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Tony Romo May Stay With CBS Sports, But For a Price | $10M a year?

Written by Robert Workman

There’s no question that former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made a reasonable splash in sports commentary this past season. Many folks praised his performance behind the mic across many games. But the real question here is if he’ll stick with it.

A new report filed by Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy suggeststhat he may come back for another season- but for the right price. In his report, he notes that Romo could become the highest paid TV analyst in sports history if the deal goes through.

His representatives expect him to be paid “eight figures” to stay with CBS Sports, estimating around $10 million for the year. And this would be a deal that would cover him from 2020 and beyond.

That said, nothing is final just yet. And if it isn’t done anytime soon, there’s a chance he may just walk away. Once his contract for the current season comes to a close, he could become a free agent. That would make him ripe for deals with not only other networks- but also other football leagues.

He might also consider his own business interests after the season ends, if the deal isn’t sweet enough. Again, nothing is final yet, but there’s a lot under consideration here.

At the moment, Romo makes $4 million a year, currently on the final portion of his contract. But he has grown in stature since his debut a couple of years ago. He’s a hit with fans; and some consider him the best commentator since John Madden. Yep, that good.

McCarthy believes that Romo is worth the cost, reflecting how Madden made $8 million a year at one point. Troy Aikman, who moves from quarterback to commentary for Fox Sports, earns $7.5 million. So the deal wouldn’t be completely unheard of, just slightly more than that.

“You could make the argument that Romo would be foolish to leave CBS for a rival network. He’s happy at CBS. The network surrounds him with some of the best production talent in the business. And here’s the trump card for the Tiffany network. He gets to work with Nantz, the best play-by-play announcer in sports. 

Romo noted at one point, “I feel this is exactly where I should be” during a Super Bowl preview. So the real question is, does he still feel this way? Guess we’ll find out in a few weeks.

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