Longtime Cowboys, NFL reporter Ed Werder is leaving ESPN

One of the most familiar presences in Dallas Cowboys coverage – and the NFL in general – at ESPN is leaving the "World Wide Leader."

Longtime Cowboys reporter Ed Werder announced Thursday his time at ESPN had ended and that he is looking for his next landing spot.

"While this marks the end of my partnership with ESPN, I expect to continue working," Werder said in a message posted on social media, "because as so many studio hosts have proclaimed – and I devoutly believe – 'Ed Werder has more.'"

Werder's contract was expiring and was not renewed.

"His journalistic instincts and relationships have benefitted fans throughout the years," ESPN said in a statement. "We thank Ed for everything he contributed and wish him success in the future."

During his first stint at ESPN, from 1998-2017, Werder, 64, established himself as a leading voice on the Cowboys and league – covering tentpole events such as the Super Bowl or NFL draft. The company let him go as part of a massive talent layoff but brought him back two years later.

In 2017, he was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his work.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ed Werder, longtime NFL reporter, is leaving ESPN