ESPN rules Brett Favre out as 'Monday Night Football' analyst

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Brett Favre auditioned to be a “Monday Night Football” analyst. (AP)
Brett Favre auditioned to be a “Monday Night Football” analyst. (AP)

Following an audition for the “Monday Night Football” analyst position left vacant by Jon Gruden, who left to return as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has been ruled out as a candidate, according to New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand.

Details are thin, but Favre’s tryout with ESPN was “not great,” according to the report.

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ESPN has also held auditions for still-active tight ends Jason Witten and Greg Olsen and plans to conduct tryouts with Rex Ryan and Booger McFarland, Marchand reported. Retired NFL players Kurt Warner, Matt Hasselbeck, Louis Riddick and Joe Thomas are also reportedly under consideration.

While ESPN has yet to make official reports that Joe Tessitore will replace broadcaster Sean McDonough in the “Monday Night Football” booth, the former college football and boxing play-by-play announcer has been part of the auditions. ESPN has reportedly not ruled out a three-man booth.

Gruden reportedly made $6.5 million annually to call games with McDonough.

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