7 NFL Stars Who Are Making Less Than Tony Romo's $17 Million Salary in 2020

John Healy
March 01, 2020 - 2:30 pm

It pays to be a broadcaster.

On Friday, it was reported that former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had agreed to a new contract with CBS for $17 million per year for the next three years.

Romo’s salary shatters the previous record for an NFL broadcaster — when John Madden was paid $8 million per year — and is more money than he made in 11 of his 14 seasons in the NFL.

In fact, Romo’s annual salary is greater than the annual average of half the league’s starting quarterbacks (pre-2020 free agency) and plenty of other stars as well.

It has even become a point of contention between the league and the NFLPA as they try to get the players to approve the new collective bargaining agreement. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas recently pointed to Romo’s deal as to why the players’ union should not agree to the new proposed CBA.

While all NFL contracts are structured differently, we decided to take a look at the annual average salaries of some of the game's marquee players who are actually making less than Romo in 2020.

(All salary information via Spotrac and overthecap.com)

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