Skip Bayless does not seem to be feeling the heat from his insensitive comments about Dak Prescott anymore.
In fact, it appears as if the Fox Sports talking head is about to cash in on a big payday.
According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, Bayless is “nearing the finish line” on a new contract with Fox Sports.
The deal is not yet finalized, but Bayless is expected to receive a slight raise from his $6 million per year salary.
The news comes in the wake of controversial comments made by the 68-year-old FS1 host on “Undisputed,” when he questioned the leadership of the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for publicly talking about his battle with depression following the death of his brother.
“The quarterback of an NFL team is the ultimate leadership position in sports,” Bayless said to co-host Shannon Sharpe. “You’re commanding a lot of young men and some older men and they’re all looking at you to be their CEO, to be in charge of the team. I don’t have sympathy for him going public with ‘I got depressed.’”
Bayless was reportedly reprimanded by Fox, although to what degree is unknown, but he offered no apology when attempting to clarify his remarks the next day, explaining that it was Prescott’s “pandemic depression” that warranted criticism.
“The only Dak depression I addressed on yesterday’s show was from an interview he taped with Graham Bensinger,” Bayless said. “Dak said that depression hit soon after the pandemic hit, early in the quarantine. I said yesterday that if Dak needed help for pandemic depression, he should’ve sought counseling then. And again, if you are suffering from any form of depression, please seek help.”
Per McCarthy, the controversy led to a major bump in negotiations of his contract, which expires at the end of the month.
There had been whispers that Bayless could leave Fox Sports and reunite with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN, according to McCarthy, but he ultimately wants to stay with FS1 in LA, and the feeling is mutual with Fox executives.