Louis Riddick, who is a candidate for the Pittsburgh Steelers general manager position, has signed a contract extension with ESPN to continue to be a part of its NFL coverage, according to a report by the New York Post.
Riddick was a part of ESPN’s top Monday Night Football play-by-play team last season, along with Steve Levy and Brian Griese. ESPN has hired away FOX’s top tandem, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, to be the new top MNF crew for 2022.
But with more Monday night doubleheaders on the horizon, ESPN is keeping the second crew together, for the most part. Griese left to become the San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach. He will be replaced by ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky, the Post reported.
It’s unclear if Riddick’s contract extension with ESPN rules him out from the Steelers general manager position. He was one of 16 individuals to be interviewed as part of the first phase of the process. He has not yet been called back for a second interview, but that phase is ongoing.
Riddick, 52, is a Quakertown, Pa. native that played college football at Pitt before spending seven seasons in the NFL as a safety with the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.
After his playing career, Riddick started in 2001 as a pro scout for the Washington Redskins for four seasons before earning promotion to become director of pro personnel.
He joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008, spending one season as a scout, one season as assistant director of pro personnel and then was promoted to director of pro personnel. He spent four years with the Eagles before joining ESPN.