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How Much ESPN, CBS Are Willing To Pay Tony Romo

tony romo smiles during the cbs upfronts

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Tony Romo attends the 2018 CBS Upfront at The Plaza Hotel on May 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

With the 2019 NFL season in the rearview, teams are moving on to next season. Arguably the biggest story heading into the 2020 campaign revolves around the future of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

However, it's a retired NFL quarterback stealing headlines this afternoon. Former Dallas Cowboys star Tony Romo was an instant hit in the broadcast booth and is about to get paid like it.

Romo initially landed at CBS, where he earned a $3 million salary. Just two years later, he's expected to become the highest-paid analyst in the history of the NFL.

According to the latest report from Clay Travis of Outkick The Coverage, ESPN and CBS are willing to pay Romo between $15-20 million.

From the report:

Tony Romo, whose initial contract with CBS expired with the AFC title game between the Titans and the Chiefs, is poised to become the highest paid game announcer in sports history, with CBS and ESPN dueling to sign him to a contract that is likely to be in the $15 to $20 million a year range.

ESPN is attempting to hire Romo away and the two sides recently passed $15 million a year in bidding.

Travis suggested ESPN and CBS are in a bidding war for Romo's services. He and play-by-play analyst Jim Nantz have remarkable chemistry and CBS owns the Super Bowl for the 2020 season.

However, ESPN isn't backing down. After struggling to find consistency with Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland and Jason Witten, the network needs a big hit.

Romo has already proved to be that.