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Former Cowboys QB Troy Aikman rumored to be ESPN’s next MNF lead analyst

According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, it has been reported that Analyst is deep in negotiations with to become the lead analyst on .

If true, Aikman would end his 21-year tenure with FOX Sports and long-time partnership with Joe Buck.

Additionally, Marchand gave details that his contract could be comparable or exceed the number of former Cowboys QB , who signed a 10-year,180 million deal with that made him the highest-paid broadcaster.

Despite the latest , Aikman's name was also tied to Amazon Prime this past month, as they were attempting to make him the lead analyst and partner him up with to create a “dream-team announcing crew.”

During those rumors, Buck, Aikman's longtime broadcasting partner, was asked in a Jan.26 Sports Illustrated media podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina, if he had imagined the thought of Aikman leaving FOX to Amazon, or to any major network.

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Joe Buck and Troy Aikman

“I try not to because it’s been 20 years and I can honestly say, the same hand to the same god, he and I have never had one moment where we have felt like…at least I haven’t, and we talk about it all the time, we’re lucky that we’re good friends,” Buck said.

“And in this business, with as much as there is on the line, at least in our own minds every time you go on, and this business can be kind of backstabby. Everybody’s climbing over one another to make something happen for themselves, he and I just have never played that game. He’s legitimately one of my best friends and I think he would say the same about me.”

Buck would wrap up his response by saying that Aikman knows how he feels, and he respects whatever decision Troy makes.

If Aikman were to take the ESPN gig, the biggest question will be surrounded on who will be his newest partner. There have been rumors surfacing today about FOX Sports wanting to dump a truckload of cash at 's place for the job, but nothing official has been reported on potential candidates to replace Aikman, nor has it been officially confirmed that Aikman has left FOX Sports yet.

Rocky Garza Jr
Rocky Garza Jr
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The best thing that could happen from this is Buck gets bumped down to “B team” and does fewer Cowboys games. I’d much rather listen to Chris Myers/Daryl Johnston, Kevin Burkhardt/Greg Olsen, or Kenny Albert/Jonathan Vilma. Unfortunately, since Buck is a Hall of Famer now, they’ll never demote him.

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I like Greg Olsen. He’s new to the game, may not have the cred, and the network bigwigs may not think he’s ready for prime time. But looks like he has a bright future.

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