Regarding the Jets’ rumored interest in Peyton Manning, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that there’s “strong skepticism” that he would consider taking this GM job.
Robinson reiterates that Eagles executive Joe Douglas is the “presumed favorite” to be hired by the Jets.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that there are rumors going around in league circles that the Jets may attempt to make a run at hiring Peyton Manning.
Manning worked with Jets HC Adam Gase while they were together with the Broncos and Manning has even offered recommendations to teams to hire Gase as a head coach.
Florio says that Gase “possibly would be one of the few guys who could draw Manning back into football.”
Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson said earlier in the week that he wants a “great strategic thinker” to run the football operation.
“It’s more than a talent-evaluation guy,” Johnson said. “I want a great manager, a communicator, who can collaborate well with the building. I’m convinced we’re going to find that person.”
With this in mind, Florio believes Manning fit these requirements. However, it remains to be seen whether Manning is interested in returning to the NFL and whether he’d be open to joining the Jets.
Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas is reportedly the front-runner to be hired as the Jets’ GM. Other names linked to New York include Lions Director of Player Personnel Lance Newmark, 49ers VP of Player Personnel Adam Peters and Bears assistant director of Player Personnel Champ Kelly.
Reports have said for a few years now that Manning could be looking to return to the NFL in a front office role. He met with the Colts last year, but he hasn’t shown a lot of interest in available jobs up to this point.
We’ll have more regarding the Jets and Manning as the news is available.