Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan officially became a member of the media Monday.
Ryan's hiring by ESPN was made official by the network in a press release that indicated he will appear on "Sunday NFL Countdown" in addition to contributing for "SportsCenter," ESPN radio "and more." Ryan's first job assignment will be from the Florida State spring game Saturday.
"Rex is authentic – what you see is what you get, and that will be great for our viewers," Seth Markman, ESPN's senior coordinating producer for NFL studio shows, said in a press release.. "We also look forward to the insight and perspective he will bring to the show as an NFL coach who has worked in the league for two decades."
Ryan, who was fired less than two years into a five-year deal with the Bills, said in the same release "this is going to be a new experience for me and I'm really excited about it. I’ve been a coach for 30 years and I’ve been around football my entire life. I’m passionate about the game – just like the fans are, and I’ve coached in the league for a long time, so that’s the perspective I will bring to ESPN. I’m just going to show up and be myself and have fun with it.”
According to Pro Football Talk, whatever Ryan is paid by ESPN will reduce the amount the Bills still owe him, which is $16.5 million.