NFL Network Executive Producer Eric Weinberg told Michael Hiestand of USA Today that the network had picked up an option on Warren Sapp and that he will be returning for another season. Two months ago, Sapp implied that Jeremy Shockey was the Bounty snitch, getting into some hot water. In the aftermath, the NFL Network decided not to fire him, but Greg Bedard reported that Sapp was likely out at NFL Network once his contract expired in August.
Since then, we’ve also learned that Sapp was broke and had filed for bankruptcy. The outspoken Sapp continues to be a lightning rod for controversy, as he also has a book entitled “Sapp Attack” coming out where he throws jabs at several former colleagues. The most notable is in the direction of former quarterback Trent Dilfer, who now works as an analyst for competitor ESPN. ““Dilfer … basically was an interception waiting to happen. There were times we practically pleaded with him, ‘We know you’re not going to score a touchdown, but please, just don’t turn it over.”
Sapp is testament that the only bad publicity is no publicity. He’ll return for yet another year, after an offseason of bad press, to continue to drive the conversation as part of the NFL Network crew.
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