The last two years have been anything but calm for former starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo has suffered injury after injury. Even when he was healthy enough to come back, rookie star Dak Prescott was playing so well that the Cowboys decided to keep Romo on the bench.
Many hypothesized that trades made during the off season by the Houston Texans were going to lead to them signing Romo. They cleared out a surplus of cap space by trading quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Browns thus paving a perfect path to sign the veteran quarterback in Romo. While there were no reports that this would happen, it appeared that the Texans were taking every step to do so.
Unfortunately, for Houston, Romo announced earlier this week that he is retiring and will pursue a career in broadcasting. Whether the Texans were making these moves in hopes of acquiring Romo or they were simply doing so to free up cap space, Romo’s retirement came as a surprise to everyone. His health was declining, everyone knew that. Many believed he still had two or three good years left in him, however. Especially with the Houston Texans, who have every part needed to make a super bowl run except for a quarterback.
Last night, when the Dallas Mavericks took on the Denver Nuggets, NBA fans saw Romo taking shots in the layup line and being called out in the starting lineups. He even gave the Dallas fans a few words of gratitude before he would sit on the bench the entire game.
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, approached NBA commissioner Adam Silvera about the possibility of signing a one day contract with Romo. Silver said that the contract would not be honored.
“Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle explained. “No. 1, he’s a football athlete that’s not ready to play in an NBA game. That’s very risky. No. 2, to sign a guy with all of our requirements from a physical standpoint with the hours and hours of screening and all that kinds of other stuff, it just wasn’t worth going there. And that’s not really what this is about.”
The Denver Nuggets went on to win this game 109-91.