The Dallas Cowboys have released quarterback Tony Romo, relinquishing his future NFL rights in the process.

The Cowboys noted in the their press release that the move comes “at the request of Romo who will retire from the NFL and pursue a career in broadcasting.” The veteran passer will now join the CBS broadcasting team.

The franchise could have retained Romo’s rights and allowed him to file his retirement paperwork. Releasing him instead means it’s possible he could return to the NFL with another team.

“We wish Tony and his family nothing but the best,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wrote. “As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family.”

Jones finished by writing: “All the best, my friend.”

Dallas designated Romo as a post-June 1 release in order to reduce his salary cap hit, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. It’s believed that his cap hit would drop from $24.7 million to $10.7 million in 2017 and then count for only $8.9 million in 2018.

One NFL executive believes Romo will be regarded as “every team’s emergency backup quarterback” upon his retirement. With his release by the Cowboys, Romo is free to take those calls.

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