ESPN is reporting that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will retire and take up a career in broadcasting. This means that all of Houston can let out a collective sigh of relief (or cry of agony as the case may be). Red for one is glad that the Texans will not fall for the trap of signing a tired, old Tony Romo to be their starting QB for what would likely be 3 games before he goes down for the season. The idea that TR was the answer to the Texans’ quarterback problem always struck Red as ludicrous. Romo had a track record of near abject failure in the playoffs and to think that would change in Houston was a pipedream.
Dallas is expected to designate Romo as a post-June 1 release, softening the blow against the Cowboys’ cap this season. Instead of counting $24.7 million in 2017, Romo would count $10.7 million this year and $8.9 million in 2018. The Cowboys would gain $14 million in cap space, but it would not become available until June 2. But after Tuesday, Romo will no longer be with the Cowboys.
Romo’s decision came down to his health, sources close to the situation told ESPN. Romo, who turns 37 on April 21, believes his family and his health are paramount at this time in his life. He was limited to playing in just parts of five games over the past two seasons because of collarbone and back injuries, and he suffered a compression fracture in his back last August that led to him ultimately giving way to Dak Prescott.
The upside for Red is that Romo is rumored to replace addled and incoherent Phil Simms in the booth next to overrated and annoying Jim Nantz. Nothing would make Red happier than TR having to put up with prima donna Nantz and his smarminess on 18 weekends next season.