On Monday, ESPN announced that former Jets and Bills HC Rex Ryan will, in fact, be joining their NFL coverage for the 2016 season.
“Rex is authentic — what you see is what you get, and that will be great for our viewers on Sunday NFL Countdown,” ESPN senior coordinator producer Seth Markman said. “We also look forward to the insight and perspective he will bring to the show as an NFL coach who has worked in the league for two decades.”
Pro Football Talk is reporting that Ryan receives $300,000 per year as part of his contract with ESPN while the Bills will pay him another $5.2 million.
Over the weekend, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL held an owners-only meeting last week in Arizona in which they discussed Roger Goodell’s next contract and succession planning.
According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, while Goodell declined to comment on his contract status, he has leverage over the NFL, given that his agreement is set to expire in 2019 with negotiations involving the next CBA and TV contracts coming up.
Florio mentions that multiple owners believe more involvement would result in more favorable terms for the league in regards to Goodell’s compensation.
Many believe the NFL could be just as successful with Goodell in charge of the league and they should be able to find someone just as capable for a much lower salary.
- Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly left his pro day on Monday holding his hand after throwing just 12 passes. (Adam Schefter)
- Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears are hosting OSU CB Marshon Lattimore on a visit Monday.