Sports | May 31, 2019 5:00 am

Peyton Manning Shares Why He Rejected “Monday Night Football”

Manning was reportedly offered upwards of $10 million to take the gig

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Former quarterback Peyton Manning. (Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
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Though we don’t know for certain Peyton Manning won’t take the vacant New York Jets general manager job he’s been linked to in recent weeks, we do know he won’t be taking the gig on Monday Night Football he’s reportedly been offered.

This week, while speaking with Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post, the former Bronco and Colt legend revealed why he turned down ESPN’s offer to step into the broadcast booth on MNF. 

“I talked to the Monday Night Football folks,” Manning told O’Halloran. “I enjoyed talking to them. I had a great conversation. It wasn’t the right time this year. Maybe it will never be. I enjoy talking and listening. But I am pretty good, going back to recruiting in high school, and then telling you pretty quickly that I am out or that I am in. I am not trying to lead anybody on. I think college coaches that recruited me appreciated that.”

While he didn’t come out and say it, that answer suggests the 43-year-old quarterback could be open to hopping into the broadcast booth the same way he used to hop into the huddle at some point in the future.

If he does, it’ll be quite lucrative as network execs have reportedly offered Manning upwards of $10 million annually in the hope he’ll replicate the success quarterback-turned-broadcaster Tony Romo has had for CBS.

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