Pro Football Hall of Famer and current FOX lead color analyst Troy Aikman is reportedly close to jumping ship.
According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, Aikman is on the verge of leaving the network to join ESPN as the network’s top analyst on Monday Night Football.
Marchand reports that Aikman’s deal with ESPN will be five years in length, and meet or exceed the compensation of Tony Romo’s CBS contract, which pays him $17.5 million annually.
While the deal is not yet signed, it is close to the finish line.
Aikman joined FOX has a color commentator in 2001, and was quickly elevated to the top announcing crew alongside Joe Buck and Chris Collinsworth the following year.
He has been apart of six Super Bowl broadcasts with the network, and was awarded and Emmy in 2004.
ESPN’s current Monday Night Football crew consists of Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese.
The network is expanding its regular season slate of games from 18 to 25 in the coming years, and will have the rights to Super Bowl 61 in 2027.