With Jon Gruden leaving the “Monday Night Football” booth to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, a huge role is vacant on ESPN and the network is reportedly swinging for the stars to find a replacement.
According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, ESPN will reach out to retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning to see if he’s willing to call Monday Night Football:
The white whale for all NFL television rightsholders is Peyton Manning, who has not shown any interesting in broadcasting so far. Asked whether the network would reach out to Manning on the remote chance he was interested, Druley said that Manning is aware of ESPN’s interest but nothing beyond that at this time. “We like Peyton Manning,’ Druley said. “And we would be foolish not to talk him.”