McDonough out, Tessitore in at 'Monday Night…

McDonough out, Tessitore in at 'Monday Night…

McDonough out, Tessitore in at 'Monday Night…

Coinciding with Deitsch's report, the New York Post's Andrew Marchand followed up with news that ESPN made a decision to stay in-house for McDonough's replacement.

Monday Night Football serves as, without question, the highest-profile series on ESPN.

Manning, who retired following the 2016-17 season after leading the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl victory, is highly sought after to be an on-air personality by many networks, including FOX, who are still in the running for Manning's services.

OK. So why not leave those skills and talents on Monday Night Football?

"Over the past two years, as I watched college football on television, I realized how much I missed it", said McDonough.

Manning has turned down ESPN's offer to call "Monday Night Football" games, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

ESPN has yet to comment on the report - or who could potentially replace McDonough in the aftermath. ESPN announced Friday McDonough will no longer call MNF.

"Sean is so well-respected at ESPN and throughout our industry and we look forward to his return to college football where he will be a signature voice on many of our biggest games, including the College Football Playoff", ESPN vice president Stephanie Druley said in a statement.

ESPN reportedly is putting the full-court press on Peyton Manning to be the color analyst with a compensation package that could reach $10 million annually. He has also called National Football League games for ESPN Radio since 2013.

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