Tony Romo is coming off perhaps the best performance of anybody remotely involved with the NFL playoffs over the weekend.
The former Dallas quarterback is fast earning the nickname “Romo-stradamus” for his uncanny ability to consistently predict plays with his work with CBS Sports’ announcing crew as they called New England’s overtime victory over Kansas City in the AFC title game.
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But as impressive as that effort might have been, Romo apparently still receiving interest from teams wanting him to leave the broadcast booth and restart his playing career.
Romo, who last played for Dallas in 2016, told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic that he’s still getting calls from teams interested if he would be willing to play again.
“You are 38 years old, younger than some of the quarterbacks playing in the National Football League. When was the last time someone contacted you with a legitimate offer to play?” Deitsch asked in his “Media Circus” podcast.
“There are legitimate contract offers and there are, ‘Hey, what are you thinking?'” Romo told him.
The age point is a legitimate one considering how the NFL is trending. Two of the four players in the championship games were playing into their 40s with 41-year-old Patriots superstar Tom Brady and 40-year-old Drew Brees of New Orleans.
Romo’s potential for a return could be skewed by some of his injury-prone nature late in his career. He missed the first 10 games of his final season with the Cowboys with a compression fracture to his L1 vertebra.
Romo turns 39 in April. He has three children less than 6 years old, making such a playing comeback sound dubious at best.
The other factor is that CBS officials apparently really like Romo and his job with them. His broadcasting skills have garnered him wide, almost universal praise throughout his two seasons working with Jim Nantz.
And then there’s money. Romo is currently making $4 million with CBS Sports. And, he’s likely will be in line for a salary hike considering his recent work — particularly if he seriously flirts with an NFL playing offer.
He’ll have one more chance to show his prognostication ability on Super Bowl LIII coming up on Feb. 3.