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In revealing the move publicly for the first time, NFLN executive producer Eric Weinberger tells USA Today Sports that "this is probably going to be news to some blogs and articles out there who've said his time is up here, but we picked up an option year on his contract." Sapp's on-air duties, including working NFLN's Sunday pregame show, will remain essentially the same.
Before being dropped by Inside the NFL, Sapp had filed for bankruptcy and been threatened with a possible lawsuit by NFL player Jeremy Shockey after Sapp made controversial comments regarding Shockey and the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.
And in his new book Sapp Attack, Sapp probably didn't help his chances of signing on with ESPN if he needed a new TV job. Talking about ex-teammates who are now prominent ESPN analysts, Sapp said Trent Dilfer was just "an interception waiting to happen," while Keyshawn Johnson was a problem because "everything was about him."
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Source: USA Today | Michael Hiestand