With the Colts announcing the firing of general manager Ryan Grigson on Saturday, it was only a matter of time before the Peyton Manning-to-Indianapolis rumors got fired up again.
Earlier this month, Colts owner Jim Irsay reportedly sought out the former Tennessee quarterback for a role in the front office, although Manning turned it down. Irsay decided to get ahead of the rumor mill Saturday evening by confirming to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Manning will not be in the running to replace Grigson.
Jim Irsay: "Peyton Manning is not in the (GM) mix."
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2017
The 2016 season was Manning’s first since ending his 18-year career following a Super Bowl win with the Broncos at the end of 2015. He spent 14 of those seasons with the Colts, including two Super Bowl appearances and a win in 2006. With the Colts, Manning threw for a franchise record 54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns.
Before that, Manning set school records as the Volunteers’ quarterback from 1994-97, throwing for 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns.