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ESPN parts ways with prominent NFL reporter for a second time

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Jan. 4, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; ESPN logo prior to the 2011 Sugar Bowl between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in seven years, a prominent NFL reporter is leaving ESPN.

Ed Werder announced in a statement on Thursday that he has parted ways with ESPN.

“For 26 years, I’ve had the privilege of reporting on the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys while holding an ESPN microphone. But that time is coming to an end,” Werder wrote. “I will immediately begin considering other opportunities to continue my work covering the NFL.

“My ESPN career was highlighted by being assigned to cover 20 consecutive Super Bowls and included having my contributions honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. … While this marks the end of my partnership with ESPN, I expect to continue working because, as so many studio hosts have proclaimed — and I still devoutly believe — ‘Ed Werder has more.'”

ESPN also issued a statement thanking Werder for his contributions.

Werder, 64, began working at ESPN in 1998. He was laid off in 2017 but returned in 2019 despite some bizarre treatment from the network. He has mostly covered the Dallas Cowboys.

Prior to joining ESPN, Werder worked for Sports Illustrated, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Orlando Sentinel and the Dallas Morning News.

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