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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been told Peyton and Drew Lock had a phone conversation that lasted 90 minutes. The talk was about everything, from what film Peyton would watch in the offseason to when to start throwing to when to try and get the receivers together etc #Broncos
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.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are currently at very different phases of their respective lives, and the New England Patriots quarterback has no problem rubbing that in to his good buddy and longtime rival.
As Brady prepares for yet another NFL season, Manning appears to have settled nicely into retirement. This week, Manning is taking part in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The 8-handicap has hit a few shots that make him look more pro than amateur, including this one:
Despite what the Fore Play caption said, Brady does not believe he could have made a better shot than Manning in that situation. Why? According to TB12, Manning is a better golfer than him right now because “he’s had much more practice these last few years.”
Not true. Peyton is the better golfer right now. He’s had much more practice these past few years. https://t.co/etoGOmd0c0
While Brady and Manning had one of the greatest rivalries in NFL history on the field, they are actually very good friends. The jab Brady took at Manning over the Pro-Am is similar to what Brady said about Peyton in a private email that created some controversy a few years back, and now we see why Manning was never offended. That is apparently the type of relationship the two legends have.
Austin Collie was one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets back when the Indianapolis Colts’ offense was torching the NFL, and Manning apparently held the wide receiver to a high standard from the moment he joined the team.
During the latest episode of his show on DAZN, former Colts punter Pat McAfee recalled a hilarious story in which Manning reamed out Collie for trying to catch a pass with one hand when Collie was a rookie in 2009. McAfee said Manning threw a pass to Collie that was slightly off-target, and Collie reached out with one hand to try to catch the ball but was unable to secure it. Manning was furious.
“(Collie) put his head down and jogged back to the huddle, and before he got like five feet away from the huddle, Peyton Manning just pointed to the sideline and was like, ‘Get out,'” McAfee recalled. “Austin jogs to the sideline and (then-head coach) Jim Caldwell and the offensive coordinator are like, ‘You’re in.’ So Austin turns around to go back on the field, and Peyton just points at the sideline as if he’s a dad. So he’s benched at this point.”
The Colts won the game, and McAfee said he went up to Collie after the win to ask him why he seemed so bummed out. Collie told him, “I was told if I ever try to catch a football with one hand again, I will never be on the field when Peyton Manning is the quarterback.”
“What a savage of an individual Peyton Manning is,” McAfee said. “He basically told this young rookie wide receiver who had a lot of promise, ‘Hey, I don’t need that garbage with you with one hand. Yeah, I might have missed you a little bit — you dive then. You put two hands on that ball.'”
Unfortunately, Collie’s career was cut short by concussions. He finished with 179 catches, 1,908 yards and 16 touchdowns in his five NFL seasons. He played in more than nine games in a season just twice.
Peyton Manning has been highly sought after for a variety of jobs since he retired from playing, and working as a front office executive is one of them. While the future Hall of Famer is not considering that career path at the moment, he sounds like he could be open to it down the road.
TMZ caught up with Manning in Beverly Hills this week, and the first question he was asked is “when are you going to start running a team?” He hesitated at first, but he stopped short of ruling it out.
“I kind of like being a fan. It’s just fun to be a football fan,” Manning said. “I get to go to a lot of games, see the Broncos play, see the Colts play, see the Giants play. I’m kind of enjoying doing that part of it right now, so we’ll see.”
Whatever he decides to do, Manning will find suitors. Even if he has no front office experience, he has been around football long enough and is a big enough influence that numerous teams would love to have him.