Tim Ryan, an NFL color-analyst for Fox Sports the past 12 seasons, will leave network television to join 49ers radio play-by-play announcer Ted Robinson in the booth next season, the team announced Wednesday.
The 49ers want their radio duo around the team’s headquarters, and for Eric Davis, who held the position of analyst the past three seasons, it was more than he could handle along with his job working for NFL Network in Los Angeles.
“That job really is going to require more than just calling 20 games,” said Bob Sargent, the 49ers’ director of broadcast partnerships.
Sargent said the team will continue to bulk-up its in-house media this season, which will require Robinson and Ryan to be at the practice facility, located next to Levi’s Stadium, during the week. Ryan, who lives in San Jose, is more capable of fulfilling those obligations.
Both Sargent and Davis, a former 49ers cornerback who appears on “NFL AM” starting at 3 a.m. during the week, described the parting as mutual and amiable.
“It’s all good,” Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle. “What they want from the position is they want their guys on-site. From a logistics standpoint, it’s not feasible (for me). But everything’s good. Loved doing it for three years. ... Nothing but good feelings from both sides.”
Ryan, who played football at USC and for the Chicago Bears, grew up in San Jose and had been handling the television color commentary for the 49ers’ preseason games the past three years. He said his contract as a FOX television commentator had not expired but that he jumped at the chance to join Robinson in the radio booth.
“Not a lot of people leave network television,” he said on KNBR radio. “But to be a part of the 49er family in my backyard, if you will, growing up here in the Bay Area. ... To now be a part of it, going into the new stadium with the quality people that run that organization and a quality football team. I am jacked.”