Ever since Peyton Manning retired in March 2016, there has been constant speculation that the future ‘Hall of Fame’-r would ultimately return to the NFL in some position.
There are two other choices on the table for the former Broncos and Colts quarterback. And according to Archie Manning, Peyton will almost certainly be returning to football at some point.
Archie was quoted as saying, “Peyton would like to be back in football – in ownership or front office or something.”
It sounds like Peyton could go the John Elway route where he is managing a team and taking the personnel decisions. Or maybe take ownership of a team if he can get an owner ready to sell him a minority stake in a team.
Peyton has already had numerous opportunities to return to the NFL over the past few years with various networks attempting to hire him as an announcer. But so far, he has rejected all the offers.
The reason Peyton has not accepted any NFL job is that he is relishing retirement. And once he has taken an NFL job, he will devote himself at it entirely because that is what Peyton does.
Archie continued saying, “That would kind of separate him and right now he is doing a lot of various things and enjoying doing them. When Peyton played, he was up early and late. Now he is just savoring life.”
Another factor that could be keeping Peyton back from taking an NFL job is the fact that his brother, Eli, is still playing. During an interview at his football camp in June, Peyton confirmed that the Eli factor was one reason why he was not keen on making an NFL return just yet.
With Eli now on the Giants’ bench, there is a very substantial possibility that he could end up retiring after the 2019 season. And if that happens, Peyton might return to the NFL in some capacity in 2020.