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ESPN willing to 'back up the truck' for Manning on MNF

In the words of one source, ESPN is willing to "back up the truck" for Manning, wanting to make a splash in replacing Jon Gruden as the analyst on "Monday Night Football".

Unfortunately for ESPN and FOX, Manning has made no indication that he's in a hurry to start a broadcasting career anytime soon. The 14-time Pro Bowler has aspirations of becoming an National Football League team president and part-owner, and he's rebuffed several TV broadcast offers since retiring after the 2015 season.

While lead play-by-player Sean McDonough is now in place, ESPN executives have considered a total reboot of their Monday night booth, sources said.

Manning's been approached before about television analyst gigs, including by Fox, but he's been hesitant about jumping in.

The two networks will likely continue in a tug-of-war for Manning's services until the former quarterback accepts a different position (perhaps as an National Football League executive) or until he chooses which television network he prefers.

Manning's ultimate goal is to be like John Elway and have an ownership stake in a team, while running football operations, he has said.

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"It certainly could be a possibility", Manning said. Gus Johnson is a candidate for that role, according to The Post. While Sean McDonough still is the play-by-play man, the network is considering a "total reboot" that would pair Manning with a new partner, according to Marchand, who cites Joe Tessitore, Steve Levy and Dave Pasch as possible internal candidates.

Ultimately, no amount of money may be enough to get Manning to become an on-air analyst.

Prior to last season, FOX reached out to Manning with the idea of either an in-studio or booth job on the table.

Could Peyton Manning be in a broadcast booth this season?

Those jobs are for Phil Simms.

I don't want to remember Peyton like that.

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