It would not be crazy for Tony Romo to consider retirement right now.
He is 36 years old and coming off a serious back injury, and he’s no longer the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Meanwhile, he’s handsome, charming and well-spoken and will likely have numerous options in post-football life.
But according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Romo will resist the advances of television executives and continue playing football. Schefter reports that Romo has generated “strong interest” from television networks hoping to bring him on as a color commentator but that the quarterback is not ready to hang up his cleats just yet.
Now that it seems Romo will in fact be playing football next year, the big question is where he’ll be.
Though Romo is under contract with the Cowboys for the next three years, it’s pretty safe to assume he’ll begin the 2017 season elsewhere. Dallas has found its quarterback of the future in Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott and presumably has no use for a $14 million back-up.
Of course, Romo was one of the league’s best quarterbacks before a back injury torpedoed his 2016 season, so the line of potential suitors should be long. He could end up with the Broncos or Browns or Chiefs or any number of other teams. Just don’t expect him to land at ESPN or CBS just yet.