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Tony Romo to replace Phil Simms as CBS' top color commentator

By Alex Butler
Tony Romo to replace Phil Simms as CBS' top color commentator
Tony Romo (L) and his wife Candace Crawford- Romo arrive on the red carpet prior to the White House Correspondents Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, April 30, 2016. File Photo by Molly Riley/UPI | License Photo

April 4 (UPI) -- As football rookie Dak Prescott replaced him last season, broadcast rookie Tony Romo will replace CBS' Phil Simms.

League sources told ESPN that Romo left his Dallas Cowboys job and football career to be CBS Sports' No. 1 color commentator. He'll replace Simms and work with fellow analyst Jim Nantz. The Sports Business Journal first reported Romo's "verbal agreement" with CBS.

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The Cowboys are expected to release Romo Tuesday, following a saga which started when the quarterback was injured in the preseason. The four-time Pro Bowl selection is the Cowboys' all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and passer rating. His 97.1 passer rating ranks No. 4 all-time behind Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Tom Brady.

Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, and Troy Aikman also turned careers with the Cowboys into broadcast booth opportunities.

Romo, 36, is being represented by CAA Sports in the deal.

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