ESPN is apparently eyeing a major move that would shake up Monday Night Football.
The network will attempt to acquire Al Michaels from NBC Sports for its Monday broadcast, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports.
ESPN also reportedly reached out to Peyton Manning's representatives to see if he'd be interested in becoming an analyst for Monday Night Football following its failed pursuit last year. The goal would be to pair Manning with Michaels in a "dream booth."
The network is preparing to offer Manning between $18 million and $20 million annually, eclipsing the record deal Tony Romo just signed with CBS, sources told Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports.
Before CBS inked Romo for $180 million over 10 years, ESPN had been targeting the ex-Dallas Cowboys passer for its booth.
ESPN is also showing interest in pending free agent Philip Rivers, sources told Marchand, though the quarterback has stated that he intends to continue his playing career.
Disney, which owns ESPN, would like to head into the upcoming NFL rights negotiation process with the top broadcast team in the business. It hopes to add more NFL games and a Super Bowl on ABC/ESPN in the coming years.
Michaels has two years remaining on his contract with NBC, which could simply turn down any offer from ESPN.
Currently, Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland are ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team.