Rex Ryan to join ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown' team, report says

Ryan, an ardent supporter of President Trump, says his recent remarks that anthem protesters should be fired "are appalling to me."

There was little doubt about Rex Ryan's next career move when the NFL coach-hiring cycle passed without him getting a job, and now the expected has come to fruition.

Ryan has signed on as an analyst for ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown," the New York Daily News reported Friday. The full-time gig comes on the heels of Ryan doing a guest spot on the show for its Super Bowl 51 edition last month.

“Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SportsBusiness Journal at the time. “He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”

Now Ryan will have the opportunity to share his insights into every team in the NFL, and that could make for decent entertainment.

The 54-year-old has spent the past eight seasons as a head coach in the league with the Jets and Bills after serving as an NFL assistant for a decade before that.

The Daily News reports Ryan is getting a multi-year deal with ESPN, so we'll see if he ever finds himself back on a sideline.

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