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Ed Werder Says ESPN Asked Him To Cover The NFL Draft After Getting Laid Off

A photo of Ed Werder on camera.

The veteran NFL reporter was one of the most-surprising cuts at ESPN.

Ed Werder has publicly addressed his exit from ESPN on his new podcast, the Doomsday Podcast with Matt Mosley.

On his first episode, the veteran NFL reporter addressed ESPN's layoffs and how they affected him.

Werder, one of the most-recognizable NFL faces at ESPN, was one of the most-surprising cuts by the company.

The longtime Dallas Cowboys insider said ESPN, after laying him off, asked him to stay in New Orleans and cover the NFL Draft. Werder did not.

From the Washington Post:

After being laid off, Werder was given the option by his boss — with a human-resources employee on the line when he called Werder — to continue to cover the New Orleans Saints in the draft, which began Thursday. For instance, Britt McHenry, another NFL reporter who was laid off, chose to finish covering the draft.

“When they finished telling me I was laid off, they said this was effective immediately,” Werder said. “And the next thing they told me to do as a former employee of ESPN was stay and cover the Saints draft, which seemed like an odd way to begin your unemployment. But it seemed like it was my option, and I chose not to. I just didn’t feel like it was the right place for me to be, alone in a hotel room and then out in public as a former employee, representing ESPN with the New Orleans Saints. So I went home without covering any picks this time from New Orleans.”

Good for Ed.

You can listen to his podcast here.