo

Although the Dallas Cowboys plans to release him this week, allowing him to sign with another team, quarterback Tony Romo is leaving football.

According to ESPN, several networks are interested in Romo as a broadcaster, including CBS, FOX and NBC, essentially giving him the option to go where he chooses.

Dallas will release their longtime quarterback on Tuesday (April 4) and are expected to designate him as a post-June 1 release, which will give them more cap space this upcoming season. Instead of counting $24.7 million in 2017, Romo would count $10.7 million this year and $8.9 million in 2018. This would give the Cowboys an additional $14 million in cap space, but it would not become available until June 2.

Still, after Tuesday, Romo will no longer be with the Cowboys.

Sources tell ESPN that Romo's decision to retirement came down to his health. He returns 37 this month, and over the past two seasons, he's been limited to playing in just five games, due to various injuries -- including collarbone and back injuries, such as a compression fracture in his back last fall.

His injuries last season gave way for rookie Dak Prescott, who has been given the reins as starting quarterback for the Cowboys moving forward.