Bill Polian: Peyton Manning 'could very quickly' become an NFL GM

Everyone believes Peyton Manning is going to retire after winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos. It would be stunning if he comes back, meaning he's (probably) going to find a new job. 

So what next? Peyton's former boss, the man who drafted him with the Colts, Bill Polian, thinks Manning could slide into a "John Elway-style" role.

“I believe he could very quickly fill the role that John Elway fills with the Broncos,” Polian said on Sirius XM Radio via Coaching Search.com. “The reason I say that is, during our 14 years together in Indianapolis, he would often discuss with me prospects coming out in the draft, SEC players he’d seen, players he’d seen in other parts of the country. He pays close attention to the rosters of the other players in the league, with specific attention to the AFC.

“He knew the strengths and weaknesses of every player on every defense in the AFC and many on offense, because he met them and got to know them at the Pro Bowl and soaked up information. He is a football nerd, as am I. He’s more than prepared to do that job."

You can listen to the full interview below, but it's a logical leap for Manning. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has been reporting for months about the possibility of Peyton joining a front office (the Browns and Titans could be landing spots), including the idea of joining up with Polian himself.

Polian also mentioned giving a "brief tutorial on the league rules and things like the general terms of trades and contract language" to help Manning. Maybe he's helping to set himself up for something like that with this very interview? 

Whatever the case, if Manning retires, he could very well be a hot commodity in the front-office circuit.

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