Tony Romo is putting his playing career in the rear view mirror in order to begin a new career in sports television. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback has signed on with CBS where he’ll be thrusted immediately into the spotlight alongside Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on the lead announce team. Romo will be part of The NFL on CBS on Sunday afternoons and Thursday Night Football.
“When you think about the NFL, two of the most iconic brands are the Dallas Cowboys and CBS Sports,” said Romo. “Going from one legendary team to another as I begin the next phase of my career is a dream come true. I have always known that once my playing career was over I wanted to become a broadcaster. I am ecstatic for the opportunity to work with Jim as I learn the craft and convey to fans my passion for this great game.”
With Romo elevated to the lead chair, Phil Simms’ status with CBS is still to be determined. The network is said to be receptive to utilizing him in a different role but whether or not that appeals to Simms is unclear.
“As we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Phil Simms who served as our lead NFL analyst for nearly 20 years,” said Sean McManus, Chairman of CBS Sports. “Phil has been a very important part of our coverage since the NFL returned to CBS in 1998. His strong opinions, coupled with his tremendous knowledge and passion for the National Football League, has created a unique broadcasting style making him one of the best analysts to ever call the game. We are discussing with Phil his future role with CBS Sports. We cannot thank him enough for the way he has represented himself and CBS Sports during his tenure as CBS’s lead NFL analyst.”
“Phil has multiple years left on his contract,” Simms’ agent Steve Rosner told NJ.com. “I’ve had a few brief discussions with CBS in regard to the future, and we have decided at the moment that we will regroup within the next month or so and figure out what his future role will be.”
As far as future options for Simms are concerned, CBS has a vacancy on its pregame and postgame show due to Tony Gonzalez leaving. There’s also the possibility of moving to the #2 broadcast team but that would require the network breaking up Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts and possibly making changes to other broadcast teams, something CBS may or may not wish to pursue.
Simms also could elect to explore FOX Sports’ vacancy on its #2 team which was created when John Lynch left to become the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. But in order to explore that opportunity Simms would need to negotiate his exit from CBS and leave the company he’s called home since 1998.