The locker room at The Star – the home of the Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott's team moving forward – continues to feature an interesting caveat. Tony Romo's old locker continues to remain vacant. There is no CBS Sports blazer for him to conveniently come to should he ever need it, despite being fully committed to this exciting new phase of his life.
Instead there is an emptiness that the Cowboys certainly feel due to their franchise quarterback responsible for not only transitioning America's Team off of a losing carousel of quarterbacks but doing so on his way out as well with total class towards Prescott. Romo has not officially retired from the NFL yet, which makes the seemingly harmless question, “will Jerry Jones go calling to CBS should he need a new starting QB at any point this season?” a legitimate one.
Cowboys' QB Coach Wade Wilson had to field this question recently, and only added fuel to the Romo narrative fire.
“It’s fun to speculate about that, if Dak were to go down in Week Two, would Tony come back? Do I think he’s capable of coming back and playing? Most definitely. Does he want to or what his commitment is to the network? I don’t know that, so it’s fun to think about, and it’s fun water-cooler topics to talk about [even without] information to make a definitive answer on that.” – Wade Wilson
The Dallas Cowboys do not need definitive answers on Tony Romo. Having not strung together consecutive above .500 seasons since 2008 and 2009, the Cowboys need to be fully committed to their Rookie of the Year under center in Dak Prescott.
Logistically, whether or not the Cowboys are committed to Prescott is hardly a legitimate discussion. He is their starting quarterback entering the 2017 season, and they hope he'll be their starter for a long time.
The beginning of the Dak Prescott era in Dallas was an improbable of a story as we've seen in recent league history, and it overshadowed the descend of Tony Romo to an extent. Even still, Tony is happy with the decision he made to commit himself to the broadcasting field.
Things will work out just fine for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott has been committed since day one to the team that picked him up in the fourth round, not knowing what he would become so quickly.
There's no need for an empty locker to sit around for Tony Romo though, forcing the Cowboys coaches to continue to talk about a player they truly don't need right now.