It’s safe to rule out Peyton Manning joining the sports broadcasting world in 2016, according to a report from the New York Daily News.
Manning’s camp told network executives he will not take a job in television this fall, sources told the Daily News. The former Broncos quarterback was reportedly considering an opportunity as a color commentator for CBS, but that now looks unlikely. He never seemed interested in a studio role.
This could indicate Manning wants to join an NFL front office. Plenty of clubs would be interested – the Titans seem like a natural fit, given his ties to Tennessee. Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian thinks he could be a general manager right away, which shows the depth of his football knowledge. This is not just another famous player jumping into a front office. Manning may fit the mold of John Elway, who’s proven himself one of the league’s best GMs over the last five years.
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The 40-year-old could also take some time off. He’s surely exhausted after 18 NFL seasons and may feel like he needs to kick back and reflect on everything.
Manning’s competitive, obsessive nature suggests he will find a new passion to which he can dedicate his life. When he will discover it or how long he wants to unwind remains unknown.