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Friday, May 29, 2020

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning cracks great joke about brother Eli making a comeback

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Is Eli Manning thinking about playing in the NFL in 2020, after all? Peyton Manning thinks the coronavirus pandemic could nudge his brother in that direction.

Peyton was a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday, and he was asked how his brother is holding up. The future Hall of Famer said Eli has been having a tough time at home like many other parents during the coronavirus outbreak, and Peyton joked that the circumstances are going to nudge Eli back into playing.

“Eli is, ah — breaking news — he’s got four kids at home, homeschooling. He is coming out of retirement to play football this week,” Peyton said. “This is breaking news.”

Patrick then asked Peyton if Eli is even willing to play for the Chargers now.

“Yes, all is forgiven and forgotten,” Peyton said.

Eli, of, course, was drafted by the Chargers and forced his way to the Giants. He clearly didn’t want to play in San Diego, though perhaps he feels differently about Los Angeles. Or, he could just be that desperate to get out of the house.

Peyton also has kids, but he has two compared to Eli’s four. Peyton also recently received a massive offer for a post-retirement gig, but he has turned it down. If Eli’s really itching to stay busy, maybe Peyton could get him a job somewhere.

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning to be part of Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods match?

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Phil Mickelson hinted earlier in the week that he is in the process of trying to put together a rematch with Tiger Woods in order to give sports fans a temporary escape from the coronavirus pandemic, and it turns out the event could be even more star-studded than we initially thought.

According to CNBC’s Jabari Young, the match in the works is actually a two-on-two. The other two golfers expected to join Mickelson and Woods are Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The event being discussed would pit Brady and Mickelson against Manning and Woods. News of Brady and Manning potentially being involved was first reported by Robert Lusetich.

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A person familiar with the negotiations told Young that the event will likely take place in May and benefit charity. While nothing is official, it is not expected to be a pay-per-view event and could take place live on TNT. AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour have been involved in the planning.

Other stars from across the sports landscape could also be involved, as organizers have been in touch with Charles Barkley for off-site commentary.

The match would be held at an undisclosed location, likely to prevent fans from showing up. While the sports world came to a screeching halt last month after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, golf is one of the only sports that can still be played while following social distancing guidelines.

Mickelson beat Tiger in “The Match” back in 2018 with $9 million at stake. The event was supposed to cost $19.99, but technical difficulties resulted in Turner Sports and Bleacher Report having to stream it for free. There were some awesome moments during the round, and it goes without saying that adding Brady and Manning to the event would make it that much more captivating.

Peyton Manning reportedly turns down ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’

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ESPN is looking to add a huge name to its “Monday Night Football” broadcast for next season, but that big hire is not going to be Peyton Manning.

Manning has officially turned down ESPN’s massive offer, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. The former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback is not yet ready to commit to the weekly schedule of the NFL season as an analyst, and it remains unclear if he ever will be.

Manning has now turned down ESPN and other major networks on multiple occasions. While he has done two shows — “Peyton Places” and “Detail” — for ESPN+, working as a broadcaster would involve a much more demanding schedule, and Manning appears to be enjoying retirement with his family.

Marchand previously reported that ESPN’s dream scenario was to lure Al Michaels away from NBC and pair him with Manning. The only way ESPN could hire Michaels would be via a trade with NBC, and it doesn’t sound like the rival network has any interest in a scenario like that.

ESPN made a run at Tony Romo before Romo signed a massive contract extension with CBS, and there were reports that executives at ESPN were prepared to make Manning an unprecedented offer. However, it seems like there is no amount of money that could rope Manning into broadcasting just yet.

Report: ESPN could offer Peyton Manning $20 million

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ESPN is not messing around in its pursuit of an upgrade to the “Monday Night Football” booth.

ESPN made a run at Tony Romo, who ended up re-signing with CBS for a reported $17 million per year. In response, ESPN is said to be dreaming of an Al Michaels/Peyton Manning duo for “Monday Night Football.”

Manning has turned ESPN down twice in the past, but Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy says the network is now prepared to top the Romo deal and offer Manning $18-$20 million.

Manning has an existing relationship with ESPN, hosting “Peyton’s Places” for ESPN+, which could help their efforts to sign him. Manning reportedly had more interest in potentially running or owning a team, but this type of money might persuade him to go into broadcasting.

Not only would Manning likely improve the quality of the MNF telecast, but he would also help bring more credibility for ESPN’s product. That’s a big factor considering ESPN’s contract with the league is ending after 2021, and the network is hoping to position itself for potentially more attractive games, and perhaps a Super Bowl.

Report: CBS tried to hire Peyton Manning before re-signing Tony Romo

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CBS agreed to an eye-popping deal with Tony Romo to remain the lead analyst on its NFL coverage going forward, but it sounds like things could have changed during the middle of negotiations.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, CBS grew concerned about the possible cost of keeping Romo and offered Peyton Manning a deal worth between $10-$12 million per year. Manning was slow to make a decision on the offer, so CBS went back to Romo and him a record salary that could allow him to earn as much as $180 million over ten years.

CBS never wanted to lose Romo, but the network was clearly concerned about the bidding process and sorting things out as quickly as possible. The network will broadcast next year’s Super Bowl and wanted everything settled well in advance of the season.

It’s still not clear if Manning is interested in TV work. He clearly considered the offer, but the famously deliberate Manning did not offer a quick answer, which will do nothing to quiet speculation that it’s not something he really wants to do.

Had Manning taken the CBS offer, Romo would have landed with ESPN. Now, it’s entirely likely that ESPN will be going after Manning instead. This might offer an idea of how much money it will take to get him to even listen.

Report: ESPN likely to target Peyton Manning for ‘Monday Night Football’ role

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ESPN was the other major player in the Tony Romo sweepstakes, but now that their main target has re-signed with CBS, they’ll have to look elsewhere if they want to retool their “Monday Night Football” telecast.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the network is likely to ask Peyton Manning if he would be interested in taking over the “MNF” commentator role. Manning has been listed as a potential analyst option ever since he retired, but he has been reluctant to take the plunge. However, he has a relationship with ESPN through his work for ESPN+, which could make a difference.

Manning has been recruited for “MNF” before, but he turned them down and admitted that he may never go into broadcasting.

Now that his brother Eli has retired, Peyton may be more open to it, and he’d probably have a hard time turning down the money Romo got, too. It may ultimately depend on how desperate ESPN is to get Manning into the fold.

Peyton Manning mentoring Drew Lock, according to ex-teammate

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Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is apparently getting some help from the last man to win a Super Bowl for the franchise.

According to Denver radio host and former NFL wide receiver Brandon Stokley, Peyton Manning had a 90-minute call with Lock about numerous topics relating to the prepwork and decision-making that goes into playing quarterback.

Stokley was a teammate and favorite target of Manning in both Indianapolis and Denver, so it’s fair to say he might know a thing or two about what his former quarterback has been up to.

The Broncos are pretty clearly committed to Lock as their quarterback of the future. With that in mind, it would make a lot of sense for him to link up with Manning, one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks of all-time and someone who still has some ties to the Bronco organization.

Manning has kept a low profile since retiring. He’s mostly focused on being a fan, and has passed up opportunities to get back into the game more publicly. This makes it clear that he’s still paying close attention, and who knows how many people he’s quietly helping behind the scenes.