Clayton did not reply to a pair of Deadspin’s requests for comment. An ESPN spokesperson declined to comment.
The layoff only affects Clayton’s roles on television and at ESPN.com, per Sporting News. He will continue to broadcast his ESPN radio program, which airs in Seattle, because ESPN radio affiliates are independently owned.
Clayton spent 23 years at ESPN, where he was a senior NFL writer. He had worked as a beat reporter covering the Steelers and then the Seahawks before jumping to ESPN. He was inducted into the writer’s wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Update (1:04 p.m. EDT): Clayton speaks.