The Jets sent shockwaves through the NFL when they fired GM Mike Maccagnan earlier this week. Could their hire to replace him result in similar shockwaves?
"Rumors are flying" within league circles that the Jets could make a run at Peyton Manning to fill their vacant GM role, reports Mike Florio of PFT, who adds that Manning has "periodically" been connected to open front office positions throughout the NFL.
Hiring the 43-year-old Manning to be the Jets' new GM would certainly be an outside the box move. The legendary QB retired after the 2015 season, and does not have any official front office experience.
While Manning doesn't have any front office experience, this isn't the first time he has been a reported target.
In November of 2017, it was reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam had "strong" and "sincere" interest in hiring Manning to a prominent team president/top executive role.
And as his name has been connected to front office opportunities, Manning has spoken about being open to it.
"I like to listen in on any number of potential chapter two opportunities in my life," he said in July of 2018. "I talked to some TV people and teams on the football side of it. I like listening, and it seems like people are reporting when I'm doing it."
In the wake of what Christopher Johnson claimed wasn't a power struggle between Maccagnan and new head coach/acting GM Adam Gase, the Jets have been connected mostly to current Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas as their potential replacement for Maccagnan.
"He's Gase's guy" a league source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano about Douglas, who was director of college scouting for the Bears in 2015 -- the same season Gase was offensive coordinator with the Bears.
Gang Green has also been linked to former scout and current NFL Network personality Daniel Jeremiah, who is reportedly under consideration for a front office role under whoever the new GM turns out to be.