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 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.