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ESPN reportedly prepared to spend ‘crazy money’ to land Tony Romo

Tony Romo’s impending potential free agency in the broadcasting world has interestingly developed into one of the more intriguing storylines of the NFL offseason.

With CBS Sports believed to be ready to give Romo a massive raise to keep him the fold, it now sounds like ESPN is willing to go above and beyond to lure their coveted target to “Monday Night Football.”

The sweepstakes could begin in earnest next month, as Romo is contractually allowed to speak to other interested networks starting in March. CBS Sports’ rights to exclusively negotiate with the superstar broadcaster ends on Feb. 29.

Romo made a shade over $3 million last season in the final year of his first contract as CBS Sports’ lead NFL analyst. It is a role in which Romo has flourished alongside Jim Nantz since the 2017 season. He was made a meteoric rise up the ranks to become arguably one of the most respected in-game color analysts in the NFL.

CBS Sports is unsurprisingly expected to offer Romo a deal that will shatter the record $8 million per year John Madden received during his iconic broadcasting career. Some have speculated Romo could land a contract that would pay him upwards of $12 million per season, if not more.

It’s in this that ESPN comes into play should Romo and CBS Sports fail to reach a deal before the end of the month. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Disney/ABC/ESPN is prepared to offer “crazy money” to land Romo for its “Monday Night Football” telecasts, according to sources.

The impending free-agency feeding frenzy over Romo’s services comes amid the backdrop of networks set to head into negotiations over NFL broadcast rights. Whichever outlet secures Romo’s services obviously will gain an advantage, and ESPN stands to have even more at stake.

Sources have indicated that NFL execs are unhappy over the performance of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland in the “MNF” broadcast booth. In light of this apparent dissatisfaction, landing Romo would obviously be a huge coup for ESPN. It would also be a devastating loss for CBS Sports.