Former Buffalo Bills special teams standout Steve Tasker has announced he is done serving as a television analyst and sideline reporter for the NFL on CBS. He told The Buffalo News on Tuesday that CBS did not renew his contract.
Before the 2018 season, Tasker’s role with CBS was changed from analyst to sideline reporter, working with play-by-play man Kevin Harlan and analyst Rich Gannon.
After one year in his role providing in-game insights from the field, Tasker has taken a step back and will just focus on his One Bills Live radio duties with co-host John Murphy. The daily Bills show airs from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on WGR radio and the MSG TV Network.
Tasker, a special teams ace for the Bills from 1987-1997, had worked with CBS Sports for 21 seasons. It wasn’t Tasker’s call to step down.
“They didn’t renew my contract,” Tasker said in a brief telephone interview. “I left on really good terms. My time had just come to an end. They were great. Twenty-one years was a good run.”
A ninth-round draft pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, Tasker appeared in seven Pro Bowls as the league’s best gunner and coverage ace on kickoff and punt returns. Tasker made the Pro Bowl in every season from 1990-95, and still holds the honor of being the only special teams standout to earn MVP of the Pro Bowl (1993).
Tasker joined the Bills Wall of Fame in 2007.