Oddsmakers think Peyton Manning is almost certainly going to be Jon Gruden’s replacement on “Monday Night Football.”
Manning is currently even in Bovada’s odds, and the next closest people are Kurt Warner and Louis Riddick at +550. So, it’s not even close.
The former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback is essentially a lock at those odds.
Personally, I think Peyton Manning would be an electric factory in the booth on MNF. He was an awesome NFL quarterback, he’s extremely charismatic, people love him and he is reportedly the most marketable player in the history of the NFL.
Add all that up, and it looks like a winning situation for everybody involved. The only problem here is that ESPN is in a downward spiral, and they might not want to cut the check necessary to get Manning out of retirement. I have no idea what kind of numbers Manning could get, but I would have to imagine it’d be around $8 million.
However, it’d be awesome if ESPN could get this done.