ESPN Wants Peyton Manning, Al Michaels for Monday Night Football: Report


ESPN is reportedly planning to make a run at landing retired NFL legend Peyton Manning and NBC Sports play-by-play announcer Al Michaels to call Monday Night Football games.

Manning is the network's top choice for its MNF analyst position after missing out on former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. CBS recently re-signed Romo to a 10-year, $180M contract.

Michaels, meanwhile, is under contract with NBC for two more years, per Marchand, and negotiations for a potential move have not yet started. The 75-year-old broadcaster made his mark on Monday Night Football when it was still aired on ABC, and later joined NBC when Monday Night Football transitioned to airing on ESPN in 2006.

ESPN apparently sees pairing Michaels with Manning as a bold move to revive Monday Night Football, which has lost much of its novelty with games played on Sunday and Thursday nights throughout the season. The network is also interested in Chargers great Philip Rivers for the analyst role, says Marchand, though he is a free agent and it's unclear if he'll continue playing.

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