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08:01 AM ET 04.04 | Though he's lived life as a lightning rod, playing for the Cowboys has been very good to Tony Romo. [Romo's] new six-year, $108 million contract, which he signed last week, made him the NFL's fifth-highest paid player. However, according to Uncle Sam's rankings, the Cowboys quarterback is the NFL's highest-salaried player. Romo plies his craft in Texas, which has no state income tax. A story on the website, Americans for Tax Reform, says Romo's take-home pay will surpass New Orleans' Drew Brees. According to the story ... with Romo's income tax burden being 39.6 percent -- the top marginal federal income tax rate in the U.S. -- and estimated tax liability of $7.12 million, he still stands to earn $752,000 more than Brees.

The Dallas Morning News

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April 4, 2013  08:11 AM ET

He deserves it too....

ROMO!!!

April 4, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Huh. Maybe more players will make Texas their official state of residence now, regardless of where they play. Kind of like businesses being incorporated in the state of Delaware because it is so tax-friendly.

April 4, 2013  08:20 AM ET

It's all about timing... until Rodgers gets his.

April 4, 2013  08:20 AM ET

I still wonder why Jerry Jones couldn't just wait until Romo proves himself then offer him the big bucks???

April 4, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I still wonder why Jerry Jones couldn't just wait until Romo proves himself then offer him the big bucks???

Because he's Jerrah....

April 4, 2013  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I still wonder why Jerry Jones couldn't just wait until Romo proves himself then offer him the big bucks???

JJ could die of old age before Romo proves himself.

A baby born today could die of old age before Romo proves himself.

April 4, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I still wonder why Jerry Jones couldn't just wait until Romo proves himself then offer him the big bucks???

No other respectable options on the horizon, and Romo still has potential... just not sure if it can be realized in Dallas.

April 4, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

No other respectable options on the horizon, and Romo still has potential... just not sure if it can be realized in Dallas.

I think the ship has sailed on Romo's potential. If he was going to be a big game QB he would already be one. He's very good most of the time but in stressful situations (big games) he morphs into Mark Sanchez. Sadly, I think that's just who he is.

April 4, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I still wonder why Jerry Jones couldn't just wait until Romo proves himself then offer him the big bucks???

There was a clause in Romo's last contract that somehow would've made him a free agent after April.

April 4, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

There was a clause in Romo's last contract that somehow would've made him a free agent after April.

*Not sure if it was this april or next april.

April 4, 2013  08:53 AM ET

In other words... Jerrah the GM messed up.

April 4, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

There was a clause in Romo's last contract that somehow would've made him a free agent after April.

April Fools?

April 4, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Why indeed?

April 4, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

April Fools?

+1 !

April 4, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

April Fools?

Beat me to it, Your Eminence.

April 4, 2013  09:10 AM ET

39.6%.........That'll buy a lot of toilet seats. Now you know why jobs are being shipped over seas. On the up side I feel a little better about my taxes now.

April 4, 2013  09:18 AM ET

So THIS is what 1 playoff win can get you?

April 4, 2013  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I think the ship has sailed on Romo's potential. If he was going to be a big game QB he would already be one. He's very good most of the time but in stressful situations (big games) he morphs into Mark Sanchez. Sadly, I think that's just who he is.

I think you're right, but I was trying to be nice to the Cowboys fans, hehe

April 4, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Romo has had more "oops" moments in the last decade than any other QB. Sanchez is trying his best to catchup though.

 
April 4, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Romo has had more "oops" moments in the last decade than any other QB. Sanchez is trying his best to catchup though.

Buttfumble. Quality over quantity. Sanchez is tops. Tops for bottoms.

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