Report: CBS wants Tony Romo as potential Phil Simms replacement
We knew that Tony Romo was getting some lucrative offers from the broadcasting world, but one report indicates that CBS is looking to him as a possible No. 1 color commentator.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, CBS Sports is interested in the Dallas Cowboys quarterback as a potential replacement for Phil Simms, who has served as the lead commentator for the NFL on CBS since the network reacquired the broadcast rights in 1998.
One tidbit on #Cowboys QB Tony Romo: CBS is eyeing him as a potential replacement for Phil Simms in the booth. A big-time opportunity looms.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2017
CBS’s interest isn’t new, but this is the first indication of how highly the network seems to value him. It’s not clear if Romo would be groomed for the role, or if Simms is being pushed out or eyeing retirement. Whatever the case, CBS clearly has big plans for Romo if they can convince him to retire and join their broadcast team.
That bit will be the hard part. Romo has reportedly turned down one big non-playing opportunity that was perhaps similar to this. His intention right now is to play. We’ll see if he sticks to that or if he’s tempted away by broadcasting.