Deion Sanders Out at NFL Network (Reports).
Sanders’ contract expired and NFL Network confirmed that Sanders would be leaving. There are reports the sides couldn’t come to an agreement on a contract and that Sanders wants to get into coaching.
Sanders, 53, reportedly agreed to a new deal, but later decided to leave the network instead, per John Ourand at Sports Business Daily. The New York Post reported that NFL Network wanted Sanders to take a pay cut from “what is surely a seven-plus-figure salary.”
NFL VP of communications Alex Riethmiller said in a statement:
“Deion has been one of the key figures responsible for the growth of NFL Network. We thank him for his work and wish him the best in the future.”
His “21 & Prime” show was cut last year as part of an overall NFL budget cut, per the Post.
The Hall of Fame cornerback was one of the network’s longest-tenured employees. He started there in 2006 after playing 14 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington and the Baltimore Ravens. In 2011, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and his 53 career interceptions are tied for 24th in NFL history.