Tony Romo is unquestionably talented. An excellent quarterback and an even better golfer. Romo’s best skill comes as an analyst, where you can find him calling out plays during games before they happen. ESPN was rumored to have been interested in Romo to be on Monday Night Football to replace Booger McFarland. CBS was not going to let their prized free agent get away.
Late Friday night, CBS reported that Romo signed a deal worth roughly $17 million per season. That contract will make the former Dallas Cowboy quarterback the highest-paid NFL analyst of all-time. The next closest was John Madden, who FOX forked out $8 million annually. For context, Romo only had three seasons during his playing career, where e earned at least $17 million. If the San Francisco 49ers place the franchise tag on Arik Armstead, it would cost around the same price in 2020, around $17 million.
This isn’t related to the 49ers or much of anything, but the players are noticing, especially with the new CBA proposal looming. I imagine 97% of players in the league don’t make as much as Romo.
Romo is believed to be the best analyst out there. When you’re the best, you’re going to get paid like it. I’ve seen responses saying, “people will watch the games no matter who is on the broadcast team.” That can be true, and independent of Romo getting paid. What CBS does with their money doesn’t have anything to do with how NFL contracts are constructed. This is a supply and demand situation, not to mention CBS doesn’t have a salary cap. At the same time, Thomas can still have a point. It doesn’t have to be “this or that.”
To me, there’s a good bit of guessing going on in Romo’s analysis, and his analysis falls off a cliff post-snap. He’s still enjoyable, but since his first season, the bar hasn’t been raised. Compared to his peers, like Joe Buck and Booger, Romo is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.