For “Monday Night Football,” ESPN desired a franchise quarterback.
It experienced a 10-year, $140 million offer waiting around for Tony Romo. He re-signed with CBS for $180 million. It designed its annually operate at Peyton Manning. He reported no after yet again.
And it went soon after Drew Brees for his write-up-enjoying legal rights. He went with NBC.
Now, ESPN is closing in on its new MNF staff and it will aspect Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick, resources informed The Submit.
Even though they are not franchise quarterbacks, they are sport professionals, which may possibly be good adequate for ESPN at this late date.
After the failure of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and the Booger Mobile, it is a shift that would make some sense even if it is imperfect. With Disney/ABC/ESPN possessing eyes on a Tremendous Bowl in its up coming agreement, the trio will be in position for some major points.
That mentioned, ABC and company could even now consider to up grade in the long term with the likes of Jim Nantz, Ian Eagle and Kevin Burkhardt opportunity free of charge agents for participate in-by-enjoy obligation. Philip Rivers, 38, could retire just after taking part in his a single-year, $25 million deal with the Colts.
For months, it experienced been regarded ESPN was hunting to Levy as its new play-by-player immediately after its aspiration scenario of a trade for Al Michaels fell via. Levy was No. 3 on ESPN’s college soccer depth chart and his finest skill is hosting. He has been a bridesmaid for some big employment, but now lastly is about to close a person with the time a small additional than a thirty day period out.
The fact that he and Griese have worked alongside one another for a prolonged time is beneficial. They also did a Monday Night time game previous year with Riddick. An additional in addition.
Griese is not as major a name as Romo, Manning and company, but he did participate in in the league. ESPN needs to be reliable — and Griese must carry that.
Riddick will acquire a crack at the MNF booth. He has publicly lobbied for the job for decades. Far more importantly, he has put in the function, doing studio and, much more just lately, college games. He will be well prepared.
We would have long gone with a two-guy booth, simply because it is less complicated. In its previous incarnation, ESPN overcomplicated points with a crew that experienced in no way named an NFL sport. This new group really should be improved than what ESPN experienced.
ESPN considered about Dan Orlovsky. Instead he and Marcus Spears are a great combo that could perk up the daily consideration on “NFL Stay.” On Monday Night, ESPN didn’t want to gamble on Orlovsky, who has experienced a meteoric increase at the community in just two several years.
Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit have been thought of, especially if school football have been to be canceled. They might get the next Monday evening sport in 7 days 1 (Giants vs. Steelers), according to ESPN biographer Jim Miller, who also talked about listening to about the new trio in a tweet on Friday.
But now, Mondays will be Levy, Riddick and Griese. No franchise quarterback, but viewers might not be focusing on them either.
It is not a vintage Monday evening booth, but ESPN wanted to at least obtain a staff that will not drop the video game. This trio might be capable to take care of that.
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