Peyton Manning keeps rebuffing ESPN about joining 'Monday Night Football,' per reports

Alex Reimer
March 21, 2019 - 1:56 pm

ESPN’s dreams of landing Peyton Manning for “Monday Night Football” appear to be slipping away like his arm strength late in his career.

According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, it remains doubtful Manning will join Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland on MNF this season, despite ESPN’s overtures. The WorldWide Leader’s top two executives, including president Jimmy Pitaro, reportedly dined with Manning in Denver last week.

With Jason Witten returning to the Cowboys after his embarrassing stint in the booth, ESPN is aiming big for his replacement. Manning has worked with the network on his ESPN+ show, “Detail.”

Last year, Manning declined the opportunity to work on MNF and also shot down CBS and Fox. Sources close to Manning told Marchand the legendary QB is still trying to figure out whether he wants to get into broadcasting.

Given Manning’s reported trepidation, it might be a blessing in disguise if he passes up ESPN again. Manning will only thrive behind the mic if he puts in the work. It’s apparent Tony Romo devours film on a weekly basis, prior to his call each Sunday.

If ESPN can’t land Manning, Marchand says “Tess and Boog” will likely handle MNF on their own for the season. 

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