FOX Sports set to hire Super Bowl-winning coach, but not as replacement for Troy Aikman

Sean Payton is heading to FOX Sports. But not as a replacement for Troy Aikman.

That’s according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, who reports that the Super Bowl-winning head coach is “in the midst of negotiations” to join FOX as a studio analyst.

Payton would be on “Fox NFL Kickoff,” the network’s Sunday morning show, and contribute to its top pre-game show, “Fox NFL Sunday,” sources say. … Payton is reportedly a regular on “Fox NFL Kickoff,” the 11 a.m. show hosted by Charissa Thompson. On his flagship program, “Fox NFL Sunday,” Jimmy Johnson, 78, doesn’t always appear on the full Sunday slate, which would allow Payton to be on the big set as well.

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According to the report, Payton and FOX have not discussed a game analyst role. FOX is looking to replace Aikman, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who left the network (along with Joe Buck) and moved to ESPN to call Monday Night Football.

FOX has chosen NJ native Kevin Burkhardt to replace Buck. Fellow Garden State native Greg Olsen is in the running to replace Aikman, as is Drew Brees, Payton’s former quarterback on the New Orleans Saints.

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Marchand reports that Payton, 58, has also attracted interest from Amazon Prime, which is the new home for exclusive coverage of Thursday Night Football. Payton became a broadcast free agent in January, when he resigned as head coach of the Saints.

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