With Jason Witten leaving the media world to return to the Dallas Cowboys — ESPN wants to remove the stench from 2018 that was left in the booth that caused thousands, if not millions of fans to constantly complain about how bad the MNF crew was all year long.
The Worldwide Leader in Sports has their eyes and hopes set on going after future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning for a spot in the “Monday Night Football” booth. They are taking a hands on approach to making this happened to the point that ESPN executives flew out to Denver last week to meet with Manning, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
This wouldn’t be the first time ESPN tried to court Manning as he reportedly turned them down in the wake of Jon Gruden’s NFL return to the Oakland Raiders.
The report goes on to state that it was unclear “whether Manning is interested in pursuing a career as an analyst at this time. He’s done some player breakdowns for the ESPN+ plus show Detail.”
Manning does currently have at least some working relationship with ESPN and has always been comfortable in front of a camera, but it doesn’t seem like he cares to have the commitment of calling games week in and week out as most former players try to do once they hang up their cleats for good.