Report: Adam Schefter to Leave NFL Network for ESPN
If true, Schefter's loss would hurt the NFL Network a lot more than he would help ESPN. At ESPN, Schefter would join a staff that already has Chris Mortensen, John Clayton, Michael Smith, Len Pasquarelli and at least seven NFL bloggers. But with the NFL Network, Schefter has been the star insider--the network's go-to man on any story requiring intensive reporting, much like Jay Glazer at Fox.
That approach paid off for the NFL in many ways--they got the same reporting credibility out of Schefter that ESPN spent to hire a multitude of reporters, but by putting all their eggs in one basket, they also are left in a much more difficult situation than ESPN would be if any one of their reporters left.
If there is someone at NFL Network who could step up and try to fill Schefter's shoes, it's Steve Wyche, an ex-newspaper reporter who has filled a reporting role for NFL.com and the NFL Network. But for a network that hans't gotten a lot of good news in recent months, losing Schefter would be a big loss.