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ESPN announces Rex Ryan hire

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The four-letter network officially has added an artisan of four-letter words.

Rex Ryan is joining ESPN; the announcement came Monday. The former Bills and Jets coach will make appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown. He also will contribute to SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, “and more.” (The announcement says nothing about Rex being involved with ESPN’s Monday Night Football coverage.)

While his normal assignment will start in September, Ryan will also call the Florida State spring game for ESPN on Saturday.

“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.”

Some (me) wonder whether Ryan’s style will translate to TV as well as most (pretty much everyone else) assumes. There’s a chance that Ryan will have a fairly narrow repertoire, eventually coming off as a pull-string doll having a collection of five or six standard phrases, not including five or six of George Carlin’s seven dirty words.

Ryan will be working essentially for free, at least for three years. His contract with the Bills has three years left, at $5.5 million annually. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Ryan will be making substantially less than that (substantially less than that) with ESPN. The ESPN compensation will reduce Buffalo’s payments to Ryan on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

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23 Responses to “ESPN announces Rex Ryan hire”
  1. charger383 says: Apr 3, 2017 1:03 PM

    he will be better than a lot of them

  2. laxman1944 says: Apr 3, 2017 1:03 PM

    ESPN has never recovered after the sacking of their Sunday night Prime Time high light show.

    Good luck Rex, hope you do well.

  3. bullcharger says: Apr 3, 2017 1:10 PM

    Rex will do well. He’s funny.

  4. abninf says: Apr 3, 2017 1:12 PM

    I lost what little respect I had for espn when they sacked Hank Jr.

  5. ireallydontcareonesinglebit says: Apr 3, 2017 1:29 PM

    This will only make me watch ESPN less than ever. Can’t support this kind of hire.

  6. boonevol says: Apr 3, 2017 1:35 PM

    Once again you persist in this false narrative that Ryan is working “essentially for free”. Buffalo pays him 5.5 mil, less whatever ESPN pays him. That isn’t “free” to him, Buffalo, or ESPN. He can stay home, eat Cheeto’s, and make exactly the same amount. He gains 1) new job skills, 2) perhaps self enrichment, and 3) other potential career opportunities by declining to lay around the house for the remainder of his contract.

    Buffalo is the winner here by gaining back some of the salary they would have lost for getting his fingers (or toes) orange.

  7. thechronicjoker says: Apr 3, 2017 1:37 PM

    ESPN is turning into The View, no more sports but plenty of talk

  8. stucats says: Apr 3, 2017 1:38 PM

    great, more useless hot air on ESPN!

  9. steelnucs says: Apr 3, 2017 1:40 PM

    Say what you will about Rex, he will be the most interesting person on that show. Not interesting enough to make me watch that idiotic show, but still.

  10. raylomas says: Apr 3, 2017 1:45 PM

    Time for ESPN tattoo.

  11. thrifty says: Apr 3, 2017 1:47 PM

    ESPN is full of idiots.

  12. intrafinesse says: Apr 3, 2017 1:48 PM

    I disliked him as head coach, but he’ll be great on TV.

  13. jmd0722 says: Apr 3, 2017 1:51 PM

    Worst hire espn has made. This blow heart is as bad as Mike Ditka. His results of his coaching teams should have been an indicator. With the line up they have now, I will quit watching this particular program.

  14. ricko1112 says: Apr 3, 2017 1:51 PM

    Any money that Rex makes at B$PN will be subtracted from the money that the Bills will pay him. Therefore, he’ll most likely be working without a salary. The only concession was that all the female anchors have to wear flip flops.

  15. blacknyellow5 says: Apr 3, 2017 1:52 PM

    What is the official footwear endorser of ESPN?

  16. ackattack22 says: Apr 3, 2017 2:02 PM

    Let’s just hope Rex doesn’t end up putting his foot in his mouth. However, based on his past he probably wouldn’t mind putting someone else’s foot in his mouth. (Hey-oh!)

  17. patriots123456 says: Apr 3, 2017 2:05 PM

    Rex tells it like he sees it.

    ESPN is politically correct…

    This won’t have a happy ending IMO…

  18. folec says: Apr 3, 2017 2:23 PM

    Typical TMZSPN move…

  19. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says: Apr 3, 2017 2:48 PM

    ESPN won the off season…………….

  20. wolfmanpatriot says: Apr 3, 2017 3:04 PM

    I thought his antics with the jets were funny. Made me think of when old day coaches had to create a buzz to sell tickets.

    He didn’t make a great HC, but he was very good as a DC prior to the Jets, so he may prove to be insightful.

  21. miamibeak says: Apr 3, 2017 3:40 PM

    That fat pile of goo with fake teeth
    Gives me another reason to watch NFL network

  22. bigdogsolec says: Apr 4, 2017 8:29 AM

    can just see this on live tv ” rex talking “,
    WTF”bleep” IS THAT GUY THINKING , THAT F–KING”bleep” MORON ran the wrong route,
    THAT “bleep ,bleep ” needs to keep his elbow down.

  23. zeke2517 says: Apr 4, 2017 7:19 PM

    “The four-letter network officially has added an artisan of four-letter words.”

    You can do better. I mean, dude…

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