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Shannon Sharpe And ESPN Approaching Multi Year Contract To Remain On “First Take”




As reported by The Athletic via Bleacher Report, NFL Hall of Famer and current ESPN personality Shannon Sharpe is reportedly on the verge of solidifying a new contract with ESPN that will keep him on the network for multiple years. According to The Athletic's Richard Deitsch, the deal has not yet been formally inked, but all signs are pointing to a positive outcome in the near future. The terms of the deal are believed to be for four years.


Under the new agreement, Sharpe would continue to make regular appearances on First Take and is also expected to contribute to the network's NFL programming. Currently, Sharpe appears on the Monday and Tuesday editions of First Take alongside host Molly Qerim and Stephen A. Smith. Before joining ESPN, Sharpe spent seven years on FS1's Undisputed alongside Skip Bayless.


Sharpe is no stranger to the limelight, having played 14 NFL seasons for the Denver Broncos (1990-99, 2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2000-01), where he registered 815 catches for 10,060 yards and 62 touchdowns. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler, four-time first-team All-Pro, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.




Although Sharpe's records for the most receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns among tight ends were later broken by Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates, respectively, Sharpe remains one of the most beloved and respected NFL players-turned-media personalities. With his new deal with ESPN, it appears that Sharpe will continue to entertain audiences for years to come.


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