ESPN has told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch that they’ve reached out to the retired quarterback Peyton Manning about joining Sean McDonough in the MNF Broadcast Booth.
“We like Peyton Manning,” ESPN’s Stephanie Druley told SI.com. “And we would be foolish not to talk him.”
Another former NFL quarterback appears to be the front-runner for the job. Matt Hasslebeck, an analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown, is a legitimate candidate to replace Gruden.
Hasselbeck will be calling the Pro Bowl for ESPN this weekend.
“We are considering Matt, for sure,” Druley said. “I would not consider the Pro Bowl an audition per se. When we hired Matt a few years ago there were other networks that wanted Matt as a game analyst. I expect Matt to be very good this and he will certainly be considered.”