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Peyton Manning rejects Fox's offer to announce 'Thursday Night Football' games: report

Having already turned down an opportunity to do 'Monday Night Football' for ESPN, it appears the two-time Super Bowl champion has cooled on announcing games for now.


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Per the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, retired quarterback Peyton Manning has opted out of the running for Fox's new 'Thursday Night Football' programming. 

It was already widely reported that the two-time Super Bowl winner hard already turned down ESPN's 'Monday Night Football' gig. The Sporting News' Michael McCarthy wrote that both ESPN and Fox were willing to make Manning one of the highest paid analysts in media - with estimates upwards of $10 million a year.

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Now that it's over, the frenzied competition for Manning's broadcasting services seems to have been a massive waste of time and energy for all involved. Over the past six weeks or so, both ESPN and Fox have made known their interest in Manning, reportedly offering him $10 million a year. But over that entire time, as we (and plenty of others) speculated on where Manning would best fit, there was one problem: the former quarterback never actually expressed much interest, at least publicly, in becoming a broadcaster.

According to Awful Announcing, Fox and ESPN have their work cut out for them in replacing their analysts. Jon Gruden left ESPN to coach the Oakland Raiders. Fox, who just got the Thursday Night Football package, is looking to make a significant splash with their move - and could consider Brett Favre, who Marchand cited in relation to ESPN as well.

The just-retired Joe Thomas and Carson Palmer, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, Kurt Warner, and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten were mentioned for both Fox and ESPN's openings. Along with those names, a bevy of ESPN personnel - including Randy Moss, Louis Riddick, Matt Hasselbeck - could be considered for Monday Night Football. 

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