Rants from the Cheap Seats: Romo retires, Lynch’s curious comeback, and Garrett cements draft status
By Jim Weidner. In this week’s installment from the cheap seats we look at a player saying good-bye to the game while another one returns, and the demotion of an analyst.
Tony Romo steps away from the game and joins CBS
Although he never said the word “retirement” at his press conference, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is stepping away from professional football and heading to CBS to become an analyst. There were rumblings last week that CBS Sports was aggressively pursuing Romo to join their network, but there were also teams such as the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans as possible landing spots for Romo once he was released by the Cowboys. The latter made sense for the soon to be 36 year old who looked strong in limited action towards the end of last season. But instead of joining another team, Romo is walking away from the NFL.
An undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois, Tony Romo worked his way up the ladder and became the starting quarterback for one of the most popular franchises in the NFL. If Romo stays retired, which is still a big ‘if,’ he will finish his career with 248 career touchdown passes, 117 interceptions, and 30,000-plus passing yards. Sadly, as impressive as Romo’s career was, he will also be remembered for having a 2-4 record in the playoffs as the Cowboys starting quarterback.
Tony Romo was injured during preseason action in 2016 and was replaced by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott who would have a remarkable rookie season and lead the Cowboys to the number one seed in the NFC playoffs. Even when Romo was healthy enough to return, he didn’t get his job back and the Cowboys were happy to let the Dak Prescott era begin.
Romo will join Jim Nantz as the number one announcing team for CBS football. Tony Romo will replace former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, who has been demoted by CBS. If you are a Twitter user, you know there are football fans who are happy with the demotion of Simms. An orator of many bewildering but quizzical and memorable quotes, Sims could come off as dull as paint drying in his commentary. For those fans, they are delighted to see Simms demoted.
The possible return of ‘Beast Mode’
With the exit of one well known NFL player, there is news another one who has been away for a while might return. Former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who “retired” after the 2015 season, has let the Seahawks know he is interested in playing again and would like to do so but for his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders. The Seahawks still own Lynch’s rights, so a trade must be worked out between the Seahawks and Raiders to make it happen.
Marshawn Lynch was well known during his career, not only for his love of Skittles and not liking to talk to the media, but for his hard charging running style. During his nine seasons in the NFL, Lynch rushed for 1,000 yards or more six times.
Despite being away from the game for a couple of seasons, the Oakland, California native would bolster the Raiders running game if he returns. Certainly, the soon to be 31 year old would be well rested. Last season’s starting running back for the Raiders, Latavius Murray, departed as a free agent and signed with the Minnesota Vikings. With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, Lynch could be a ray of sunshine for Oakland fans, not just for his running style, but for his ever present curious behavior.
Garrett cements NFL draft status
Myles Garrett didn’t have to do anything at the Texas A&M pro day to help his draft status. Garrett is the favorite to be the number one overall draft pick this month by the Cleveland Browns. Yet, Garrett chose to participate and it appears he just locked up his number one overall status with his performance.
At his pro day, Myles Garrett ran a 4.64 forty yard dash and registered a 10-foot-6-inch broad jump, outstanding numbers when you add in Garrett is 6’4” tall and weighs 272 pounds.
One of the best comparisons out there to the ultra-athletic Garrett is defensive end Julius Peppers. Although not as big as Peppers, he is just as athletic and should be one of the next top pass rushers in the NFL.
Myles Garrett selected as the first overall pick is a no brainer. But, the Browns could choose to trade the pick. If the Browns choose to select Garrett, he should be an instant starter for newly appointed Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the same Gregg Williams suspended by the NFL for his part in “Bounty Gate.”