As Peyton Manning enters his third offseason away from football, it seems like he’s getting closer to making a return to the gridiron.
The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand is reporting that both ESPN and FOX Sports are aggressively pursuing Manning’s services for the upcoming season.
ESPN is hurting after losing longtime analyst Jon Gruden to the Oakland Raiders. Adding Manning, who they are reportedly willing to “back the truck up for,” would go a long way toward replacing Gruden’s talent and knowledge.
Manning could reportedly be a part of a complete overhaul to ESPN’s Monday Night Football franchise, which is looking to rebuild after Gruden’s departure. Play-by-play analyst Sean McDonough is currently in place, but that could change by next fall.
According to Marchand’s report, Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson and Kurt Warner could be candidates to replace Gruden if Manning turns them down.
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