Peyton Manning Could Return to the NFL Next Year

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    Former Vol and NFL legend Peyton Manning could be returning to the NFL in 2018. Just not as a player.

    Manning retired from the NFL as a player after the 2015 season. He helped the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers in his last game as a professional quarterback. But now Manning has reportedly said he wants to return to the NFL next year, only this time he would be a general manager.

    According to Jay Glazer, an NFL insider on FOX Sports, Manning wants to be back in the NFL next year as a GM. He reportedly mentioned the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, and Tennessee Titans as possible destinations. The information was relayed by Mike Jurecki, co-host of an Arizona-based sports radio show, via Twitter.

    Jurecki would later add that some of the potential teams interested in Manning as a GM could offer him a small percentage of ownership as well.

    Manning has been tied to the Titans before, both as a player and a potential owner. Manning said last year that he was “pretty close” to signing with the Titans when he was a free agent prior to the 2012 season, and he was often speculated to be interested in owning the Titans when they were rumored to be up for sale in 2016. That never happened, however.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.