Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is leaving the NFL Network after a contract disagreement, The Post has learned.
Sanders, 53, has expressed a desire to get into coaching and there is a feeling that is what is next for him. He made an attempt to become the head coach at his alma mater, Florida State.
His son, Shedeur Sanders, a top high school quarterback prospect, has signed to play with Florida Atlantic. Another son, Shilo, is a cornerback at South Carolina.
While the network confirmed Sanders’ departure, sources said the two sides could not come to an agreement with NFLN looking for Sanders to take a pay cut from what is surely a seven-plus-figure salary. The amount of the cut is unknown. Sanders’ contract had recently expired.
“Deion has been one of the key figures responsible for the growth of the NFL Network,” NFL VP of communications Alex Riethmiller said in a statement. “We thank him for his work and wish him the best in the future.”
It is not yet known if NFLN will replace Sanders, who along with Rich Eisen was probably the network’s most prominent on-air person.
Last year, as part of the NFL’s overall budget as the result of its Top 100 all-time players project, the network cut $20 million, The Post reported. As part of it, Sanders’ show, “21 & Prime” was axed. The NFL Network has not been aggressive in adding talent this offseason, which is likely partly due with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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