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Cris Carter may not be back on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown

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Plenty of former players make a good living in broadcasting.  At ESPN, there are enough former players to field a full team, including offense, defense, special teams, and coaching.

With newly-retired players joining the room every day and only so many chairs in which they all can sit, strange things can happen when the music stops playing.

In the case of former Vikings receiver Cris Carter, he could be left standing around.

Michael McCarthy of USA Today explains that Carter’s contract with ESPN has expired.  No new deal has been reached.

“ESPN has extended an offer for Cris to continue on NFL Countdown, and we are currently in negotiations,” agent Maury Gofstrand told McCarthy.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz was a bit more cryptic.  “After every season, we take a look at all roles and opportunities for the next season,” Krulewitz told McCarthy.  “We’re in the process of doing that now.”

In other words, it’s possible that Carter has been offered a role other than the role that he has been performing, or less money than he previously received.  With such a deep bullpen, it wouldn’t be prudent for ESPN to blindly re-up a guy like Carter, who has been out of the game long enough for some in the younger demographic to not realize that he even played.  (I distinctly remember being amazed as a kid when I heard that Irv Cross was a former player.  Then again, I was also amazed when I learned that the moon is in fact not made of cheese.)

Whether it’s Tedy Bruschi or Mark Schlereth or Antonio Pierce or Trent Dilfer or Marcellus Wiley or perhaps a newly-retired player like you-know-who, the opening of a window to make a new hire means that the possibility of making a new hire will be considered.

That’s why the biggest challenge for former players is to quickly become something more than a flavor of the month, and to evolve into a guy who has staying power well beyond the point at which the kids out there will remember that the analyst ever actually played the game.

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43 Responses to “Cris Carter may not be back on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown”
  1. ColtMcCoyRidesAgain says: Mar 12, 2011 1:58 PM

    Its a shame this man isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  2. johnjosephyossarian says: Mar 12, 2011 1:58 PM

    He doesn’t bring anything to the table. Find someone who does.

  3. Canyonero says: Mar 12, 2011 2:01 PM

    Yet Matt Millen continues to get work. Baffling!!

  4. scampbell1975 says: Mar 12, 2011 2:05 PM

    Good. Get him outta there. He’s a giant douche and he sucks at his job.

  5. ctiggs says: Mar 12, 2011 2:06 PM

    Yea that would make since if Tom Jackson and ditka wasn’t on the same set as him, they retired forever ago.Ditka hasnt played or coached in the NFL for years matter of fact he retired from coaching in 1999, CC last year was 2002.

  6. skleech22 says: Mar 12, 2011 2:13 PM

    You ever notice all these ex-Patriot analysts suck??? Bruschi and Harrison? They are awful!!!

  7. duanethomas says: Mar 12, 2011 2:18 PM

    Raze that show down to its very structure and start over. Carter acts like he invented the position of receiver and was a perfect player on and off the field. Take Meshawn Johnson, Uncle Tom “I lmao at everything Berman says” Jackson, and tough guy Dick -ka with him. Fake laughing, loud talking, and simple basic commentary has whipped me. Wiley, Schlereth, Pierce, Hassleback and Dilfer can go join Sean Salisbury.

  8. cambodianbreastmilk says: Mar 12, 2011 2:42 PM

    Carter is horrible. Put the guy in the HOF already and let him move on to being a WR’s Coach at OSU, or my garbage man. Both of which probably pay the same.

  9. jlb10 says: Mar 12, 2011 2:43 PM

    good riddance! the guy is obnoxious and unprofessional

  10. mvpolamalu says: Mar 12, 2011 2:45 PM

    As long as Berman and ditka are there I’m good

  11. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 12, 2011 2:55 PM

    If only esPEEn would not renew that fat whale Berman’s contract…….

    His stale act got old years ago……

  12. jw731 says: Mar 12, 2011 2:58 PM

    The NFL Network should hire him……Imagine a show with Sanders,Irvin, Sapp and Carter. It would be like going to clown school….

  13. jusford says: Mar 12, 2011 3:02 PM

    Chris Carter is one of the reasons I turn the channel.

  14. Deb says: Mar 12, 2011 3:05 PM

    It’s impossible for me to discuss Carter’s broadcasting career while thinking about two glaring injustices:

    1. Why isn’t Carter in the Hall of Fame?

    2. Why oh why does Shannon Sharpe still have a job broadcasting for CBS? As you point out, new potential broadcasters retire every year. Why is CBS continuing to employ a man with dreadful elocution and terrible analytic skills? Does he have something on Les Mooves? CBS’s football coverage is bad enough, but Sharpe makes it unwatchable.

  15. JimmySmith says: Mar 12, 2011 3:08 PM

    the guy’s a joke, he will never get into the Hall of Fame, unless they open a new one for cocaine users.

    Loser.

  16. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Mar 12, 2011 3:22 PM

    I hope this clown’s gone. I, for one, can do without his forced, phony laugh and head-bobbing ‘hood speak. Just because someone wore a jock to work one time doesn’t mean they are qualified to be considered an expert. The next original thought Carter has will be his first.

  17. tv426 says: Mar 12, 2011 3:24 PM

    I’ll be happy if I never hear another WR speak. Get rid of him and Meshawn (who sucks 100x worse than Carter).

    Schlereth can take a hike too. The guy thinks he knows everything there is to know and that is that, period! Even though he is usually proved quite wrong.

  18. bluefan204 says: Mar 12, 2011 3:31 PM

    Great player of HOF caliber, but bad in front of the cameras. He’s too arrogant and biased, and adds little to the show.

  19. childressrulz says: Mar 12, 2011 3:42 PM

    scampbell1975 says: Mar 12, 2011 2:05 PM

    Good. Get him outta there. He’s a giant douche and he sucks at his job.
    ____________________________________
    Couldn’t have said it better. He sucks! He is a pretentious prick.

  20. melikefootball says: Mar 12, 2011 4:13 PM

    Took ESPN long enough to see what waste of air time this guy brought to the show.

  21. rgledz says: Mar 12, 2011 4:28 PM

    Honestly, which of the analysts that we see each week aren’t terrible? Shannon Sharpe is nearly impossible to understand, Michael Irvin can’t get out of his own way and if I hear Chris Berman say “rumblin, stumblin” one more time I may puke. It is what it is people. Ex-players talking on TV. By the way Jimmysmith, we all know you are an uninformed troll, but why don’t you put on your big boy pants and tell me how you come to you opinion of CC? Tell me how many WR’s have more than 100 TD’s, more than 1,000 receptions and 14,000 receiving yards………Not too many. He should be in the HOF….period.

  22. brewdogg says: Mar 12, 2011 4:48 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Mar 12, 2011 3:08 PM
    the guy’s a joke, he will never get into the Hall of Fame, unless they open a new one for cocaine users.

    ——————————————-

    And little jimmy’s blind hatred for all things Viking continues. He shouldn’t be on tv, for most of the reasons that have been mentioned, but really…. 2nd in league history in receptions and recieving TDs and 8 PBs say enough. One of the best ever. If being a prick keeps you out of the HOF, there are a more than a few people who need to be removed. Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe got in, after all….

  23. getweird4u says: Mar 12, 2011 4:51 PM

    Maybe now he can devote some time to his son who got kicked out of osu for his grades!

  24. scytherius says: Mar 12, 2011 4:58 PM

    Wanna get rid of some people, get rid of that ATROCIOUS Monday Night crew.

  25. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 12, 2011 5:06 PM

    If you build the team around Berman and Jackson. Berman is the announcer & Jackson is the grizzled veteran who played the game when it wasn’t one big commercial break. Jackson also takes the sole role of non champion broadcaster.

    The rest of the team better be champions.

  26. saturn1111 says: Mar 12, 2011 5:09 PM

    Carter is a self-aggrandizing blowhard, someone who manages to turn every issue into an opportunity to talk about himself in mostly glowing terms.

    I hope they decide not to bring him back.

    That said, he should be in the hall of fame. He was a great player.

  27. wwwfella says: Mar 12, 2011 5:11 PM

    at least he’s not emmitt smith

  28. ghand57 says: Mar 12, 2011 5:28 PM

    One of the biggest pricks I have ever met…Good riddance…

  29. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 12, 2011 6:04 PM

    you can’t beat that tim hasselback analysis.

  30. rcali says: Mar 12, 2011 6:39 PM

    I’ll take him over MeShawn as well. Unlike the NFL network, at least I can understand what most of this panel is saying.

  31. mick730 says: Mar 12, 2011 6:47 PM

    “jw731 says:

    Mar 12, 2011 2:58 PM
    The NFL Network should hire him……Imagine a show with Sanders,Irvin, Sapp and Carter. It would be like going to clown school…”

    Post of the week!

  32. mistrezzrachael says: Mar 12, 2011 6:50 PM

    Why is Carter not in the HOF???

    How about because he was one of the biggest cocaine freaks in NFL???

    Why is ESPN demoting him to set janitor??? Because he’s a complete idiot.

  33. msadpoet says: Mar 12, 2011 7:06 PM

    skleech22 says:
    Mar 12, 2011 2:13 PM
    You ever notice all these ex-Patriot analysts suck??? Bruschi and Harrison? They are awful!!!

    And they even have “cheat” cards to work with…

  34. raider8er says: Mar 12, 2011 7:11 PM

    I liked Carter on Inside The NFL. I hope he stays. I wish Berman would go. His act is so tired. WHOOOOP! WHOOOOP!

  35. artvandelaya says: Mar 12, 2011 7:16 PM

    CC is really good, no great on that show, he’s especially good on the monday night broadcast. shannon sharpe is unwatchable, the fox crew is a just one long inauthentic laugh track, micheal strahan! c’mon man…bring back some cc!!

  36. knightringonow says: Mar 12, 2011 7:29 PM

    With such a deep bullpen, it wouldn’t be prudent for ESPN to blindly re-up a guy like Carter, who has been out of the game long enough for some in the younger demographic to not realize that he even played.

    That’s just amazingly ignorant.

    So, if that’s true, then how would this “younger demographic” have any idea who ANY of the Sunday morning hosts? “They” don’t know Cris Carter but they know Ditka. Boomer? Marino? HOF Shannon Sharpe?

    Oh, and then there’s the “deep bullpen” at ESPN? Really? Who ya thinkin’ about? I hate the beast that’s become of ESPN…

  37. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 12, 2011 7:34 PM

    I’m thinking part of the holdup is seeing if they can remove that ever increasing chip on his shoulder before they sign him again.

  38. rgledz says: Mar 12, 2011 7:59 PM

    mistrezzrachael says:
    Mar 12, 2011 6:50 PM
    Why is Carter not in the HOF???

    How about because he was one of the biggest cocaine freaks in NFL???

    Are you freaking kidding me!?!?!? He had a cocaine issue right out of college……never again after that! If that’s the standard than can we remove Michael Irvin? He has a penchant for cocaine and hookers. How about we go through the whole HOF and remove everybody that did something immoral during their careers….how many players do you think would be left?? Thanks for being the moral police, you’ve enlightened us!!

  39. thefiesty1 says: Mar 12, 2011 8:31 PM

    Chris should stay and get rid of big mouth Keshawn.

  40. stairwayto7 says: Mar 12, 2011 9:20 PM

    Chris Carter is horible! Get rid of Keyshawna and Ditka also! This ain’t 1985 Ditka! Ohio State football gets in trouble so ESPN gets rid of a former drunk Buckeye! By the way, who watches ESPN mornign show anymore?? I do not!

  41. Deb says: Mar 12, 2011 9:23 PM

    @mistrezzrachel …

    I’m tired of people blathering about Cris Carter’s cocaine issues. He dealt with his substance abuse long before retiring and worked hard to be a positive role model to other struggling young players. Randy Moss likely wouldn’t have had the career he did without Carter’s influence.

    Second, the Pro Football Hall of Fame does not have a morals exclusion. Lawrence Taylor went in on first ballot even though his cocaine and legal issues were ongoing during the years prior to his induction. Michael Irvin also had drug and legal issues that haven’t kept him out of the Hall.

    Whatever the reasons Carter has thus far been overlooked despite his performance records, obviously it can’t be because of ancient substance issues.

  42. backindasaddle says: Mar 13, 2011 2:17 PM

    Chris Carter is a meathead. I’ll be glad if he’s gone.

  43. jhicks1116 says: Mar 14, 2011 11:40 PM

    “you Know who”? why do you even go there?
    there is no way “you know who” is working for them. Stop acting like “you know who” is relevent

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