As Peyton Manning continues to deliberate his future employment, Manning current employer and its 31 competitors are interested in giving him a job.
Via Michael McCarthy of SportingNews.com, the league-owned NFL Network has said it will contact Manning if/when he retires from playing.
“NFL Network is always interested in former players who are looking to enter the media business when they step away from the game,” NFLN spokesman Alex Riethmiller said in a statement to McCarthy. “Should that be the decision Peyton makes this offseason, I’m sure we’ll reach out to him.”
That disclosure will surely create some frayed nerves for the folks currently at the NFLN main table. Unless the league plans to expand its A list, it will be a zero-sum game — and someone will currently end up with nothing.
FOX, ESPN, and NBC did not comment regarding potential interest in Manning.
It’s not known whether Manning is interested in a TV job, and if so whether he’d prefer studio work or game analysis. If he wants to do games, NFLN won’t be the location; CBS and NBC will be producing the game televised on NFLN Network in 2016 and 2017.