Jets considering Peyton Manning as next general manager, report says
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio insists “rumors are flying within league circles” that the New York Jets may try to hire Peyton Manning as their new general manager.
The Jets fired Mike Maccagnan from the role last week after more than four seasons. The timing caught criticism after Maccagnan spearheaded the team’s high-spending offseason and draft.
Manning, the iconic quarterback and future Hall of Famer, currently works for ESPN on programs that include the film breakdown show “Detail” and an upcoming NFL documentary series. He also continues to pitch products like Nationwide insurance.
Manning recently turned down a “Monday Night Football” broadcast job and, additionally, has never worked in a front office position.
New York CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson told reporters he wants his next GM to be “more than a talent-evaluation guy.”
“I want a great manager, a communicator, who can collaborate well with the building,” Johnson said. “I’m convinced we’re going to find that person.”
It’s unclear if the quarterback will want the job. Manning and the Jets do not have much history together, and what they do share weren’t Manning’s greatest moments. The Jets beat Manning’s Colts 41-0 in a playoff game in the 2002 season and also ended Indianapolis’s run at a perfect 16-0 season in 2009.
The Jets are also considering NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah for the job, according to ESPN, which would seem to copy the Oakland Raiders hiring Mike Mayock from the network to be their GM at the end of 2018.