Mark Schlereth jumps to FS1 after 16 years at ESPN

Longtime ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth has jumped to rival FS1.

Tanner Pearson Limited Jersey The three-time Super Bowl champion lineman made his FS1 debut Tuesday morning alongside Skip Bayless, ex-Broncos teammate Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor on Undisputed.
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Schlereth is close to ousted FS1 boss Jamie Horowitz from their time together at ESPN. His move to FS1 from ESPN has been in the works for months, said sources. Horowitz closed the deal to bring the former player nicknamed Stink to FS1 several weeks ago, source said.

Schlereth has worked as an NFL analyst at ESPN since 2001, appearing on NFL Live, SportsCenter, Mike & Mike in the Morning and other shows. But sources said his contract was expiring at ESPN the same time the network was looking to shed 100 on-air talents/reporters. ESPN informed Schlereth his contract was not going to be renewed, freeing him to move cross-country to FS1.

I could see Fox Sports using him on both Fox NFL Sunday and Charissa Thompson’s Fox NFL Kickoff as well as the Undisputed and Speak for Yourself studio shows in Los Angeles.

So, this is a complicated deal. There is no bigger bargain in the NBA than Kevin Durant making in the range of $25 million per season in 2017-18. For the team, this is the best deal they could have possibly expected. Their superstar forward takes a pay cut from last season, gets his early Bird rights for next season and then likely re-signs long-term in Golden State. It’s a selfless gesture from one of the league’s true superstars, who could have earned up to $31.8 million this season from Golden State.

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