Last month, CBS inked Tony Romo to a 10-year, $140 million deal to stay on with the company and make him the highest paid sports analyst in TV history.
It was a huge blow to ESPN, but they had an alternate plan to nab Peyton Manning for its “Monday Night Football” coverage and give him an even bigger deal that would pay him $18 to $20 million annually to serve as its lead analyst.
On Monday, manning got back to ESPN and turned them down, according to The New York Post.
“Sources say the overriding factor was whether Manning finally wanted to enter the broadcast booth and commit to the weekly schedule in the fall. The answer remains no.
Manning has declined to be an MNF analyst on multiple occasions, turning down basically every network since he retired from the NFL in 2016.”
Manning has done “Peyton Places” and “Detail” shows for ESPN+.
Back to the drawing board for the Worldwide Leader in Sports.