Peyton Manning has stiff-armed two giants of the sports-broadcasting world.
The former NFL quarterback turned down ESPN’s and FOX’s offers to become lead analyst on “Monday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts, respectively, The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reported Tuesday, citing sources.
The networks were keen to add Manning to their roster, given his legendary career and commercial appeal, with hopes he’d have a bigger impact on the industry than that of ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in his successful debut season in 2017. FOX and ESPN each reportedly offered Manning $10 million per year, but he still declined.
FOX reportedly has no clear “Plan B” following Manning’s rejection, but the likes of Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, retired quarterback Carson Palmer and retired offensive lineman Joe Thomas recently auditioned with the network. Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner also reportedly is under consideration.
Manning retired two years ago, and his next professional move has been subject of intense speculation ever since. Although he’ll likely have broadcasting opportunities in the future, it’s safe to say his first post-football move won’t be to the booth.