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Mina Kimes, one of the most popular and versatile NFL analysts, has signed a huge new contract with ESPN that will pay her more than $1.7 million per year

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Kimes, who joined ESPN in 2014 as a senior writer, has become a prominent voice on NFL Live, Around the Horn, Highly Questionable, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, and other shows.

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Kimes also hosts her own podcast, The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny, which is produced by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions. She has a separate deal with Omaha that will push her yearly earnings past $2 million

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Kimes’ new contract ends her free agency, which had attracted interest from other networks. ESPN executives were nervous about losing Kimes, who is widely regarded as one of the best in the business

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Kimes’ role with ESPN will basically stay the same, as she will continue to provide insightful analysis and commentary on NFL Live and other platforms. She will also contribute to ESPN’s coverage of the Super Bowl, the NFL Draft, and other events.

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Kimes’ new deal comes at a time when ESPN has been cutting costs and laying off some of its on-air talent. However, the network has also been investing in its top performers and securing them through its Super Bowl year in 2026-27

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Kimes’ fans and colleagues congratulated her on social media, praising her for her talent, work ethic, and personality. Many also expressed their excitement for her podcast, which features her dog Lenny as a co-host.

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Kimes has not commented publicly on her new contract yet, but she thanked her followers for their support and love on Twitter. She also posted a photo of herself with Lenny, saying that he is “very happy” about the news.