There are a lot of Titans fans out there sitting around waiting for the team to name Peyton Manning as the next president. You hear people call in to sports radio talk shows once a week to bring it up. It is really fun when people call into the Midday 180 on 104.5 and bring it up because Paul Kuharsky rips them a new one.
Albert Breer of The NFL Network and NFL.com talked about the possibility of Manning being a team president in his latest notebook post. He mentions some of the places that Manning could land as an executive. Those spots include Cleveland because of his ties to owner Jimmy Haslam, here in Tennessee because of his ties to the state and his wife's part ownership in the Memphis Grizzlies, and Indianapolis because of his playing career there.
A lot of people look to John Elway as an example that Peyton can follow. Breer does a good job of pointing out that Elway didn't walk right off the field into the front office. He took some time with Denver's arena football team and in lower positions with the Broncos to learn the business side.
Manning would need to follow a similar path. That doesn't mean he won't ever be the president of the Titans, but those of you who are holding out waiting for him to be named the president this February are in for some disappointment.
I think his most likely destination is Cleveland. Those ties with the crooked Haslams run deep. They have probably been paying him since he was a freshman at UT since the mid-90s. (I kid.)
I don't like Peyton at all. Anyone who has read this site for long knows that, but I do think he will make an excellent NFL executive if that's what he wants to do. He is very sharp about football matters, and probably already has a good business foundation because of his involvement in Papa Johns franchises and other things.
Peyton would also be really good on TV. You better believe that ESPN will make a run at him to get him at the worldwide leader.
He is going to have a lot of options in retirement and will probably be successful in whatever he does. There is a part of me that hopes he does end up in the Titans organization because I think he would be an asset down the road.