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Report: Tony Romo could become highest paid sportscaster ever

Report: Tony Romo could become highest paid sportscaster ever (Nevada Sports Network)

WASHINGTON (SBG) -- Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could be in for a major payday next season, according to Front Office Sports.

The publication reports Romo, who currently serves as the top analyst for NFL games on CBS, could make a move to ESPN. The cable sports network is reportedly willing to offer Romo a deal worth $10 million to $14 million per year, which would make him the highest paid sportscaster ever.

The most recent sports commentator to come close to that salary was current Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. Forbes reports he made $6 million a year as a Monday Night Football analyst for ESPN - the same role Romo would get if he took ESPN's offer.

Romo's salary would surpass Gruden as well as former NFL analyst and coach John Madden who The Ringer says made $8 million a year calling games for Fox in the 1990's.

CBS has the right to match any offers Romo receives. As of now, Romo earns $4 million per year with CBS.

Front Office Sports also confirms the announcer has endorsement deals with Corona, Skechers, and Chaps by Ralph Lauren.

Golf could play a role in Romo's decision making.

The New York Post reports he might ask CBS to give him permission to qualify for PGA golf tournaments which are played on Thursdays and Fridays. If Romo were to ever succeed in qualifying, it would force him to continue playing in a tournament through Sunday which means he wouldn't call that week's regular season NFL game.

CBS airs their NFL telecasts on Sundays while ESPN's NFL games air on Monday night.

Last July, Romo won the 30th annual American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif. for the second straight year in a row.

"I'm excited just about the future of the game of golf for me and just the improvement I've been making over the last year," Romo told Nevada Sports Network when asked about his big win at the time.

Romo has become popular for his television work due to his accuracy in predicting plays before they happen during the telecast. In 2019, Romo predicted 72 plays and was correct 68 percent of the time, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Romo is expected to be in the announcing booth alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz this Sunday on CBS as the Kansas City Chiefs play at home vs. the Tennessee Titans. It will be the last game he calls for CBS under his current deal.