Ryan Clark Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Broadcaster Ryan Clark talks with Scott Van Pelt prior to a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this month, it looked like Ryan Clark’s time at ESPN might be ending. Clark revealed in a social media video after the Super Bowl that his contract with the network had expired, and that he and they “disagreed” on what he was worth.

Although Clark left open the possibility of a return there, and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio would later report that ESPN execs still had an “offer on the table” for him, there seemed to be at least a strong chance of him moving on elsewhere. And it’s notable he already has two prominent outside ventures, hosting Inside The NFL on The CW and co-hosting the Pivot podcast with Channing Crowder and Fred Taylor). But Andrew Marchand of The Athletic reported Monday that Clark has “verbally agreed” to a deal to stay at ESPN:

Here’s more from Marchand’s piece:

After an outspoken negotiation period where NFL analyst Ryan Clark threatened to leave ESPN, he has verbally agreed to remain at the network, sources briefed on the deal said.

…ESPN is expected to announce the new deal soon. The network declined comment.

…Clark is expected to continue his podcast, “The Pivot,” which is unassociated with ESPN. He hosted “Inside the NFL” last year, which appeared on The CW during the season. He is a contributor to ESPN’s “NFL Live” and was a regular on “Monday Night Countdown.”

Clark sticking around seems like a boon for ESPN, as he’s been very versatile for them across Monday Night CountdownNFL LiveSportsCenterGet Up, First Take and more. He’s also co-hosted the DC and RC MMA podcast for them with Daniel Cormier. And he’s drawn significant praise as a NFL analyst, and his star does seem further on the rise with his regular Monday Night Countdown and Inside The NFL work this past season.

But it’s not clear if Clark will retain all of his past ESPN roles under this new deal. One thing he discussed in his video was his desire to work less and be more rested. And some of those appearances have come at opposite ends of the clock, particularly Get Up in the early morning and Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter in the evening. We’ll see when this extension gets finalized, and just what it involves Clark doing for ESPN.

[The Athletic]

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