TONY ROMO and his internal crystal ball just scored the largest sports analyst contract in TV history . . . and he's doubling the previous NFL record. The "New York Post" reports that Romo re-upped with CBS for about $17 million PER SEASON, which smashes the previous mark of $8 million per year that JOHN MADDEN got two decades ago.
The exact numbers haven't been announced, but the "Post" says it's for, quote, "significantly more than five years," so it will "well surpass $100 million." That means Romo is set up to make more as a sportscaster than he made during his 14-year NFL career, which earned him $127 million total.
In addition to this new contract, his first TV contract was a three-year, $10 million deal. There were only three seasons that Romo made more than $17 million with the Dallas Cowboys. He got $17.5 million in 2007 . . . $25.5 million in 2013 . . . and $17 million in 2015, when he only played in four games.
According to one sports writer, quote, "CBS pays the NFL $1.03 billion every year to broadcast its games, so paying someone $17 million to announce the big ones is a drop in the bucket." But 99% of NFL players didn't make that much last season.
By the way, CBS wasn't bidding against themselves. They locked Romo down just before his contract was up . . . when he could talk to others, including ESPN. Back in January, we heard that ESPN wanted to make Romo an offer in the $10 million to $14 million range . . . but the "Post" claims that there was talk that ESPN would've been willing to go up to $20 million per season.