The former head coach has a new gig.
The Rex Ryan era in Buffalo didn’t end the way he wanted after his firing, but the now-former Bills coach has a new job with ESPN, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Mehta says that Ryan and ESPN have agreed to a multi-year deal for him to appear on Sunday NFL Countdown. He will be a “permanent fixture” in the studio.
Ryan joined the show to help break down Super Bowl LI. “Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective,” Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer told Sports Business Daily back in January. “He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”
Ryan is coming off of a pair of AFC East head coaching positions that both resulted in his firing. He took the New York Jets to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010, but followed that up with four seasons with no record better than 8-8. He was fired after the 2014 season.
Buffalo hired him that offseason, and led the Bills to an 8-8 record in 2015, and a 7-8 record in 2016 before being fired a week prior to the end of the season.