Tony Romo enjoyed 'friendly rivalry' with Giants' Eli Manning

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.

Tony Romo chuckles it up with sons Rivers, left, and Hawkins, in 2015 at his annual Tony Romo Football Camp.

With second-year rookie Dak Prescott firmly established at the starting job for the Dallas Cowboys, and Romo being a fragile, yet extremely talented quarterback, the aforementioned team were forced to move on from their franchise quarterback. He will be welcoming a new career as a broadcaster.

"When it comes to your health, your family, I would rather see him walk away for a better opportunity to walk away safe and sound", said Hunt.

"I'd say there's a 100 percent chance he makes a return somewhere in the National Football League next season", one AFC general manager told Bleacher Report, which noted several front-office types literally laughed at the notion that Romo is retired for good.

Romo will be replacing Phil Simms, whose future role with the network is being discussed, according to CBS Sports.

As an organization, we did what he asked us to do in terms of his release, and we wanted to do what was ultimately in his best interest and in the best interest of his family.

With the Dallas Cowboys releasing Romo on Tuesday, the quarterback is officially on the market and available for any team to try to woo him out of retirement.

Romo said his personal list was topped by Houston, which has unproven Tom Savage as the starter after dumping high-priced Brock Osweiler in a trade following one less-than-impressive season.

Now in his 15th season, Romo has thrown for more than 34,000 yards, with 248 touchdowns and just 117 interceptions. He hasn't played a full season since 2012 and has started only four games the past two years combined. "All the best my friend".

From there, Cowboys brass claimed they would "do right by Romo" and they might have.

Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports 1's "Speak for Yourself" warned Romo that he better be ready for criticism. Romo then looked for other teams to continue his playing career. He finished that season by taking the 3-3 Cowboys under Bledsoe to the playoffs.

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