With Jason Witten opting to return to the NFL rather than spend another year in the ESPN Monday Night Football booth, the Worldwide Leader in Sports is looking for a can't-miss pick as their next color commentator. Based on who the company is trying to recruit for the role, it looks like they could just get it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ESPN is trying to bring NFL legend Peyton Manning to the MNF broadcast booth. Per the report, ESPN's brass recently met with Manning to try to convince him to join the team.
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro and content chief Connor Schell made a trip to Denver on March 11 to meet with Manning, who has been mentioned before for a broadcast role. But it’s unclear whether Manning is interested in pursuing a career as an analyst at this time.
Manning is no stranger to getting in front of the camera, having done a litany of commercials, television appearances, and the Details program on ESPN+.
However, much like Jason Witten, Manning has little-to-no experience on play-by-play or in-game commentary.
Then again, quarterbacks have shown a pretty solid track record for quick transitions into the booth. Phil Simms, Dan Fouts, Boomer Esiason, Kurt Warner, and of course Tony Romo have all made strong second careers doing in-game commentary.
The former Colts and Broncos quarterback has been out of football since retiring after his win over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.