NFL legend Peyton Manning’s name has been thrown around as a possible replacement for Jason Witten on Monday Night Football ever since the tight end decided to unretire and return to the Dallas Cowboys.
According to reports, the chances of that happening are slim to none. Manning has no interest in joining the Monday Night Football crew and has opted to work with ESPN on new series for ESPN+ instead.
Via CBS Sports:
ESPN held out hope that Manning would fill the hole left by Jason Witten’s return to the Cowboys. But barring a miracle, sources said, Manning will not be in the booth when “Monday Night Football” kicks off its historic 50th season, with a Texans-Saints/Broncos-Raiders doubleheader on Sept. 9.
During their last round of talks, Manning passed on joining Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters in the “Monday Night Football” booth. Instead, the two-time Super Bowl champion opted to host ESPN’s new five-part, 30-episode series, “Peyton’s Places,” debuting on ESPN+ in July.
Manning really has no reason to join the Monday Night Football crew. He doesn’t seem to have an interest in broadcasting and would have nothing to gain from doing it.
On the other hand, although highly unlikely, Manning’s reputation could take a hit if he failed miserably like Witten did. Not to mention the fun social media would have with his giant head on tv.
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