The Tennessee Titans are rumored to be moving in on Peyton Manning, with sources saying the team will try to lure the future Hall of Famer back to his college state for his first big post-retirement job.
Manning will reportedly announce his retirement on Monday, leaving the NFL on top after winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. While this won’t become official until Peyton’s announcement on Monday, many around the league are already wishing Manning well in his retirement, and the team has released a statement as well.
Tom Brady pays respect to Peyton Manning. A rivalry for the ages pic.twitter.com/Y9uiAxCCwg— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 6, 2016
“When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team,” Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement, via USA Today. “Peyton was everything that we thought he was and even more — not only for the football team but in the community. I’m very thankful Peyton chose to play for the Denver Broncos, and I congratulate him on his Hall of Fame career.”
Though he’s retiring from playing, there appears to be a strong chance that Peyton Manning isn’t leaving the NFL entirely next year. Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain said Manning would like to take a front office job, following the path of Broncos president John Elway.
Peyton wants to run a front office like Elway. He needs experience. Rams should hire him and let him learn. Or Titans.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 6, 2016
The Tennesee Titans have been rumored to be interested in Peyton Manning for several months, even before the season ended. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported back in November that both the Titans and Cleveland Browns were very interested in luring Manning to a front office post.
“Given the amount of turnover expected around the league, there are likely to be others who would pursue Manning for a team president/football czar role (his old team in Indianapolis possibly among them), but league sources have continued to point to Cleveland and Tennessee in particular as landing spots for the cerebral future Hall of Famer.
“Manning has a strong relationship with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam from their ties to the state of Tennessee, and Haslam’s interest in having Manning in a management/ownership role are long known (dating back several years to his interest in the Titans at the time). The Titans have already essentially wiped their entire organizational slate clean for 2016 from team president on down in what’s likely a precursor to a pursuit of Manning, who has told friends for years how much he might enjoy living in Tennessee after his playing days are over.”
There could be some complications to the plans for Peyton Manning to join a front office in his retirement. For one, he is still dealing with the lingering reports of his alleged sexual harassment incident from the University of Tennessee, and could be facing an investigation for his alleged link to an HGH ring. There were rumors that Manning could face a league investigation akin to what Tom Brady went through last season had he chose to continue playing.
While there are growing rumors that the Tennessee Titans want to lure Peyton Manning into a front office position, there could still be another option for his post-playing days. There is reportedly a lot of interest from television networks who want Manning in the Sunday NFL studio, which could also offer him another year to consider his options for front office jobs.
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