One of ESPN’s most experienced NFL reporters is out, effective immediately. Ed Werder, who has a strong reputation for covering football and particularly the Cowboys, has been let go, he said on Twitter this morning. “After 17 years reporting on NFL, I’ve been informed that I’m being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire,” Werder wrote. ESPN is expected to lay off around 100 employees this week, as the network tries to reduce costs as it deals with declining revenues thanks to cord cutting. At least one other NFL reporter, longtime Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky, has also been let go, and it’s likely that several notable names in the NFL media world will be without
As casually as they came up, the Seahawks sort of dismissed the Richard Sherman trade rumors yesterday. All of which makes it an extraordinary piece of non-business in the NFL, with both sides openly acknowledging a potential divorce, while vowing to stay together for the kids if that’s what it takes. They seem to shrug as if either outcome is fine, even though it’s unlike just about anything we’ve ever seen. “Richard may see it as a fresh start for him and we may see it as a way to clear some cap room and get younger, but neither side is super urgent about it,” Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said, via Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com. Schneider said that once the rumors got out there
Tuesday, May 2, is the deadline for NFL teams to pick up the fifth-year contract option for players drafted in the first round in 2014. The Minnesota Vikings are not likely to pick up the fifth-year option on Teddy Bridgewater’s contract. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday morning that the Minnesota Vikings are not likely to pick up the option on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s deal.