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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Football

Tony Romo will reportedly sign with CBS, replace Phil Simms

Tony Romo

Tony Romo has decided to close the book on his football career, but that does not mean he will be far from the game in 2017.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Romo and CBS have reached a verbal agreement for the former quarterback to join the network next season. Romo will likely replace Phil Simms and call games alongside Jim Nantz.

Romo is also an avid golfer, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says the possibility of working some golf broadcasts with CBS was appealing to the 36-year-old.

Ourand added that CBS outbid FOX to land Romo. One potential issue could be that Romo reportedly does not want to call both Sunday games and “Thursday Night Football,” and the NFL has been insistent in the past that CBS put its top broadcasting team on the Thursday night games.

While Romo appears set to land in the booth in the immediate future, there have been some rumblings that his playing career may not be completely over. Any contract he signs with CBS or another network would likely include a clause that would allow him to return to playing.

Report: Texans likely to draft QB, start Tom Savage for now

Tom Savage

The Houston Texans will likely be disappointed with Tony Romo’s decision to retire, but they now have to accept the reality that they do not have an above-average starting quarterback on their roster for Week 1. That will likely dictate the way they approach the NFL Draft later this month.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Texans are planning to move forward with Tom Savage as their starter and will probably draft a quarterback. The Denver Broncos, who were also interested in Romo, are expected to stick with Trevor Siemian and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

One Texans beat writer speculated earlier in the offseason that the team could address the QB position early in the draft whether they landed Romo or not, so the latest report makes sense.

The shocking trade that sent Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns was good for Houston regardless. Clearing his horrible contract off the books was a priority with or without Romo. While there has already been speculation that Romo’s retirement could be temporary, it is unlikely he would reconsider for the Texans.

Report: Tony Romo would consider return if Cowboys needed him

Tony Romo Cowboys

Tony Romo has decided to retire from football to spend more time with his family and pursue a career in broadcasting, but that does not mean he is totally ruling out a return to the field.

Jane Slater of NFL Network reports that Romo would consider playing again if a situation arose where the Dallas Cowboys needed him.

That likely means Romo would reconsider his retirement if Dak Prescott suffered some sort of serious injury. Should something like that happen, Romo could — in theory — step in and help the Cowboys remain competitive without having to learn a new system.

Romo reportedly has at least one very good offer from a TV network, and there are likely many others. If he is, in fact, open to returning to the Cowboys in the right situation, any contract he signs for a job in TV would likely include a clause that allows him to pursue that opportunity if need be.

Tony Romo reportedly retiring to pursue career in broadcasting

Tony Romo

Neither the Denver Broncos nor the Houston Texans will be landing Tony Romo this offseason, as the veteran quarterback has decided to end his playing career.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Todd Archer reported on Tuesday that Romo will retire from football to pursue a career in broadcasting.

The Cowboys on Monday granted teams permission to talk with Romo, and they were apparently planning to release the 36-year-old this week. Sources told ESPN that his decision ultimately came down to health, as Romo has undergone multiple back surgeries.

One NFL executive is not yet convinced that Romo is truly retired.

“Romo is now every team’s emergency backup QB in case your starter gets hurt,” the exec told ESPN, noting that teams would have to “pay him to come out of retirement.”

Should Romo decide to get into broadcasting immediately, he reportedly has an excellent job offer waiting for him.

School denies report Ray Rice hired as running backs coach

Ray Rice

It was reportedly earlier on Monday that Ray Rice had taken a job as a running backs coach for a New Jersey high school. The school has since denied that report.

Rice on Monday met with Mike Teel, the head football coach at Don Bosco Prep High School in New Jersey. It was reported shortly thereafter that Rice had accepted a job as the running backs coach.

Don Bosco representatives have since denied this report.

Rice, who grew up in New York and went to college at Rutgers in New Jersey, was a teammate of Teel while at Rutgers.

Last year, there was a “growing sense” Rice may get another shot in the NFL. You can read what ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported here. That, however, did not come to be as Rice once again found himself on the outside looking in.

Now 30 years old, Rice has reportedly been holding out hope for a return to the field as a player. However, with no one offering him an opportunity, it appears we have seen the last of Rice as a professional football player. A job as a coach would provide Rice the opportunity to pass along knowledge he’s gained over the years and still keep him close to a game he obviously still loves, so it makes sense that he would be interested in such a gig. It remains to be seen whether he’ll ultimately be hired.

Broncos, Texans still not going to trade for Tony Romo

Tony Romo

The Dallas Cowboys may be making Tony Romo available to teams interested in trading for the quarterback, but that might not change anything.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says the Broncos and Texans still will not trade for Romo.

Romo remains in limbo ahead of the 2017 season as Dallas continues to hold his rights. The issue is that the Cowboys are playing a game of chicken with those two teams, hoping one of them flinches and trades something for the veteran quarterback. Instead, both teams seem content to wait until Dallas releases Romo, at which point they will begin negotiating with him.

Some believe the Cowboys may release Romo prior to the beginning of offseason team activities, which begin in two weeks. Romo is also receiving serious interest from TV networks.

Report: Patriots were unwilling to make Adrian Peterson contract offer

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson left his visit with the New England Patriots without a deal, and he reportedly walked away without an offer, too.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots did not make an offer to Peterson — and he seems to think one won’t be coming.

Peterson has some interest around the league, but this makes the Patriots sound like a longshot. They’re apparently not after him right now.

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