USA Today has reported that Jason Witten is ending his stay on ESPN’s Monday Night Football to return to a playing position with The Dallas Cowboys. Witten’s decision has left ESPN in a tough position, needing to fill the same void they worked to fill only one year ago, following the departure of Jon Gruden.
They’ve reportedly started wooing a familiar face, Peyton Manning, with the hope of signing him to a long-term deal.
Reportedly, they are willing to offer Manning more than the $6.5 million a year that Jon Gruden was making when he left, but that may not be enough! Sources are reporting that Manning has no interest in getting into broadcasting at this point. Only time will tell if Manning can be persuaded to change is mind.
Other candidates that are being discussed are Kurt Warner, Jesse Palmer, Matt Hasselbeck and Louis Riddick. However, word has it ESPN may opt to continue without a replacement.