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Report: ESPN could make Tony Romo highest-paid broadcaster in history

1/13/2020 11:59:39 AM
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Tony Romo never hit free agency as the Dallas Cowboys quarterback but he may cash in big-time as a free agent in the broadcasting world as ESPN plans to offer a deal that would make him the highest-paid broadcaster in history according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office

Per McCarthy, ESPN is prepared to offer Romo a seven-year deal with a salary in the range of $10-14 million annually, which would blow away the current high-water mark for NFL analysts currently held by Fox's Troy Aikman ($7.5 million).  It is assumed that the deal would include becoming the color analyst for Monday Night Football replacing current analyst Booger McFarland but it is unclear what other roles ESPN would use him in.   Romo could also potentially quarterback ESPN’s NFL game coverage if parent Disney acquires a Sunday afternoon game package from rival Fox Sports, CBS Sports, and NBC Sports during the next round of NFL TV negotiations in 2020-2021. 

The 39-year-old Romo is due $4 million in the final year of his three-year contract with CBS, which is set to expire after the Super Bowl.  CBS sports chiefs Sean McManus and David Berson gambled on Romo in 2017, installing the TV rookie as its number one game analyst over veteran Phil Simms. He has since established himself as one of the best NFL analysts alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz.

CBS has the right to match any offer to Romo according to McCarthy.

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