Report: Before signing Tony Romo to massive deal, CBS offered job to Peyton Manning

CBS wasn’t only interested in Tony Romo.

Just a few days after multiple outlets reported that the network would be giving Romo a deal worth $180 million over the next 10 years to continue as the network’s lead football analyst, the New York Post reported CBS offered another former quarterback Romo’s job: Peyton Manning.

According to the Post, CBS was so worried about Romo’s eventual salary it made Manning an offer between $10 million to $12 million per year for five or six years. The Post reported that Manning was taking his time in deciding, and with Super Bowl LV being broadcast next year on CBS, the network fully committed to Romo. The Post also reported ESPN's eagerness to hire Romo away from CBS contributed to the network doubling down on Romo.

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Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo became a fan favorite as an NFL analyst on CBS. (Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)

After retiring from the Dallas Cowboys after the 2016 season, CBS hired Romo for the 2017 campaign via a three-year deal worth $10 million, according to the Post. He instantly became a fan-favorite.

Romo, who is 39, played 13 seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Dallas Cowboys.

While Romo was negotiating with CBS, the Post reported that CBS reached out to current Saints quarterback Drew Brees to gauge his interest before Brees decided to announce he would be returning to the field for the 2020 season.

On the heels of Romo re-upping his agreement with CBS, the Sports Business Journal reported that ESPN has reached out to Manning’s representation to see if he’d be interested in taking over as the lead analyst on "Monday Night Football," replacing Booger McFarland.

Manning, 43, has been out of football since after the 2015 season, after a storied 18-year career with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. Manning has been a regular contributor to ESPN with a football-themed documentary series called "Peyton’s Places," but Manning has long been thought to be the most desirable candidate for networks to lure as their lead analyst.

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