Report: ESPN re-signs Jesse Palmer after bidding war with FOX Sports, will no longer call games
Jesse Palmer isn’t going anywhere for the 2017 college football season.
The former Florida QB signed a seven-figure, multiyear contract to remain with ESPN, according to a report by SportingNews. Palmer has been the lead analyst for the SEC Network; however, his role is expected to change with the new deal. Palmer is expected to move into a studio role full time for halftime and postgame coverage.
Along with ESPN, Palmer will continue to be a special contributor for “Good Morning America,” and being in a role that’s exclusively in studio with ESPN will allow Palmer to work out of New York, where he lives.
Interestingly, the report also states that ESPN and FOX Sports were in a bidding war to land Palmer, as his contract was set to expire in July.
Palmer originally joined ESPN in 2007 as a college football analyst. Prior to landing with ESPN, Palmer played in the NFL for five seasons, most notably with the New York Giants. The QB played in 27 games with the Gators during his career, throwing for 3,755 yards and 31 touchdowns.