ESPN, FOX both reportedly interested in hiring Peyton Manning as broadcast analyst

Posted February 17, 2018

Peyton Manning's next job could be in the booth.

Both networks have Manning "atop their list" to be their primetime National Football League game analyst next season, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Friday, citing sources.

The Post reported that ESPN had interest in Manning being the replacement for Jon Gruden on "Monday Night Football", though there weren't any reports that Manning himself was interested.

James Andrew Miller, who co-authored the ESPN oral history Those Guys Have All the Fun, reported in September 2015 that Gruden had been ESPN's highest-paid employee, with an annual salary of $6.5 million.

Ultimately, no amount of money may be enough to get Manning to become an on-air analyst.

The report confirms a widely held belief that Manning would be a top priority for ESPN.

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Multiple TV officials who have spoken to Manning believe that remains his long-term target but that he also has not fully ruled out TV in the interim, according to the Post. He had stopped playing for 12 years at that point.

FOX, meanwhile, wants Manning to be the first analyst on its new "Thursday Night Football" telecast after signing a five-year deal to earn the rights to Thursday night games in January.

Given his charisma and comfort on camera, Manning has always seemed like a potential star in the broadcast booth, but he hasn't always seemed interested in an analyst role.

Over the course of 17 National Football League seasons, Peyton Manning threw for 71,940 yards and 531 touchdowns to just 251 interceptions-mind-boggling numbers that now represent the very target for all quarterbacks during regular season National Football League play.

With that being said, the report does note Manning has never given the full vibe he wants to get into broadcasting.

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