NFL Nation Reporter: Cleveland Browns
Jake Trotter is ESPN’s NFL Nation team reporter focused on the Cleveland Browns. He joined ESPN in 2011 to cover the Oklahoma Sooners. After eight years focused on the Big 12 Conference and college athletics, Trotter moved into his new role in 2019, covering pro football and one of the ascending franchises in the NFL.
In his new assignment, Trotter will provide daily coverage of the Browns for ESPN.com, while making appearances on SportsCenter, ESPN’s NFL shows and ESPN Radio programs. He also continues to be involved in college sports, helping with coverage of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Browns beat was particularly attractive to Trotter, who previously covered franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield and other future Browns players in college. In fact, Trotter documented many of Mayfield’s biggest moments – including his two College Football Playoff games for Oklahoma – and some of his biggest stories focused on Mayfield.
When Trotter became ESPN’s Big 12 college football writer in 2013, the first game he covered was Mayfield’s first career start for Texas Tech as a walk-on true freshman. The following night, Trotter covered TCU vs. LSU, which featured Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, now star wide receivers for the Browns.
Prior to ESPN, Trotter worked at the Austin American-Statesman and The Oklahoman newspapers. His first job out of college was sports editor of the Middletown (Ohio) Journal.
Trotter is a board member of the Football Writers Association of America and he has earned multiple top-3 finishes in FWAA and APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) writing contests.
An Oklahoma City native, Trotter graduated from Washington and Lee (Va.) University with a degree in print journalism. He is active in a variety philanthropic and civic endeavors, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Rotary and Leadership Oklahoma City.