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NFL Rumors: Peyton Manning, Los Angeles, & Browns

Peyton Manning

Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that most people around the league expect Broncos QB Peyton Manning to retire after the 2015 season.

However, Breer mentions that there’s a widely held belief in NFL circles that Manning could well re-emerge as a leading executive in 2016. Of course, there’s expected to be big changes in front offices after the season is out, so there could be a number of teams looking to hire Manning in a similar role to the one John Elway has with the Broncos.

According to Breer, the Browns (ties to owner Jimmy Haslam), Titans (went to the University of Tennessee), Colts (former team) and Saints (from New Orleans) have all come up as speculative options for Manning in the event he’s looking to join a front office.

Los Angeles

Albert Breer reports that while getting a team to Los Angeles remains the NFL’s No. 1 priority, some owners are concerned about allowing a team to bend the relocation guidelines to do so.

Breer mentions that this may have antitrust implications, which could result in teams being free to move without approval from the league in the future. As of now, a franchise needs to prove that their existing market has failed to move the franchise.

Breer adds that it’s worth keeping an eye on what’s happening in St. Louis and San Diego regarding stadium deals, as the Chargers’ home-field advantage isn’t very good to say the least and the Rams are last in the NFL in attendance.

Of course, it’s hard to blame fans for not attending games when their team is openly looking to relocate to a new market.

Browns

According to Albert Breer, a few Browns players including LT Joe Thomas and OLB Paul Kruger drew “serious interest” ahead of the deadline, while other players like OLB Barkevious Mingo did not.

However, no deal was completed before the recent deadline. Source referred to the talks as a “very Cleveland” process, as they weren’t sure who was making the final call in these potential deals.

Browns GM Ray Farmer reportedly had to check in with HC Mike Pettine and president Alec Scheiner regarding a deal involving a “prominent” player.

Cleveland, however, doesn’t see the chain of command as an issue, and still felt as thought the compensation being offered wasn’t what they were looking for in return for their players.

In the end, Breer writes that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam could hire someone in a John Elway-like role next year.