Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Peyton Manning being pursued for primetime gigs by ESPN, Fox

Peyton Manning being pursued for primetime gigs by ESPN, Fox

According to the New York Post, both FOX and ESPN would like Manning to come work for their network and be their primetime game analyst.

Despite the overwhelming belief that Manning is the flawless color man and perhaps the next generation John Madden, he's been hesitant to make that official plunge. For a frame of reference, Jon Gruden, who left the "MNF" analyst role to become coach of the Raiders, was believed to be the network's highest-paid employee with a salary of more than $6.5 million.

According to a report from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, both ESPN and FOX have Manning at the top of their lists for vacancies they now have with primetime National Football League broadcasting spots.

Should he want to transition to a career in broadcasting, Peyton Manning will have his pick of destinations. Tony Romo was the biggest analyst hire in many, many years for any network, and Manning would eclipse him as far as interest is concerned. ESPN is considering a complete overhaul of MNF and may even look to replace lead announcer Sean McDonough. Joe Tessitore, Steve Levy and Dave Pasch were three names the Post said could be candidates if ESPN makes a change from McDonough. Now that Manning is a free agent once again, he's just as sought after as before, although for an entirely different job opportunity this time around.

Matt Hasselbeck and Peyton Manning are the favorites to take over for Gruden, yet only Hasselbeck is now employed by the Worldwide Leader. One source told Marchand that the idea of working Thursday nights rather than weekend games is one that could appeal to Manning.

According to the Post, a new analyst might not be the only change to the Monday Night Football booth.

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