Tony Romo Joining CBS Sports NFL Team

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Insiders say the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is being positioned to replace longtime lead analyst Phil Simms.

Tony Romo is headed to CBS Sports.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback has signed on to join the network's NFL team, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Romo, who is retiring from professional football after 14 years, will serve as the new lead analyst. He will work alongside Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on the lead announce team for The NFL on CBS and the network's Thursday Night Football coverage, the latter which is going into its fourth year.

"Tony has been one of the NFL’s biggest stars for the past decade, and we are thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports,” said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. “He will bring the same passion, enthusiasm and knowledge that he displayed on the field to the broadcast booth. He brings a fresh and insightful perspective to our viewers having just stepped off the field. We know Tony will quickly develop into a terrific analyst, and alongside Jim Nantz, will become a must-listen for fans each week.”

In his new position, Romo replaces Phil Simms as lead analyst. Simms has been with CBS Sports since 1998. His future at CBS Sports remains unclear following the addition of Romo. Simms' son, Chris Simms, joined the organization in 2014. 

“As we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Phil Simms who served as our lead NFL analyst for nearly 20 years,” added McManus. “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.”

Romo also joins an analyst team that includes Steve Beuerlein, Randy Cross, Dan Fouts, Trent Green, Rich Gannon and Steve Tasker.

“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.”

Romo also confirmed his move in a tweet midday Tuesday.

Speculation about Romo's football future had run rampant for months. Romo's decision to segue into broadcasting came after a rough 2016-17 football season during which he was plagued by a broken back, forcing him to the sidelines for a large chunk of the season. Romo was replaced by quarterback Dak Prescott.

Romo eventually returned to the field for the end of the Cowboys' season. The team finished the regular season atop the NFC East and tied for the best record in Cowboys' history with a 13-3 record. However, the Cowboys lost to the Green Bay Packers in the postseason.

In addition to his NFL career, he has previously held endorsement deals with DirecTV, Under Armour, Core Power and Pizza Hut.

Romo is repped by Tom Young and R.J. Gonser at CAA.

Sports Business Journal first reported the news. 

April 4, 12:25 p.m. Updated with statements from CBS Sports and Romo.

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