Tony Romo’s pay day a good thing for NFL

CBS' Tony Romo made shockwaves with a $17 million a year contract, but perhaps this contact could bode well for others around the NFL.



March 4, 2020 - 10:47 AM

The NFL on CBS crew with Jim Nantz right, and Tony Romo call game during the 2019-20 NFL season. Photo by THE REPOSITORY

DALLAS — Tony Romo only thought he broke the bank in 2013 when the Cowboys signed him to a six-year, $108 million contract. Relatively speaking, that turned out to be peanuts compared to his latest deal, the one CBS will pay him a reported $180 million over the next 10 years.

That’s right. Romo is now paid substantially more money to talk about football than he ever was to throw one, and he threw it pretty well in Dallas for a decade. Shouldn’t this be a feel-good story? If people have any emotion at all about how this played out, why would that emotion be anger?I understand jealousy, and that’s part of our world. You’re perfectly content with the money you make until you find out the guy in the next cubicle makes $10,000 more. This isn’t much different from that except that in the NFL broadcast world, a whole bunch of zeroes get attached to these figures.

For some reason, wide receivers took the most offense to this news. Odell Beckham Jr. tweeted, “I’m done playin football. I just wanna be an announcer now.” He was joking. Some Browns fans thought he might have been done last season, anyway.

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