Peyton Manning floated as potential General Manager for Jets

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Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning to the Jets? No, the retired legendary quarterback is not playing again, but rumors continue to swirl that the New York Jets are rumored to be making a big push to land Manning as their next General Manager.

Just this past Wednesday, the organization dismissed GM Mike Maccagnan, naming new head coach Adam Gase as their interim.

Manning, who retired in 2015, was reportedly approached by ESPN to fill a role as color analyst for Monday Night Football. That’s not happening but an executive’s position in the NFL may be a fit.

Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson is focusing on the New Orleans native, whom he views as a capable to fill the role of keen strategist and meticulously organized head of a front office.

The move would demonstrate stability within the organization after the surprising move with Maccagnan. The Jets have won 14 games the last three seasons. This season could be a key turning point for the 2018 top pick Sam Darnold, the young quarterback labeled the future of the franchise.

Peyton has a good relationship with Gase, helping him land the job in the Big Apple. Gase was on the Denever Broncos staff during Manning’s days in the Rockies.

If Manning were to accept the challenge, he would join a small fraternity of three former NFL stars who top jobs as front office chiefs without experience. The others are Denver’s John Elway, who took the reigns in 2011, and 49ers GM John Lynch, named to the post in 2017.

It would be a steep hill to climb for the sure-fire first ballot Pro football Hall Of Famer who joins the Lousiana Sports Hall of Fame next month. Does he want to risk tarnishing his sterling reputation? I can’t see it happening. Peyton would have to be convinced the situation is stable and something that could develop in success. It’s his very meticulous nature attracting the Jets that may keep him from taking the job.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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