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Top Reporter Announces He's Leaving ESPN

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Major news out of ESPN today.

Veteran NFL reporter Jim Trotter announced on Twitter this afternoon that he's leaving the Worldwide Leader. The reasoning behind his departure is unclear.

The well-respected reporter tweeted out the following:

"Today ends my four-year run at ESPN. Thanks to management for allowing me out of my contract and to IMMENSELY talented (and patient) producers who always helped me along. Also major thanks to Bob Ley & Outside The Lines. (Love) the show. I’m excited for the next step in my journey," he wrote."

Here's the full tweet:

Trotter joined ESPN in 2014.

Here's his bio:

"Trotter previously worked at Sports Illustrated for six and half years as a senior writer (2007-14). Some of his most memorable stories included a 2012 piece on the Raiders following the death of longtime patriarch Al Davis; a 2007 story on the death of Sean Taylor; and a critical examination of San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium in 2013. Prior to SI, Trotter spent nearly 18 years at the San DiegoUnion-Tribune, where he worked his way from preps reporter to lead NFL writer, including nine years covering the Chargers.

Trotter, who resides in San Diego, has appeared on a variety of national and local television and radio programs through the years, and even worked as an NFL contributor on ESPN’s First Take in the mid 2000’s. He also recently completed his first book, a biography of Junior Seau.

Trotter is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, as well as the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) and the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). A native of San Francisco, Trotter graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1986 with a degree in broadcast journalism."

Best of luck at your next step, Jim.