The New York Daily News is reporting that Tom Jackson is expected to leave ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown”. Jackson has spent 28 seasons with the network and has been one of the most respected and recognized NFL analysts on television.
“He’s still weighing his options,” an NFL TV source told the Daily News. “This will be Tommy’s call. It’s up to him . Tommy’s driving the train on this one. The situation is fluid.”
Another industry told the Daily News that the odds of Jackson returning to ESPN are slim.
“My guess is he is going to leave,” the source said.
It’s unclear if ESPN executives want Jackson to leave his position on “Sunday Countdown” or if discussions have taken place to move him to another network show. Given his stature with the company it stands to reason that another role at the network remains possible.
Assuming Jackson leaves, “Countdown” (a show which he has been a part of since 1987), it will have experienced an overhaul this off-season. The only remaining member from last year’s cast would be Chris Berman, and even his status on the show is expected to end after the 2016 season. Heading into the upcoming season, ESPN will feature Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, Matt Hasselbeck and Trent Dilfer alongside Berman.