Peyton Manning Rumors: ESPN Reached Out to Former QB for 'MNF' Role

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IMarch 3, 2020

LAWRENCE, KANSAS - JANUARY 25: Former NFL quarterback Payton Manning attends a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 25, 2020 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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A few years ago, Tony Romo and Peyton Manning were both star quarterbacks in the NFL.

Now, they have each transitioned into broadcasting stars.

News surfaced Friday that Romo signed a record-breaking, long-term extension to remain an NFL game analyst for CBS at around $17 million per year. As a result, ESPN has pivoted to target Manning for a role on Monday Night Football:

John Ourand @Ourand_SBJ

Now that Romo has signed with CBS, ESPN already has reached out to Peyton Manning's reps to gauge his interest in "Monday Night Football." SBJ Media is live:🔒https://t.co/vAxsLs7eMP🔒 https://t.co/cEuvvEcVYt

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Friday that Romo's deal "is for significantly more than five years, which means the total value for Romo's contract will well surpass $100 million." It is the largest-ever contract for a sports analyst, surpassing the $8 million per year John Madden earned two-plus decades ago. 

Marchand then reported Monday that CBS had offered Romo's job to Manning.

Manning, a future Hall of Famer who retired in 2016 after helping the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers, already has a relationship with ESPN, as his 30-episode series Peyton's Places streams on ESPN+. 

The network's Monday Night Football broadcast crew last season featured Joe Tessitore at play-by-play with Booger McFarland alongside him in the booth and Lisa Salters as a sideline reporter.