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NFLN made a run at Trey Wingo

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With Rich Eisen leaving NFL Network’s Total Access and the teams of Andrew Siciliano and Kara Henderson (Monday through Thursday) and Scott Hanson and Lindsay Soto (Friday and Saturday) replacing him, there’s a little bit more to the story.

Per a media source with knowledge of the situation, NFLN made a run at ESPN’s Trey Wingo.  He ultimately decided to stay put in Bristol.

Wingo does a great job of weaving through the topics of the day on NFL Live, and he anchors portions of ESPN’s draft coverage and other events.

Thinking long term, Wingo’s non-move makes sense.  Eisen will be the top dog at NFLN until he leaves the network.  At ESPN, Chris Berman will serve as the king of the NFL coverage for as long as he’s there.  It therefore makes more sense for Wingo to position himself to have a shot at replacing Berman, who is considerably older than Eisen.

UPDATE:  NFL Network spokesman Dennis Johnson told PFT via e-mail that NFLN had no comment regarding the report.

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34 Responses to “NFLN made a run at Trey Wingo”
  1. joetoronto says: Aug 29, 2011 8:26 PM

    Wingo’s a wingnut, I’m glad they didn’t get him.

  2. kazwhopper says: Aug 29, 2011 8:33 PM

    Wingo should be replacing Chris Berman now. Berman has become a joke and a caricature of himself.

  3. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 29, 2011 8:33 PM

    Maybe NFLN didn’t raise his salary enough?

  4. redgreen3b1 says: Aug 29, 2011 8:34 PM

    I wish he’d gone 2 NFLN, I watch NFLN more so as not 2 wade through all the sports such as nascar & little league baseball. ESPN has got 2 b a better gig though. He used 2 b the local sports anchor in STL when I was little.

  5. Jon DiPietro says: Aug 29, 2011 8:35 PM

    Too bad. I think NFLN is a little too stiff. Wingo would have loosened things up.

  6. jaypace says: Aug 29, 2011 8:36 PM

    Wingo is a douche

  7. bullethead527 says: Aug 29, 2011 8:42 PM

    Eisen was okay, but I rather have Sapp, as the lead, he is hella funny, Dukes, Sapp, Faulk and Mike is good enough!!!!!

  8. hobartbaker says: Aug 29, 2011 8:43 PM

    PFT has the top talent cornered. Even that young kid who is the backup there is better than all the first string guys around the dial.

  9. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 29, 2011 9:01 PM

    You know who else made a run at Wingo? Gregg Rosenthal.

    But seriously folks, I only watch that idiotic network when they show games that I prefer to see…and I will not, can not, must not ever watch anything that is hosted by that fat windbag Chris Berman.

    Listening to him cover a golf telecast is the most excruciating punishment you could ever give to a human being. Thank you DirecTV for giving me alternate channels to watch during the majors BSPN covers…thank you, thank you.

  10. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 29, 2011 9:04 PM

    Oh and by the way redgreen3b1:

    You’re not texting here… 2 b or not 2 b an idiot.

  11. 14whodey18 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:06 PM

    NFLN won on that deal. Wingo is the guy that always wanted to be an athlete, but wasn’t. He likes to bantor like he has “been there, done that” . That would only work if he was talking about being shoved into lockers in Junior High.

  12. melikefootball says: Aug 29, 2011 9:07 PM

    He would be a better replacement to both guys. Berman has sort of lost it and has no control over a coulple receivers on his NFL show. Eisen, still don’t get what they have seen in him at NFL unless he is a real good smoozer.

  13. qdog112 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:24 PM

    Berman hired Rush Limbaugh. He should be put out to pasture, along with his “dated” references. He makes ESPN football coverage, nearly unbearable. (he and Tom)

    Trey, you da man.

  14. SpartaChris says: Aug 29, 2011 9:25 PM

    redgreen3b1 says:
    Aug 29, 2011 8:34 PM
    I wish he’d gone 2 NFLN, I watch NFLN more so as not 2 wade through all the sports such as nascar & little league baseball. ESPN has got 2 b a better gig though. He used 2 b the local sports anchor in STL when I was little.
    Seriously, are you so lazy that you can’t spell the word “to?”

  15. kellyh3034 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:25 PM

    Wingo doesn’t bring insight to anything much less football.

  16. dirtmcgirt24 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:29 PM


  17. thefoodrapist says: Aug 29, 2011 9:31 PM

    when they say “mad a run”, does that mean they tried to give Reach-Around at the urinal in the men’s room?

  18. dapresident says: Aug 29, 2011 9:33 PM

    “With Rich Eisen leaving NFL Network’s Total Access” WHATTTT! He’s The Best Thing about That Show. Him, Mooch, and Deon Are Hilarious But Micheal Ivrin Try To Hard To Fit In

  19. oopsnaly says: Aug 29, 2011 9:44 PM

    Wingo should be replacing Chris Berman now. Berman has become a joke and a caricature of himself.I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Lindasunny2002 on–a’ge’l’es’s’da’te.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

  20. chobes68 says: Aug 29, 2011 9:49 PM

    I used to love Chris Berman, back in the late 80s/early 90s, but he’s become a caricature of himself.

  21. eaglessuperfan says: Aug 29, 2011 10:13 PM

    Berman is worse than Dick Vitale

  22. henrykissingerisgod says: Aug 29, 2011 10:14 PM


    seriously, are you going to go at someone on a blog over spelling?

  23. cokewithrealsugar says: Aug 29, 2011 10:37 PM

    Jamie Dukes is the absolute worst analyst. I can’t take another “all I’m saying is…”. Just say it. We know it’s you when your talking.

  24. Panda Claus says: Aug 29, 2011 10:55 PM

    So why does Wingo look so much like Kevin Costner in that picture? Or maybe it’s just me.

  25. staffordsyear says: Aug 29, 2011 11:06 PM

    Couldn’t agree more with the berman posts,why is espn still employing this guy?!,can’t they see he is clearly past his prime. Back! Back! Back! Ugh! I throw shoes at the tv everytime that comes up. That used to be catchy 15 years ago,now he’s doin it on outback commercials I think! Sorry berman but its over.

  26. thefiesty1 says: Aug 29, 2011 11:08 PM

    Nobody is worse than Dick Vatale. I grab the remote as soon as he opens his mouth. Trey is fine, Boomer is ok. They need to get rid of Keyshaun, like yesterday.

  27. duffer58 says: Aug 29, 2011 11:09 PM

    Wingo is bad but compared to Berman he is fantastic.

  28. rajbais says: Aug 29, 2011 11:25 PM

    Bad stuff happens when you hire Mark Shapiro!!!

  29. imasturbate says: Aug 29, 2011 11:35 PM

    Yeah, Irvin, Sapp, and Deion….I’ll be sure to tune it.

  30. celtks says: Aug 29, 2011 11:49 PM

    The move to put in the two gals is a demographic grabbing attempt that will fail. Fans don’t want to see folk who get put in because they are the “right” color, gender, or anything else except the best and most knowledgeable at what they do. In the NFL players win jobs on merit. The NFL network would do better to follow that practice. Yea I’m a guy, but my girlfriend and mom think so too!

  31. goforgin01 says: Aug 30, 2011 12:28 AM

    Kind of glad Eisen’s gone. He stayed within himself for a while, then the limelight got a little big & it became more about him.

    The key is to find somebody who makes this more about football and the former players/coaches/executives’ analysis….and less about himself.

    Oh, and uh…herself does not work.

  32. tunescribe says: Aug 30, 2011 1:01 AM

    NFLN needs to clean house and start over with serious football analysts. ESPN is a lost cause.

  33. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 30, 2011 8:06 AM

    You want a good idea for NFL programming? First, fire EVERYBODY at all three NFL broadcast channels. Take Mayock and Jaws, throw them in a room on Tuesday morning with a DVR of all the game tapes from the previous week, a box of doughnuts and a vat of Red Bull and just let them talk football until the games start Sunday afternoon. If you want variety, put Ditka, Deion and Sapp in an octogon, and tell them the last man standing gets to inteview the player of the week.

  34. tobiathan says: Aug 30, 2011 8:21 PM

    Sapp fidgets and grins and mugs like a spoiled, self-centered eight-year-old only child. He speaks in incoherent snippets and constantly distracts viewers from anyone else who speaks besides him. He must be destroyed(metaphorically speaking, of course).

    *But he was a great ballplayer.

    **Still ruins entire segments on-screen.

    ***Posted this seven times so far. Censorship rules!

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