Hall of Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning recently turned down the chance to be in the booth for ESPN’s Monday Night Football team for the second time.
It has been reported that ESPN was going to make Manning the highest paid color commentator in sports with a 5 year 100 million dollar contract. That would have put him over Tony Romo, another former QB the worldwide leader in sports was targeting but lost out on him to CBS. This is the second time Manning has rejected an offer from ESPN. He denied the first offer last year due to not wanting to criticize his brother Eli Manning from the booth. It is not known at this time why he did not accept ESPN’s second offer.
ESPN has been struggling for the past two years trying to revamp their commentary booth after the departure of Jon Gruden to coach the now Las Vegas Raiders.
Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, and Booger McFarland have been at the helms for the past two years however they were not well received by football fans.
ESPN continues to look for a new booth team for the 2020 NFL season. Pat McAfee, former punter of the Indianapolis Colts is a fan favorite to land a role in the booth at this time.