Tony Romo to stay with CBS for record $17 million per year
Tony Romo isn’t going anywhere.
Romo agreed to a new contract with CBS that will pay him around $17 million per year, the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports.
The $17 million per year would be a record for a sports analyst on TV and surpasses the $8 million John Madden made per season in the ’90s, which comes out to around $14 million in the present day, adjusted for inflation.
Romo retired from the NFL after the 2016 season and went into broadcasting for CBS on a 3-year deal that paid him around $3 million per year, teaming with Jim Nantz to form CBS’ No. 1 team for the NFL.
Romo was an instant hit with viewers. His natural enthusiasm, sense of humor, and incredible analysis stood out immediately. He even stole the show for the AFC Championship in 2019.
Romo was set to become a broadcasting free agent in March, at which point he would have been able to negotiate and sign with other companies, like ESPN, which was making a major push for him. Instead, he and CBS reached a highly-paid deal during their exclusive negotiating window.
Romo indicated on the radio recently that he knew what he wanted to do, which seemed like a hint that he wanted to remain with CBS. From there, it was about getting the most amount of money, and CBS came to the table with a hefty offer.
The 39-year-old former Dallas Cowboys quarterback made $127 million during his 14-year NFL career. He could very well surpass those career earnings as a broadcaster.