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Reason for Adam Schefter’s NFL Draft absence revealed

Adam Schefter on the field

Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; ESPN personality Adam Schefter talks during a segment before the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Those watching the NFL Draft on ESPN Thursday may have noticed the conspicuous absence of top reporter Adam Schefter.

Schefter is typically a staple of the network’s draft coverage, often breaking in to report on trades and other speculation. That was not the case on Thursday, as Schefter had some family matters to tend to. His stepson was graduating from college, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, and Schefter was in attendance for that instead of the draft.

Schefter has been the subject of controversy recently, but that has nothing to do with his absence Thursday. He has been on ESPN regularly since then, and the network would not do that only to sideline him for such a big night.

Schefter was not the only notable ESPN personality missing from Thursday’s coverage. Another familiar figure was not on-site, too.

Adam Schefter apologizes for his Dwayne Haskins tweet

Adam Schefter on the field

Adam Schefter issued an apology on Monday for his reporting of Dwayne Haskins’ death.

Haskins died on Saturday after being hit by a dump truck while on a South Florida highway. When sharing the news of Haskins’ death, Schefter mentioned Haskins’ struggles as a backup quarterback in the NFL. Many found Schefter’s tweet to be insensitive.

He seemed to agree.

The ESPN NFL reporter on Saturday deleted his initial tweet and replaced it with a newer one.

Then in his podcast episode released on Monday, Schefter issued an official apology, while also offering a tribute to Haskins.

“First I wanted to address the death of Dwayne Haskins, and the tweet that I posted this weekend. It was insensitive, it was a mistake, and I could assure you it was not my attention. I wish I could have that tweet back. The focus should have been on Dwayne,” Schefter said. “I wanted to apologize to Dwayne’s family, his friends, the players in the National Football League, and offer my condolences to everybody close to Dwayne.”

Haskins was 24 when he died and less than a month away from his 25th birthday. The former Buckeyes standout was entering his second season with the Steelers following two with Washington, who drafted him No. 15 overall in 2019.

Photo: Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; ESPN personality Adam Schefter talks during a segment before the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Schefter criticized over reporting of Dwayne Haskins’ death

Adam Schefter on the field

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter was criticized Saturday by some who found his reporting on Dwayne Haskins’ death insensitive.

Schefter was the first to report that Haskins was killed in South Florida after being hit by a car. In the original tweet with the news, Schefter wrote that Haskins “struggl(ed) to catch on with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL.” Some found Schefter’s decision to note Haskins’ struggles as insensitive in light of the news he was reporting.

Among those was former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, who shared a screenshot of Schefter’s original tweet and sharply criticized the ESPN reporter.

Another notable criticism came from NFL Network reporter James Palmer. Without naming Schefter, Palmer said he wished the news had come out “with a little more sensitivity and compassion.”

Schefter took the criticism seriously enough that he deleted the original tweet and posted a new one that did not reference Haskins’ NFL struggles.

Schefter has previously apologized for other cases where he was criticized for his initial reporting of certain instances. He may feel the need to say something about this case as well.

Photo: Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; ESPN personality Adam Schefter talks during a segment before the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Huge salaries for Adam Schefter, Adrian Wojnarowski revealed

Adam Schefter on the field

ESPN announced on Thursday that it has signed both Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski to contract extensions, and we now have an idea of how much money the network shelled out.

Sources told Outkick’s Bobby Burack that Schefter and Wojnarowski will each be paid $10 million a year with their new deals. The NFL and NBA insider both drew interest from sports gambling companies, but ESPN stepped up with the big offer to keep them.

Stephen A. Smith remains the highest-paid employee at ESPN. He makes roughly $12 million per year.

As Burack notes, the extensions for Schefter and Wojnarowski should have a big impact on the market for top insiders. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has a few years remaining on his deal, but The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Yahoo’s Chris Haynes have contracts that expire later this year.

ESPN has gone on a huge spending spree this year. The network also paid a massive sum to lure Troy Aikman and Joe Buck away from FOX.

Photo: Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; ESPN personality Adam Schefter talks during a segment before the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN announces extensions for 2 top insiders

Adam Schefter on the field

ESPN spent some big money recently to revamp its “Monday Night Football” booth, and the network announced more major news on Thursday.

ESPN has signed both top NFL insider Adam Schefter and top NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski to contract extensions.

Jeff Passan, ESPN’s top MLB insider, also signed an extension with the company last November.

There has been some talk recently about sports betting outlets potentially poaching top talent like Schefter and others. ESPN has given Schefter more editorial freedom in recent years with things like his podcast, which is likely a factor in why he keeps re-signing with the network.

The price ESPN paid to lure Buck and Aikman away from FOX was a reminder of how deep the company’s resources run. The extensions for Schefter and Wojnarowski are further evidence.

Photo: Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; ESPN personality Adam Schefter talks during a segment before the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Schefter says he heard from Don Yee after spoiling Tom Brady retirement news

Adam Schefter talks

Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington teamed up to break some of the biggest news of the NFL offseason. Schefter says that report earned him a phone call from someone who wasn’t too happy.

Schefter and Darlington reported for ESPN on January 29 that Tom Brady was going to retire. Their report came the day before the conference championship games and stole many headlines. Additionally, and more importantly, Schefter and Darlington spoiled Brady’s ability to make the announcement on his timeline and terms.

Schefter was a guest on “Pardon My Take” last week and talked about his breaking news report. Hosts Big Cat and PFT Commenter were teasing Schefter about a tweet he shared about Jimmy Garoppolo. They asked if the positive tweet about Garoppolo was a trade with agent Don Yee for the scoop on Brady’s retirement (Yee represents both quarterbacks).

Schefter said no and then said that the first time he heard from Yee about either matter was when the agent called him about the Brady retirement report.

“The first contact I had with Don Yee was afterwards,” Schefter said. “When he called, he said – and my wife was in the office – and I haven’t talked about this before, but I’m in my office, it’s a Saturday afternoon, there was a snowstorm in New York, wife is sitting there, Don Yee calls and said ‘why would you not call me in advance?’ I said, ‘I did call you, multiple times, left messages, never heard back from you.’ He said, ‘I have a statement I want to read to you.’”

Schefter turned out to be right, as Brady announced his retirement not long after the report. The ESPN reporter took a subtle victory lap about the matter.

This is nothing new for Schefter, who is used to spoiling the retirement news for major quarterbacks.

H/T Patriots Wire

Lamar Jackson calls out Adam Schefter for strange reason

Lamar Jackson without a helmet

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is not happy with ESPN reporter Adam Schefter for what seems to be a fairly strange reason.

Schefter shared a story on Twitter Saturday which quoted Jackson as saying that racial bias toward black quarterbacks still exists in the NFL. Jackson made the comments in an appearance on LeBron James’ show “The Shop” in an episode posted Friday.

Jackson took issue with what Schefter posted, retweeting the post and saying his remarks were “not my response to that specific question.”

Jackson’s objection is very strange. Watching the video, it’s fairly clear that Jackson is responding directly to something James says regarding racial bias against black quarterbacks. James remarks that bias is “dying off, but it’s still there.”

“It’s still there,” Jackson says while nodding. “That’s why I need that championship.”

Jackson certainly seems to be agreeing with James’ assertion. If the segment was deceptively edited, that’s on the show, not Schefter, who didn’t even write the associated story.

Schefter is no stranger to being called out for some of his reports, sometimes legitimately, other times not so much. This probably won’t bother him too much.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) reacts against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Schefter takes subtle victory lap over Tom Brady retirement

Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter has taken a lot of heat over the past few days after he and his ESPN colleague Jeff Darlington broke the news that Tom Brady intended to retire. Brady’s camp immediately denied that the quarterback had made any decisions on his future, but that seems hard to believe now.

Brady announced his retirement on Tuesday, thus confirming that what Schefter and Darlington reported on Saturday was accurate. Schefter never backed down from the report even as Brady privately disputed it and Brady’s father publicly ripped ESPN.

In addition to standing behind his reporting, it appears Schefter also kept receipts from those who bashed him. He “liked” several tweets that mocked him for supposedly jumping the gun.

We believed Schefter and Darlington all along. It seemed obvious that Brady just didn’t want the news to leak. This isn’t the first time Schefter has been criticized for his handling of major QB retirement news. While he was simply doing his job, the victory lap proves that he at least got some satisfaction out of people doubting him.

Adam Schefter may need knee surgery due to pregame dance injury

Adam Schefter does The Griddy

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is typically one of the first NFL insiders to find out about major injuries, and unfortunately he had to do a bit of reporting on himself this week.

Schefter revealed during “NFL Live” on Tuesday that he underwent an MRI on his knee. He said he may have damaged the knee while doing “The Griddy” dance prior to the Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears game on Dec. 20. Here’s a video of Schefter doing the popular dance while Vikings star Justin Jefferson cheered him on:

Schefter didn’t appear to have any sort of limp after the dance, but apparently the MRI did not come clean. Schefter’s colleague Marcus Spears “reported” later on Tuesday that Schefter suffered a torn meniscus and might need surgery. Schefter confirmed the news.

With the playoffs fast approaching, Schefter has no plans to miss time. He’s planning to play through the injury. The NFL community admires his toughness.

Adam Schefter ruthlessly mocked over Kliff Kingsbury-Oklahoma report

Adam Schefter

Lincoln Riley stunned the sports world on Sunday when he agreed to become the next head coach at USC. One report claimed Oklahoma is targeting Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury to be Riley’s replacement, but most people found that laughable. That led to ESPN’s Adam Schefter feeling the wrath of Twitter.

Shortly after the Riley news broke, Schefter reported that Oklahoma is eyeing Kingsbury as a coaching candidate. The NFL insider also noted that Kingsbury’s current contract with the Cardinals expires after 2022. The latter piece of information is the one people felt was most important.

With Kingsbury almost certainly seeking a new deal from the Cardinals, it would make sense for his camp to leak information about Oklahoma having interest in him. Schefter was accused of being a mouthpiece and mocked on Twitter.

Now, that’s not to say Oklahoma doesn’t want Kingsbury. They would gladly hire him if he had interest in the job, but why would he? The Cardinals are 9-2 and one of the best teams in the NFC. They also have a young franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray. Kingsbury would be voluntarily taking a demotion if he left a good NFL team for Oklahoma.

When someone inevitably asks Kingsbury about the Oklahoma rumors, don’t be surprised if he responds the same way Mike Tomlin did when he was linked to the USC job.