In a move thats drawn a bittersweet reaction from me, ESPN has decided not to renew the contract of Sean Salisbury. While I was not the biggest Salisbury fan, there are other on air personalities that I would much rather see hit the road (Trey Wingo, Tom Jackson). There are two shreds of silver lining in this, the first is that Sean got in the ultimate zinger on his “on air rival” John Clayton a few weeks ago with his “Tales From The Crypt” diss. Take a look at it below
Sean released this statement on his way out of the door regarding ESPN:
“I want to thank ESPN for 12 great years of talking football on TV and the radio. I have grown as much as I can at ESPN and decided to expand my horizons. I have created a brand and it’s time to expand into other opportunities in TV, radio, Internet, publishing, movies and public speaking, among others. My resume speaks for itself as a football analyst, and I believe I can talk all sports with the best of them.”
The second shred of silver lining is the arrival of Cris Carter at ESPN. I think Cris is an excellent analyst and gets his point across without being a douche (Keyshawn Johnson). Cris was the only member of the Inside The NFL crew who didn’t have a job since their HBO show got canceled, so it’s great to see him land a new gig.
Update: it looks like ESPN didn’t renew Sean’s contract because he asked for more money than they were willing to pay.
“I’d grown tired of being punished for not being an NFL superstar. Analysts who don’t work as hard as me, don’t prepare as hard as me, and don’t have my resume were making more than me just because of their ability to throw or catch a football.
“Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated the opportunity ESPN gave me, but they had capped my ceiling. There was only so far I could go there.