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ESPN Exodus Continues: Top NFL Analyst On His Way Out At Network

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ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer is likely on his way out of the network, according to multiple reports

The New York Daily News reported on Sunday that Dilfer is "likely done" at the network and SI.com is reporting that while Dilfer remains employed at ESPN, the direction will "likely head elsewhere."

Dilfer, 44, has been with ESPN since 2008. He was previously a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens. 

"If and when (he leaves), it’s a remarkable change of direction given Dilfer was once considered the front-runner to replace (Jon) Gruden (on Monday Night Football) should he opt back into coaching," SI.com says

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You would have to think that it's a money issue with Dilfer, if he really is considered to be a possible replacement to Gruden on MNF. 

ESPN's cost-cutting strategy appears to be very real. 

The following people have all left (or it's being reported that they will leave) the network in recent months (though it's unfair to say money was the sole reason):

  • Bill Simmons
  • Colin Cowherd
  • Skip Bayless
  • Jason Whitlock
  • Keith Olbermann
  • Mike Tirico
  • Brad Nessler
  • Robert Smith
  • Joe Schad
  • Robert Flores

 ESPN president John Skipper said the following regarding the network's talent exodus. 

"While some may leave, ESPN has always continued to thrive and we have a demonstrated track record of the ability to identify and develop talented people. The current and next generation of great talent lives here at ESPN and we look forward to showcasing them across our unparalleled collection of platforms."

Much of the talent that is or has left - Cowherd, Whitlock, Bayless - is headed to ESPN's primary competitor, Fox Sports 1. 

Is the gap between the World Wide Leader and FS1 starting to close?