Mike Francesa gave one of the first significant hints about his future after his time with WFAN ends next week.
The legendary radio host told Sports Illustrated that he is considering making his NFL picks on Bill Simmons Ringer podcast.
It is no secret that Bill and I like to work together, Francesa said on the podcast. A lot of people want to know where I will go to finish my football picks, which are very popular. A couple of people have asked me to sell them. I said no. Bill has offered me a home to pick them on his podcast, which I am thinking about. The NFL Network has offered me the opportunity to do it. So I will do it somewhere. I dont know where. But I would say the likeliest place is Simmonss podcast because of my relationship with him.
Simmons has been a frequent guest/co-host on Francesas show in recent years after growing up a fan of Mike & the Mad Dog. The former ESPN-er made an appearance at Long Islands Tilles Center for a primetime public goodbye to Francesa, whose final show is Dec. 15. After Chris Russo left the program in 2008, Francesa offered Simmons a permanent spot next to him. The only other person Francesa seriously considered was Ian Eagle.
Its unclear what Francesas long-term plans will be beyond his NFL picks, though he spoke glowingly about Simmons and his own podcast on The Ringers growing network is one possibility that makes sense.
I love working with Simmons and I love how his mind works, Francesa said. As far as someone who just gets sports and culture and is able to enunciate it and to be provocative but also poignant, to me, I think he is the best there is out there.
I dont think they have found the right vehicle for him on television yet and I think that is partially because he should be the two man. He should not be the point guard I have tried to tell him that. But he will find that. I like people who have a good take on things and he has a great take on things.
Francesa told SI that a reunion with Russo at SiriusXM or elsewhere is unlikely. He also said on his show Wednesday that he was not considering joining Barstool Sports.