Tony Romo rumors: Prime NFL/golf gig with CBS reportedly available

A chance to succeed Phil Simms as Jim Nantz's NFL broadcast partner? A chance to work with Nantz on the network's PGA coverage? That'll get a guy's attention.

The scene:

Jim Nantz in the tower at Augusta National: "To 15 and my partner on the 'NFL on CBS' broadcasts, Tony Romo."

Romo: "Jim, Rickie has about 195 yards left, looks like he's got about an 8-iron."

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If what was reported Wednesday is right, viewers could be hearing that exchange in the near future.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday at the league's owners meetings that CBS is interested in hiring Romo to replace Phil Simms as an NFL analyst. Simms, of course, is paired with Nantz on football. Because Romo is a near-scratch golfer who regularly mingles with the pros, he'd be able to make his way around the links, too.


Rapoport offered very little addition information, such as whether Romo is now more willing to retire this offseason. But teams are reluctant to trade for him, the Cowboys are in no rush to release their longtime quarterback, andCBS andFox are apparently pursuing him hard. Anopportunity to join a TV network's No. 1 NFL team ought to get his attention.

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If CBS's interest is real (Rapoport did not say whether the network had a response to his reporting), a Romo hire would set up the interesting dynamic (Cowboys haters would use a harsher word) of dueling ex-Cowboys quarterbacks working on national NFL broadcasts. The Eye would have its own Troy Aikman.

Is Romo ready to be on equal footing with Aikman? Probably not. Aikman had to grow into the role, and Fox allowed him to do that. Romo likely would have similar growing pains at CBS.It can't be easy to critique friends, ex-teammates or even respected opponents. Aikman's voice has gotten stronger the farther away he has gotten from the playing part of football. Romo, it seems, would need to go through the same process.

As to whether the greater PGA Tour would embrace him . . . well, if he starts quoting "Tin Cup," there might be some issues.


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