This season’s NFL media free agency period may be more interesting than the league’s actual free agency period. Within the last few weeks, rumors regarding Drew Brees departure from NBC have taken a number of interesting turns. Meanwhile, FOX locked up a multi-year deal with Tom Brady. Not to mention, Amazon has landed Kirk Herbstreit as its lead NFL analyst this season. Now, the media landscape has shifted its focus back to ESPN.
Months ago, ESPN made headlines as it added Troy Aikman and Joe Buck to its lead Monday Night Football broadcast booth. Moving forward, the network is looking to shape up its second Monday Night Football broadcast team. As reported by Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, it looks like Dan Orlovsky will take Brian Briese’s spot on the second broadcast team. The former NFL quarterback will join Steve Levy and Louis Riddick later this year as ESPN begins broadcasting NFL games.
“The position is significant. While ESPN has signed Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as its No. 1 team, Levy and Riddick will call a handful of games this year and then around five per season beginning in 2023. Levy and Riddick also received contract extensions, cementing them on NFL games,” Marchand stated.
“Orlovsky was pursued by Fox Sports, according to sources, where he would have fronted a five-day-a-week NFL show and done some games on Sundays, though he was not a candidate for the top jobs, according to sources.”
ESPN nor Orlovsky have publicly confirmed the news just yet. It is also unclear where this would leave Griese moving forward.