You will not see Tony Romo on the sidelines for the Dallas Cowboys or any other team this season. Romo announced his retirement Tuesday and the Cowboys officially released him, NFL.com reported.
Romo will now work alongside Jim Nantz as the No. 1 color commentator for NFL games on CBS, replacing longtime analyst Phil Simms.
“I’m really excited about the challenge ahead,” Romo said. “I’m excited. It’s going to be a great challenge for me … I hope that I’m able to make the CBS family proud with their decision.”
By releasing Romo outright, Dallas loses its rights to his contract. They did not place him on the reserved, retired list.
“We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family.
“Tony has been a wonderful representative of the Cowboys organization for 14 years, and he left everything he had on the field,” Jones added. “He will leave us with many great memories and a legacy of being, truly, one of the greatest players in Cowboys history. We are thrilled for him and his family that he will be able to continue working as a professional in the game he so dearly loves.”
Romo finishes his career with 34,183 passing yards and 248 passing touchdowns. He played in six playoff games and only won two.