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The Latest On ESPN's Replacement Search For Jon Gruden

Jon Guden addressing the media in front of a Raiders backdrop.

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden speaks during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Here's the latest on ESPN's search for a Jon Gruden replacement.

ESPN has yet to find a replacement for Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football. Here's the latest on the replacement search.

Peyton Manning has been listed by many as the ideal candidate to join the MNF booth. Multiple sportsbooks had the Hall of Fame quarterback as the frontrunner to land the job.

Does he want it, though? Probably not.

ESPN has, however, confirmed interest in Manning. Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reports that the Worldwide Leader has reached out to Manning.

"The white whale for all NFL television rightsholders is Peyton Manning, who has not shown any interesting in broadcasting so far. Asked whether the network would reach out to Manning on the remote chance he was interested, Druley said that Manning is aware of ESPN’s interest but nothing beyond that at this time," SI.com reports.

It would be awesome to see Manning in the booth, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Maybe at some point, but not now.

Another former NFL quarterback, meanwhile, might be the favorite for the job. He already works at ESPN, too.

"Matt Hasselbeck, who will call the Pro Bowl next Sunday for ESPN at 3:00 p.m. ET, is a definitive candidate for Gruden’s job," reports SI.com.

Other potential candidates are ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick and former NFL star Randy Moss. Stay tuned.