When Tony Romo announced his retirement from the NFL in early April, the veteran quarterback left the door ever so slightly ajar for a potential return down the line by admitting he was “99 percent” done playing football.
Even though Romo will be taking over one of the biggest broadcasting jobs in the business by pairing up with Jim Nantz for CBS’ No. 1 team, there’s still been speculation that he could be tempted to return – especially if Dak Prescott goes down with an injury and the Dallas Cowboys come calling.
Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson believes Romo is “definitely” still capable of playing, and while he admitted it was above his pay grade, he said it’s “fun to speculate” about the four-time Pro Bowler returning.
“You know it’s hard to say,” Wilson told Matt Galatzan of scout.com. “Those conversations about Tony and ‘What’s he going to do, is he going to Houston, is he going to Denver, is he going into broadcasting?’ – they were way above my floor, where I’m at.”
“It’s fun to speculate about that, if Dak were to go down in Week 2, would Tony come back? I don’t know the answer to that. I just don’t know. Do I think he’s capable of coming back and playing? Most definitely. Does he want to or what his commitment is to the network? I don’t know that, so it’s fun to think about, and it’s fun water-cooler topics to talk about, (even without) information to make a definitive answer on that.”
If Prescott does end up hurt and ruled out long term, Dallas likely wouldn’t find a better option than Romo, who knows every last detail about the offense and its personnel and could seamlessly transition back into the lineup.
Whether he truly would want to is another matter entirely, but the Cowboys do boast genuine Super Bowl aspirations, and it’s hard to envision Romo – who won just two playoff games during his career – passing on the chance at one last title run.
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