The Miami Dolphins, in desperate need of a quarterback with Ryan Tannehill out indefinitely, lured Jay Cutler out of a possible broadcasting career Sunday to join them for a one-year, $10 million deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday.
Now will some other desperate team out there come calling for Tony Romo?
Romo, who joined CBS Sports as its lead NFL analyst alongside Jim Nantz after being released by the Cowboys in April, officially nixed talk of a possible comeback, even on an emergency basis, while doing interviews to promote the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
“Oh yeah, probably a good chance. We’ll see how it plays out,” Romo initially said on the NFL Network before getting serious. “I think you’ll find — I’m joking. Like I said before, I’m done.”
We thought Cutler was done, too.
Cutler, the former Chicago Bears quarterback, retired in May and agreed to a broadcasting gig with Fox Sports, ESPN and other outlets previously reported. Cutler reportedly was set to join Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis as a color commentator while filling the vacancy left by John Lynch, who became the San Francisco 49ers general manager.
But Tannehill, the former Texas A&M star, injured his left knee in practice Thursday and might require season-ending surgery, ESPN reported.
After Tannehill went down, the Dolphins were so desperate they even considered a minor league baseball player from the St. Lucie Mets, according to Yahoo Sports in citing a Miami Herald report. You might have heard of him: Tim Tebow.
Romo, who is unlikely to follow Cutler’s lead, drew special recognition from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones his Hall of Fame enshrinement speech Saturday night. Jones praised the important role the now-retired quarterback played for the team.
“No quarterback in Cowboys history was asked to carry as much of the load for his team as Tony,” Jones said as Romo looked on from the crowd in Canton, Ohio. “He beat all of the odds and delivered some of the most remarkable plays and unforgettable performances in our team history.”