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Author: Jon Kuzma
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After two seasons away from the game we’re finally getting some insight of what’s next for Hall of Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning. There were rumors Manning was going to be a head coach or a broadcaster but now Manning has set his sights on owning an NFL team someday. Manning finished with an impressive $400 million in career earnings and that’s going to get him close to his goal. However the least valued franchise in the league (Buffalo Bills) are still worth an estimated $1.6 billion. Clearly the former Broncos and Colts signal caller will need other investors if he wants to purchase one of the NFL’s 32 franchises but it’s almost guaranteed someone would step up and partner with Manning. The other option is Manning could be a minority owner, bide his time, and then eventually try to gain a majority stake of that organization. One team Manning has his eyes on are the Carolina Panthers. Carolina is currently seeking new ownership after Jerry Richardson (former owner) was investigated due to work place misconduct. Manning is considering a bid for the North Carolina based club and that’s definitely a situation to keep your eye on. Everyone knows it starts at the top and Manning has always been a guy who prepares better than most. Imagine the positive impact Cam Newton would receive having one of the greatest QBs whose every played offering him guidance every single day? That makes it evident that it would be a win-win situation for both sides. The league would also be much better off having Manning back in the fold in some capacity and this isn’t just any role. An NFL owner is such a crucial part of the league’s DNA and Manning has been around the business for decades. Carolina would be so lucky to have The Sheriff overseeing operations and there would a lot of new Panthers fans as well.
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