History will be made in Foxboro Sunday.
Romo’s broadcast of the Patriots and Dolphins game kicks off a newly-signed contract that pays the former Cowboys quarterback more than $17 million a year. Going by base salaries, he will be the season opener’s highest-paid participant.
The Dolphins’ top-paid player is defensive back Byron Jones, who makes $11 million in 2020 after signing a 5-year, $82.5 million deal with Miami in the offseason. His teammate Xavien Howard does make $11.9 million this season, but doesn’t have the roster bonuses of his defensive backfield brethren.
Offensive lineman Joe Thuney is making $14,781,000 as a base salary for the Patriots this season, with cornerback Stephon Gilmore coming in at $10.5 million.
Only 18 players in the NFL have contracts with annual average values more than Romo.