Titans, Browns among front-office landing spots for Peyton Manning
The Titans and Browns will be among two teams pursuing Peyton Manning for a post-career front-office position, should he elect to go that route after retirement.
With the Browns and Titans already preparing for major changes this offseason, both organizations have strong interest in adding Peyton Manning to the fold should he opt to retire this offseason, sources said.
Given the amount of turnover expected around the league, there are likely to be others who would pursue Manning for a team president/football czar role (his old team in Indianapolis possibly among them), but league sources have continued to point to Cleveland and Tennessee in particular as landing spots for the cerebral future Hall of Famer.
Manning has a strong relationship with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam from their ties to the state of Tennessee, and Haslam's interest in having Manning in a management/ownership role are long known (dating back several years to his interest in the Titans at the time). The Titans have already essentially wiped their entire organizational slate clean for 2016 from team president on down in what's likely a precursor to a pursuit of Manning, who has told friends for years how much he might enjoy living in Tennessee after his playing days are over.
Haslam has been conferring with his inner circle about how sweeping to make coaching and front office changes for 2016, and ultimately, as much as he dislikes his well-earned reputation for quickly firing people, the rampant failure of his current regime to either win games (two wins since last Nov. 22) or develop players will likely force his hand to reinvent his structure again. Manning is very attractive to him in a role similar to what John Elway has with the Broncos, and landing Manning would be seen as a coup for any owner.
The Titans have a team president with an expiring contract, a general manager in limbo and only an interim head coach in place, which would allow the organization's next president a chance to essentially rebuild the entire infrastructure of the team, and to do so with a potential franchise quarterback (Marcus Mariota) in place.
Of course, Manning could opt to take time away from football post-retirement. He would be wooed by most any network in a broadcast role, and his allure would certainly not diminish over time. He'll have the leisure and ability to pick his spot and sort through myriad options as he sees fit. Geographically, those who know him well maintain Nashville would hold significantly more sway over him than Cleveland, but it could well be that his opportunities expand far beyond those two franchises who have long coveted having the future Hall of Famer join them in some capacity.
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