Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Jets’ plans for their GM search do not include Peyton Manning, despite the recent reports and rumors that he could be a serious consideration for them.
“That doesn’t sound like that’s really any consideration other than the fact he actually knows Adam Gase and the two get along well,” Rapoport said. “First of all, why would Peyton take that job? Second of all, it just doesn’t seem to me like that is at all something in the Jets’ plans.”
According to Rapoport, the Jets plan to give whoever they hire as GM full control of the 53-man roster. New York reportedly spent the weekend calling candidates and getting things together for their search.
As of now, the Jets have no put in requests to interview any candidates. Rapoport says that there’s really no reason to rush for the Jets, seeing as they’re the only team looking to hire a GM at this point.
Regarding Manning, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported last week that there are rumors going around in league circles that the Jets may attempt to make a run at hiring Manning.
Manning obviously 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 mentioned that Gase “possibly would be one of the few guys who could draw Manning back into football.”
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.
We’ll have more regarding the Jets and Manning as the news is available.