ESPN is looking to add to their Monday Night Football broadcast booth. However, former NFL great and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning will not be among those additions.
According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, Manning has rejected ESPN’s offer.
As Marchand reports:
Manning has declined to be an MNF analyst on multiple occasions, turning down basically every network since he retired from the NFL in 2016.
ESPN and Manning’s broadcast agent, Sandy Montag, declined comment.
Manning has done “Peyton Places” and “Detail” shows for ESPN+. If he had agreed to do MNF and combined it with his current role, Manning conceivably would have been in Tony Romo’s $18 million per year neighborhood.
ESPN had sought to swing a trade with NBC to bring sportscasting legend and former Monday Night Football play-by-play man Al Michaels over from NBC. Though, NBC had no interest in parting with Michaels. It’s unclear how much not having Michaels factored into Manning’s decision.
Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland currently handle broadcast duties on MNF, and it appears that they will for at least a little longer.
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