If Fox Sports wants Aikman to call Thursday Night Football on top of his traditional Sunday afternoon game duties, the former Cowboys quarterback wants to be compensated, sources tell Sporting News.
The popular, critically respected Aikman has a good argument given the way Fox and ESPN recently slobbered over Peyton Manning for Thursday Night and Monday Night Football duties. Entranced by Manning’s appeal to Middle America, they were willing to pay him up to $10 million a year, SN reported in March. Manning turned them down because he didn’t want to be a critic on games involving brother Eli, according to ProFootballTalk.
With Manning out of the picture, at least for this season, Fox is asking Aikman and Joe Buck to call its newly acquired Thursday Night Football package on top of their usual Sunday afternoon game duties. With Buck also calling the MLB playoffs and Word Series this fall, the duo are expected to cherry-pick the best TNF games and let other Fox announcers call some games here and there.
The time may be right for Aikman to use some leverage. During an interview on Matt Mosley and Ed Werder’s Cowboys-focused Doomsday Podcast, he floated the idea of leaving broadcasting to follow in the footsteps of John Elway of the Broncos as an NFL general manager.
Aikman noted he joined Fox directly after retiring from the NFL in 2000. With five Super Bowls and nearly 20 years in the broadcast booth under his belt and his daughters soon heading off to college, he says he finds the idea of running a franchise intriguing.
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Bengals (from Bills) 鈥?Billy Price, C, Ohio State:聽Nice recovery for Price, whose stock as a first rounder was jeopardized when he suffered a pectoral injury while bench pressing at the combine. But he should be an instant upgrade at center (or even guard) after Cincinnati let Russell Bodine go. The offensive line undermined the Bengals throughout 2017 but suddenly looks much more formidable with Price and LT Cordy Glenn, who was obtained via trade in March.聽
Titans (from Chiefs via Bills and Ravens) 鈥斅燫ashaan Evans, LB, Alabama:聽He had six sacks and 13 TFLs in his senior season despite dealing with a nagging groin injury. Improved pass coverage was a personal point of emphasis in 2017, and that will need to continue if he’s to assume the starting role vacated by Avery Williamson. But Evans is rangy and should be a nice addition to an underrated defense.