Could no NFL team win the Tony Romo sweepstakes?
The (for now) Cowboys quarterback intrigues seemingly everyone, which includes entities outside the league. Fox Sports is after the 36-year-old to be an analyst, ESPN reported Friday night.
Romo has had multiple back and collarbone surgeries and has appeared in just five games the past two seasons, last year getting bumped from his longtime starter role by Dak Prescott. Now, as reports swirl whether he will be outright released or traded by Dallas, Fox Sports is hoping for an audible — Romo simply giving up the game.
Fox Sports lost out on John Lynch, who had been a color commentator for “NFL on Fox” since 2008. The former safety became the surprise 49ers general manager in January, and the network can replace one NFL great with another, if Romo is willing.
The situation is fluid, and the landing spots debatable — the Broncos have long been the assumed match with Romo, but NFL Network reported there is “no guarantee” Denver would lure Romo even if he’s a free agent. Of course this could be lobbying, but the shoo-in that the Broncos appeared to be no longer seems as destined.
The Texans, now without Brock Osweiler, remain a possibility, but the Cowboys appear intent on trading Romo, and Houston reportedly doesn’t have interest in losing draft picks for a fragile quarterback with a $14 million base salary this season.
As Jerry Jones clutches onto Romo, suddenly trying to get a haul in return, the longtime Cowboy could decide to go out as a Cowboy — which Fox Sports craves.