As the future of the Denver Broncos' ownership hangs in the balance, Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning could be interested in saving the franchise once again.
Longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen passed away in 2019, setting into motion a family dispute over who would take over the team. Bowlen left power over the organization to a trust in 2014 as he battled Alzheimer’s, counting on a succession plan being made and implemented after his death.
A legal battle between family members from his first and second marriages has seemingly reached a tipping point. With the trust overseeing the Broncos now leaning toward selling, many believe it’s only a matter of time before bidding begins.
Amid a growing sense across the league that Denver’s NFL franchise will be put up for sale, many around the NFL told CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora that Manning has spoken with at least two potential suitors who are interested in the Broncos.
Manning recently became a game analyst for "Monday Night Football" on ESPN2, partnering with his brother Eli Manning, but the legendary quarterback wants to have an even bigger impact on the game, one that involves having major say over an NFL team or being directly involved with league operations.
Widely viewed as one of the brightest football players in NFL history, there is no shortage of people who would be interested in buying a team with Manning.
While Manning spent the majority of his career with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2011), his time with the Broncos (2012-15) forever tied him to the franchise. It’s precisely why he is so interested in pursuing a role with the team if the right partner comes along.
Between the money he made in his NFL career, his media work and the income generated from endorsements and his business investments, Manning has the reputation and financial resources to have significant power in the NFL moving forward.