Report: Peyton Manning Won't Take Jets' General Manager Job

May 20, 2019 - 12:39 pm
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By WFAN.com

Don't get too excited about those Peyton Manning rumors.

Adam Schefter reported Monday on ESPN's "Get Up" that Manning will not be the Jets' next general manager.

On Friday night, Pro Football Talk reported that "(r)umors are flying within league circles that the Jets may make a run at the future Hall of Fame quarterback." But Schefter is shooting down that possibility.

"As great as he would be -- and Peyton Manning would be great at anything he does -- he's not going to take that job," Schefter said. "That's not going to be something that happens. That speculation out there can continue to go on, but it's not practical. It's not realistic.

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"The Jets may have been interested in him. Of course, we know how close (Jets coach Adam) Gase and Peyton Manning are, but he's not going to be the next GM of the New York Jets."

Schefter added that it still appears to be Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas' job to lose. Douglas and Gase worked together with the Chicago Bears in 2015.

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It's easy to connect the dots between Manning and Gase, who is serving as the Jets' interim GM after Mike Maccagnan was surprisingly fired last week. Gase was Manning's offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos from 2013-14, and the 14-time Pro Bowl QB's endorsement played a role in the Jets hiring Gase in January.

Last week, Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said he's looking for "more than a talent-evaulation guy."

“I want a great manager, a communicator, who can collaborate well with the building," he said. "I’m convinced we’re going to find that person.”

Assuming the Jets' interest in Manning was real, it wouldn't be the first time Eli's big brother has passed on the team. In 1997, Gang Green owned the first overall pick in the draft, but Manning elected to stay in college at Tennessee for his senior season. The Jets ended up dealing that pick to the St. Louis Rams.