ESPN Will Talk To Peyton Manning About Replacing Jon Gruden On Monday Night Football

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.”

ESPN is also considering other names including an interesting in-house candidate, Matt Hasselback, who currently works on Sunday Countdown. He is slated to call the Pro Bowl on Saturday for the network.
As for Manning, he has indicated that he has ruled out getting into politics but he hasn’t ruled out joining an NFL team’s front office if the right opportunity presents itself.