Ever since he retired back in 2015, Indianapolis Colts fans have been waiting patiently (for the most part) for former quarterback Peyton Manning to announce his next career move.
Given his previous cameos in the booth and magnetizing personality, everyone figured that Manning would’ve joined one of the major networks as a color analyst by now.
However, six years have passed and the Colts legend still hasn’t committed to a broadcasting gig, which makes you wonder where his interest level is at.
Well, we might know soon enough. According to sports media insider Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Amazon is considering pursuing Manning for its NFL rights package, which will be the new exclusive home of Thursday Night Football.
Marchand understands that Amazon could attempt to woo Manning by offering him a contract similar to what CBS gave Tony Romo (10 years, $180 million) a few years ago.
It feels like Colts legend Peyton Manning doesn’t want to be the next Tony Romo.
"“Sources said Amazon has grappled with the idea of pursuing Manning as its main analyst,” wrote Marchand. “ With Amazon potentially teaming with NBC and hiring Al Michaels as its lead play-by-player, the company could go with a star power combo of Michaels and Manning.“Amazon also could offer Manning “Tony Romo money.” CBS signed Romo to a 10-year, $180 million contract last year.”“To be clear, Amazon is not yet in full pursuit of Manning, and might never be. Amazon is doing a thorough search and, though it could bring in Michaels and “Sunday Night Football” executive producer Fred Gaudelli on board, that is not yet a done deal.”"
Widely pegged as the next Tony Romo, who’s made as seamless of a transition to the broadcast booth as we’ve seen from a former quarterback, Manning doesn’t appear to have that same itch to appear on television every Sunday — or, in this case, Thursday night.
After all, ESPN has been trying to add Manning to its booth for several years now, and he’s rejected every offer thus far. It just seems like the former five-time MVP is content filming State Farm commercials and ESPN+ programs like “Peyton’s Places” and “Details.”
The work Manning does with those programs has just emphasized why he’s so coveted throughout the broadcasting industry, but why should he cave and accept such a high-profile job he might not be interested in just because he’s good at it?
We’d love it if Manning teamed up with Amazon or ESPN as much as the next football fan, and we’re highly disappointed he hasn’t done so yet. At the same time, however, we understand that not every former charismatic QB has to jump in the booth right after retirement.
We still have a gut feeling Manning will end up calling NFL games at some point, but don’t expect him to do so unless it’s under his own terms. After all, matching or eclipsing Romo’s record-setting deal doesn’t appear to be something that piques his interest.