Peyton Manning reportedly could become an even richer man if he decides to make a move into the broadcast booth.
On Wednesday, the Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy reported that both ESPN and FOX Sports are “willing to pay him up to $10 million annually,” if the former Tennessee quarterback and NFL star chooses to begin a career in NFL broadcasting. Reports have swirled for weeks about both networks’ reported interest in Manning, who would provide instant credibility within any broadcast.
McCarthy notes that the possible salary for Manning has risen as the two-time Super Bowl champion “plays hard to get.” McCarthy adds that the reported $10 million-per-year figure is “virtually unheard of for an NFL color analyst.” For reference, former Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden earned $6.5 million per year in 2015 as ESPN’s highest-paid employee, McCarthy notes.
Clearly, Manning’s bank account would grow in a major way if he makes the jump into the booth. But he’s likely doesn’t need the money. He’ll have to take into account quality-of-life considerations as he weighs this decision.
Still, you have to admit it would be fun to see Manning as part of ESPN’s or FOX Sports’ NFL coverage.