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ESPN, FOX pursuing Peyton Manning as prime-time analyst, reports say

Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning watches a video tribute as his number 18 jersey is retired at a halftime ceremony during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Both ESPN and Fox are reportedly pursuing Peyton Manning to be their prime-time game analyst this season.

ESPN's "Monday Night Football" is still looking to replace Jon Gruden after he left the booth to return to the sidelines as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Fox has not announced who will call its new "Thursday Night Football" package.

Manning's decision to possibly enter the TV booth remains an intriguing storyline and he would be the top choice for both networks, sources told the New York Post on Friday.

Manning has been approached multiple times about becoming a TV analyst since he retired after the 2015 season, winning a Super Bowl title with the Denver Broncos in the final game of his 18th NFL season.

Manning has previously said he would consider a job running a team's front office, similar to John Elway in Denver.

Multiple TV officials who have spoken to Manning believe that remains his long-term target but that he also has not fully ruled out TV in the interim, according to the Post.

The newspaper said Manning is the first person Fox wants to talk to about the Thursday night package it recently acquired for a reported $3.3 billion for five years.

On Sunday, Manning is scheduled to drive the pace car at the Daytona 500, which will be televised by Fox.

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