Peyton Manning as a general manager? Only if he can be the owner, too.
At least, that's the conclusion former teammate Reggie Wayne came to when asked about the possibility of Manning being in an NFL team's front office. Wayne said Manning would be a modern version of Jerry Jones:
Would Peyton Manning want to be an NFL GM? @ReggieWayne_17 sees him as a "new, modern Jerry Jones" pic.twitter.com/3niSJnk3Wm
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Wayne meant Manning would be an owner/general manager, and presumably meant it as a compliment. Wayne also added Manning would do without the extra “media obligations.”
Beyond that? Don't expect Manning to take a GM job:
“Absolutely not,” Wayne said about Manning's desire to take that job. “You think Peyton Manning would give an owner an opportunity to fire him or have a coach backstab him and throw shade? … Peyton would not allow that.
“What I do see him doing is being an owner … somewhere down the line.”
Wayne theorized that Manning could possibly join an ownership group that included other members of his family sometime in the future.
Manning has made hundreds of millions of dollars between his salary and endorsements, and he has rich family members as well, but even then he would also need to find investors to come up with the money, as Wayne seems to realize:
“He has plenty of it, his dad has plenty of it, his brother has plenty of it,” Wayne said. “There would be a lot of people out there who would help supply the money.”
Manning and his wife, Ashley, are part of a minority ownership group of the Memphis Grizzlies, so there is some amount of familiarity with the idea there, too.