Romo will re­turn

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - VINCE LANG­FORD Fort Worth Star-Tele­gram

The Tony Romo Hot Stove League was stoked to a con­sis­tent boil in the past week, fed by any­body’s guesses as to where the Dal­las Cow­boys’ for­mer ace pitcher would re­port for work next sea­son.

Or even if he would want to work next sea­son, ex­cept in the broad­cast booth.

On Sun­day, ESPN’s Adam Schefter re­ported, cit­ing a league source, that Romo re­mains de­ter­mined to play in 2017 and has no plans to retire.

Ra­dio re­porter Mike Fisher said Fri­day that “a Romo re­tire­ment — and the ac­cep­tance of a lu­cra­tive TV net­work job as an an­a­lyst — re­mains in play,” ac­cord­ing to a source, who said any spec­u­la­tion is pre­ma­ture at this point.

On Fri­day, the Kansas City Chiefs were def­i­nitely in the Romo spec­u­la­tion stew, from a re­port by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The Chiefs are dis­en­chanted with Alex Smith to the ex­tent that coach Andy Reid would con­sider Romo. Rapoport, via NFL.com: “It was note­wor­thy when Andy Reid was non­com­mit­tal to Alex Smith. They’ve made a QB trade in the past, do­ing so for Alex Smith. They’d have to be con­sid­ered some­one who would be a pos­si­bil­ity.”

The beauty of the think­ing is that the Chiefs would trade Smith, negat­ing much of the hit from tak­ing on Romo’s $24.7 mil­lion salary cap. A team trad­ing for Romo would be re­spon­si­ble for his $14 mil­lion salary. Smith has al­ready played out the guar­an­teed por­tion of his con­tract, CBS Sports re­ported. Smith pro­vided the Chiefs 172 yards pass­ing in their 18-16 di­vi­sional play­off loss to the Steel­ers.

The Chiefs sce­nario fol­lowed a mid­week re­port from CBS Sports’ Ja­son La Can­fora that Romo had four teams on his wish list: the Houston Tex­ans, Ari­zona Car­di­nals, Den­ver Bron­cos and Chiefs.

MATT ROURKE, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

All in­di­ca­tions are that Tony Romo wants an­other shot next year as a start­ing quar­ter­back.

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