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Longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder rejoins ESPN, two years after company included him in layoffs

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Longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder rejoins ESPN, two years after company included him in layoffs

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Ed Werder was one of the big names involved in ESPN’s mass layoffs two years ago. The company announced Monday he has been brought back to cover Dallas sports for a variety of programs, such as SportsCenter and NFL Live

Despite being laid off, Werder, 59, still had a contract with ESPN that dissuaded him from taking another formal job in the sports media industry. He began a podcast on his own and remained active on Twitter, but he’s officially back with the network now. 

“I am very much looking forward to being back on the team where I feel I most belong,” Werder said in a statement. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and thankful to all the people who have made it a reality. It will be tremendous to again be covering great stories and events with an ESPN press credential.”

Werder is scheduled to report from Cowboys camp in Oxnard, California, beginning this week. He’s covered the team since 1989. The Colorado native joined ESPN in 1998 and stayed there until he was the victim of layoffs in April 2017. 

“We’re excited to bring Ed back in this new role, where he can continue his outstanding work on the NFL and spread his wings in other sports as well,” ESPN executive vice president for event and studio production Norby Williamson said. “To have a journalist with Ed’s experience and storytelling ability join our incredible group of bureau reporters makes us immediately stronger.”

In an interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King, Werder said he believes his return to ESPN signals a journalistic commitment for the company. 

“It says they’re emphasizing good journalism,” Werder told King. “I really feel relieved that we’ve reached a deal, and it’s final, and now it’s just the excitement of doing the job that I know I can do — and justifying the expectations that I have created for myself. I intend to.

“When you were somewhere for 20 years, and you have allies in the building, and you never lost your love of the place, and you have dialog with a lot of people there over time, I hoped there would be an opportunity to return.” 

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