Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has struck it rich in the NFL commentary booth.
Romo’s switch to behind the mic has long be praised by fans for his in depth knowledge and nostredamous like ability to predict what’s about to unfold.
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Revered as one of the best commentators in the NFL, Romo was set to attract huge interest on the market when his contract ran out.
But CBS decided the risk was too great and decided to throw down an offer the former playcaller couldn’t refuse.
Romo’s new contract with the network will make him the highest paid analyst in the history of the NFL with his yearly salary coming in at an eye-watering $AUD26 million per season.
It blows the previous record out of the water which was held by NFL icon John Madden who was being paid $12 million per year.
Breaking: Tony Romo and CBS have agreed to a deal that will make him the highest NFL analyst in TV history in a deal that will pay him around $17 million per season, according to sources.
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Even when adjusted for inflation — which would make Madden’s number $21 million — Romo still is the highest paid ever.
The deal is a long-term contract with sources saying that it is significantly more than five years. This means that the total value for Romo’s contract will surpass $153 million.
Romo played in the NFL for 14 seasons and averaged a little over $9 million per season, earning more than his new contract on only three occasions.
His new deal would place him at number 13 of the highest paid quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL.
In 14 seasons as a #Cowboys QB, Tony Romo only made $17M+ in a year three times. He’ll now earn that per year to broadcast for CBS.
Though Romo’s salary is astronomical for 20 NFL games, CBS officials felt he showed loyalty because he could have explored how high ESPN would go. CBS and Romo’s partner, Jim Nantz, have been universally praised since network executives Sean McManus and David Berson took the chance on putting Romo in the booth right off the field three years ago.
CBS’s calculation is that they spend billions on the NFL, so bidding this high on Romo made sense in the grand scheme. They hope to retain their Sunday afternoon package and Super Bowl in the next round of negotiations with the NFL.
As you’d expect social media lost its mind when the staggering figure was revealed.
Live look at Tony Romo pic.twitter.com/M9DPUqyjwU
CBS pays the NFL $1.03 billion every year to broadcast its games, paying someone $17 million to announce the big ones is a drop in the bucket
Tony Romo making more than Dak and Mahomes
Tony Romo getting a huge deal is one of the rare cases in sports media of the cream actually rising to the top. Objectively the best analyst in the game. What a time to be alive.
Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield could've combined their salaries from last season and still wouldn't make as much as Romo will next year.
live look at romo and his agent: pic.twitter.com/tpGkh4e5Zv https://t.co/jE11ppRHpW
— with Andrew Marchand, NY Post
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