Tony Romo’s success as a broadcaster hasn’t eliminated interest from the league in him as a player. The NFL has seen the star analyst and misses the star quarterback, and he’s heard from teams about returning.
“There was something earlier this season and definitely two times this offseason,” Romo said in an interview with The Athletic. “Usually, it is a coach that reaches out.
“There are legitimate contract offers and there are, ‘Hey, what are you thinking?’”
It seems very unlikely Romo would consider returning. He’s been a hit as CBS’ lead analyst and has avoided the hits he used to absorb. He is in line for a major raise and contract extension soon — or else a sweepstakes for his services, as reported by The Post’s Andrew Marchand.
Romo wasn’t the only player who jumped right into the broadcast booth. Former Cowboys teammate Jason Witten did as well, working as an analyst on “Monday Night Football” for ESPN. But unlike Romo, Witten hasn’t been hailed from the start. The two have talked about the transition, with Romo admitting his former longtime teammate got off to “a little bit of a rough start.”
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“The one thing I talked to Jason about before the season was that the start of this [broadcasting] will determine a lot,” Romo said. “If you get off to a really good start, it is kind of like being a rookie in the NFL. If you have a great rookie season, you can almost have two bad years but you are still that guy who had that great rookie year. It takes a long time for people to change their perspective on you.
“If you come out and are not very good in the NFL or you struggled for two years or something, it takes years to change that perspective of you. If you win the Super Bowl in your first year at quarterback, you could play five average years but you are still kind of that guy. So to me, if you get off to a great start [in broadcasting], you can try things and stumble a bit, but it is okay because the majority of people like you. But if you get off to a rough start, it just piles up and everything starts to get nitpicked.
“I think in some ways Jason has really improved as the year has gone on. I think he got off to a little bit of a rough start in a new industry that he had never been a part of and I think he has done a really good job to improve. I think he’s starting to enjoy this and starting to get this thing down.”