If the Redskins see Tony Romo this year it will be in a network pre-production meeting and not in a helmet on the football field.
CBS announced Tuesday that Romo will join Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on the lead announce team for the network’s coverage of the "NFL on CBS" on Sunday afternoons and Thursday Night Football.
Romo also had drawn interest from NBC, FOX and ESPN.
Romo himself confirmed on Twitter that he will join the CBS booth.
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The Cowboys also announced Tuesday that they had officially released Romo, The team had spent much of the offseason trying to figure out how to get something of value for him in a trade, but they have found no takers.
The Broncos and Texans had been considered the most likely destinations for Romo if he had chosen to continue playing in the NFL.
Romo, who will turn 37 later this month, missed all but one series of last year with a back injury he suffered in a preseason game. Rookie Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC and it became apparent that he was not only the QB of the future but the man for the present as well.
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In 20 games that Romo started against the Redskins the Cowboys went 11-9. He completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 3,007 yards with 27 touchdowns and 16 interception. He had some memorable moments against the Redskins perhaps topped by his late-game interception that let Washington clinch in the NFC East title in Week 17 of the 2012 season.
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Thanks to Antonio Brown, we have the hopes and dreams of a splashy off-season for the Washington Redskins in one tidy four-second video.
Brown, the NFL’s best receiver, is angling for a trade out of Pittsburgh.
Kyler Murray is the reigning Heisman Trophy quarterback and a projected 2019 first round pick.
During the NFC Championship game, the Steelers wide receiver tweeted out a clip of him hauling in a deep pass from the University of Oklahoma product. Yes, that’s going to draw some eyeballs, perhaps especially from fans of a team with quarterback uncertainty and lacking offensive playmakers.
Another OU standout, wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown”, joined his cousin Antonio and Murray for the workout. This isn’t the first time all three shared a field.
Marquise Brown, a true speed threat, could become the first wide receiver selected in the 2019 draft.
There’s no way for the Redskins to land all three. Even two seems highly unlikely considering the two prospects are projected first-round selections and acquiring Brown would cost a No. 1 and plenty more. It’s still cool to dream. Considering the quarterback concerns with Alex Smith, Jamison Crowder entering free agency and the need for more pieces regardless, even landing one of them would work.
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Despite speaking with a number of hot candidates on the job market, the Redskins did not make a change at defensive coordinator. Greg Manuksy will remain in that role.
That doesn't mean the team didn't try, as multiple reports showed that Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams were priority targets for Washington.
On Sunday, a CBS Sports report from Jason La Canfora said that Redskins owner Dan Snyder was the driver in pursuit of first Bowles and then Williams. The story also points out that the Redskins owner was leading the effort, not head coach Jay Gruden.
The story says Snyder put the 'full-court press' on Bowles and offered to make him the highest paid coordinator in the NFL.
When Bowles decided to go to Tampa and work with Bruce Arians, Snyder turned his focus to Williams. From the story:
Williams and Snyder have a strong relationship from his years serving as coordinator there under Joe Gibbs, and his previous head coaching experience, in Buffalo and Cleveland, also made him attractive. The team set up a formal visit and interview with Williams after he was let go as the Browns interim head coach, but the sides never met.
La Canfora also contends that Snyder making aggressive pushes for both Bowles and Williams might not be good news for Jay Gruden in 2020.
The 'Skins head coach has two years left on his contract that pays him $5 million per year. Gruden has been assured he will remain the head coach for 2019, but few NFL coaches work in the last year of their deal. A 'lame duck' year for Gruden would come in 2020 unless the team and coach agree to another contract extension.
The Redskins have not made the playoffs in the last three seasons, and have not won a playoff game in over a decade.
If Snyder is frustrated, he has reasons for it.
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