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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Peyton Manning

Jim Irsay: Peyton Manning not a candidate for Colts’ GM position

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Peyton Manning won’t be in charge of the Indianapolis Colts’ football operations, at least not yet.

Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Saturday that Manning was not a candidate for the team’s general manager position, but did not rule out the possibility of Manning being involved in the organization in some way.

The Colts probably were never going to hand Manning the GM job with no prior front office experience, no matter how beloved he is in both league and organizational circles. Earlier reports indicated that Irsay wanted him in a different, but still major role, though the owner seemed to downplay that. Either way, it doesn’t sound like anything is happening on that front.

Report: Colts ‘unlikely’ to hire Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning may end up joining an NFL front office at some point in the future, but it doesn’t sound like it will be in 2017.

According to Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com, Manning is “unlikely” to be hired by the Indianapolis Colts.

A report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports on Saturday claimed Jim Irsay is still actively recruiting Manning, but it sounds like the Colts owner is striking out. In addition to not being able to convince Manning to take a job with the team, Irsay has also been unsuccessful in luring his top head coaching target away from the broadcast booth.

Manning is just one year removed from playing, so it’s possible he still wants to enjoy retirement before taking on anything new. It has been said that his ultimate goal is to follow the same career path as John Elway, so Irsay will likely keep trying.

Report: Jim Irsay trying to recruit Peyton Manning to Colts front office

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is clearly unhappy with the state of the organization, and is trying to recruit a franchise legend to help turn it around.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Irsay is still trying to recruit Peyton Manning in a significant front office role, originally in a package deal with Jon Gruden as head coach.

It’s been said in the past that Manning’s ambition is to run a front office, and Irsay seems willing to hand him the keys. Perhaps, however, he feels he isn’t ready yet, or is still enjoying being out of the game. Whatever the case, Irsay seems to be out of luck.

Trevor Siemian recreates famous Peyton Manning photo as part of rehab

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian won’t play Sunday with a foot injury, so he’s stuck hanging around the team facilities and rehabbing the injury.

Naturally, he’s seeking a successful rehab, so to do that, he’s turned to his predecessor for some ideas on how to successfully come back from the setback.

If you’re not familiar, this is indeed a near-perfect recreation of this viral image. Why not try it? Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl in Denver. Siemian wants to do the same. It’s unlikely to be a long-term injury, so might as well try to recapture some of that magic for the stretch run when Siemian returns to action.

Boomer Esiason suggests Patriots should give Peyton Manning a call

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With Jimmy Garoppolo potentially looking at missing multiple games due to a shoulder injury and Tom Brady suspended through Week 4, the New England Patriots are going to have to sign a veteran backup quarterback for at least the next two games.

Boomer Esiason thinks they should reach out to Peyton Manning.

During the “NFL Today” broadcast on CBS Sunday, Esiason and his colleagues were going over the list of available quarterbacks who are either free agents or on other teams’ practice squads.

“I’ve got a name for you, and the guy’s not even on the list,” Esiason said. “He’s busy doing a lot of commercials — Peyton Manning. Why not? That’d be great.”

Esiason was smiling when he said it, so we can’t imagine he was serious. He did, however, mention Manning’s name two or three more times when going over the list.

We all know this would never happen. Even if Manning was interested in coming back to play (and he’s not), he wouldn’t sign with his biggest rival just to start two games before being replaced by Brady. Besides, Manning recently hinted he is considering a new career. Nice thought, Boomer.

H/T The Big Lead

Peyton Manning hints at interest in broadcasting

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Peyton Manning may be retired, but he is not distancing himself from the sport of football.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback attended Thursday’s season opener between his former team, the Broncos, and the Carolina Panthers. He spent a brief portion of the contest in the NBC broadcast booth and provided some analysis along with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.

The retired QB was asked what he’s going to do with himself now that he’s not playing, and Manning seemed to show interest in broadcasting.

“Kind of looking forward to taking a breath, seeing what I miss, seeing what it is that I don’t miss,” Manning said when asked about what he will do.

“It’s pretty nice up here, I gotta tell you,” Manning said in reference to the broadcast booth. “You don’t get hit after you say anything. It’s not a bad gig up here.”

This is Manning’s first time in over two decades that he will be able to enjoy the weekends during the fall instead of worrying about an upcoming game. He said he is looking forward to being a fan and that he’s enjoyed being a dad now that he has more time on his hands.

As for the broadcasting angle, TV networks would love to have him, but the latest word was that Manning had told TV networks no. It’s possible that may change in the future.

Peyton Manning reportedly would not consider return to NFL

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Sorry, folks, but Peyton Manning reportedly has no intention of pulling a Brett Favre.

A source told ProFootballTalk via Zac Jackson that Manning has no interest in returning to the league.

It’s rather surprising that this even had to come up, but after Teddy Bridgewater’s injury on Tuesday, the questions were apparently asked. Manning, however, is not an option for Minnesota as a short-term fix.

In fairness, people do ask about a return a lot, according to Manning’s father. With a high-profile quarterback job opening up so close to the start of the season, those questions probably picked right up again. It’s not happening, though. Manning sounds as finished as it gets, and unlike Favre, he doesn’t seem the type to waver on that decision.