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Top 5 highest-paid NFL commentators right now

NFL color commentator Tony Romo
NFL color commentator Tony Romo
Adam Hulse

Being an NFL commentator is a prestigious job. Very few ever get the opportunity to land these jobs and even less make big money. That can't be said for the names on this list. They are at the top of their professions and are the best in the business, having earned their way into a highly competitive position.

For this article, NFL commentators will include everyone in the booth that is calling live NFL games. That means play by play announcers, color commentators and live analysts. It will not include sports personalities that are not in the actual broadcast booth for live NFL games. These are the top five highest-paid NFL commentators.

#5 - Troy Aikman - $7.5 million

NFL color commentator Troy Aikman
NFL color commentator Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman was a superstar quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and is now a superstar commentator working for FOX network. He is on the lead team for FOX alongside play by play announcer Joe Buck. Aikman and Buck have been a team since 2002 and are one of the best duos in the business.

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are calling Patriots-Falcons this Thursday night for FOX. Same duo that called Super Bowl 51

Troy Aikman has won three Super Bowls as a quarterback and has called six more Super Bowls as a commentator. He is one of the best quarterbacks from the 1990s era and now one of the top commentators in this millennium.

#4 - Mike Tirico - $10 million

NFL play by play announcer Mike Tirico
NFL play by play announcer Mike Tirico
Drew Brees, with Mike Tirico, will call NBC's prime time Thanksgiving game between the Saints and Bills.

Mike Tirico is a staple commentator for the NBC network. He does play-by-play announcements for the NFL in addition to several other roles. Tirico covers golf tournaments for NBC and is the main host for the Olympics on NBC. He currently hosts Football Night in America, and there are rumors that he could eventually become a commentator for the Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC.

#3 - Joe Buck - $10 million

NFL play by play announcer Joe Buck
NFL play by play announcer Joe Buck

Joe Buck is the main play-by-play announcer for FOX networks and one of the top commentators in sports. He is partnered with Troy Aikman in the NFL broadcast booth but has plenty of other top roles within FOX. Some of his responsibilities are include that of the head commentator for the MLB World Series and the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. He is one of the most decorated commentators in the business.

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will be the crew for the #Chiefs vs #Cowboys game.

#2 - Jim Nantz - $10.5 million

NFL play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz
NFL play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz

Jim Nantz is the lead play-by-play voice for the CBS network and is featured in many of its annual prestigious broadcasts. In addition to being on the top NFL broadcast team with color commentator Tony Romo, Jim Nantz is also the host for the Masters golf tournament and the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson are on the call for Ravens vs. Bears. The Ravens haven't had CBS' top broadcast team since Week 11 last season.

#1 - Tony Romo - $18 million

NFL color commentator Tony Romo
NFL color commentator Tony Romo

Tony Romo is the least experienced NFL commentator in the top five but is paid the most by a significant margin. At $18 million, Romo makes nearly double what any other NFL commentator makes. CBS has rewarded him with a massive ten-year contract worth a total of $180 million, which is the biggest contract of all time among commentators.

Edited by Piyush Bisht

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