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ESPN, FOX Have Offered TV Contract To Current NFL Player

A view inside ESPN The Party.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)

As media networks look for the next Tony Romo, both ESPN and FOX are reportedly hoping to lure one NFL player from the field. According to a report from Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, both networks are on the hunt for Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.

After both failed to land Peyton Manning - despite numerous attempts - they have now taken aim at Olsen. CBS, who also attempted to land Manning, decided to pass on the chance at inking Olsen to a deal.

The star tight end has not decided whether or not he wants to return to the field, but a career in media seems like a foregone conclusion for Olsen. He's done work for ESPN and FOX Sports in recent years.

Here's more from the report:

Sources said Fox is prepared to put Olsen in the booth, but would likely need to put him on the No. 2 team or perhaps No. 3 to give itself a chance of convincing him not to play.

With ESPN, the potential role is not as clearly defined, though the executive now in charge of the network’s NFL coverage, Lee Fitting, has been in favor of a football analyst who could work both pro and college.

Olsen signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Panthers before the 2018 NFL season.

If he is on the field for the team in 2019, he would earn $3.4 million, according to the report from Marchand.

Any TV deal would likely pale in comparison to the deal he has with the Panthers.