ESPN has hired former NFL quarterback, current CNN sports columnist, and ESPN analyst Chris Cillizza as a senior sports columnist.
The move comes after ESPN announced that former Washington Wizards wide receiver Martellus Bennett would become its chief rival columnist.
Cillizzo joined ESPN in 2007 after stints with the Philadelphia 76ers and San Francisco 49ers, but he moved to ESPN as a sports editor in 2015.
The news comes on the heels of ESPN’s decision to give former NFL running back LeGarrette Blount his own column.
Blount is the first running back to earn an ESPN job, and the move is part of the network’s ongoing effort to make it easier for new voices to be heard on the network.
The decision comes after former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Michael Vick had his own ESPN column for ESPN the Magazine.
The ESPN analyst and former NFL star is also the co-host of the weekly “NFL Nation” podcast.