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Are the Jets Interested in Bringing in Peyton Manning to Run the Team?

The clock has yet to strike 48 hours since the Jets made a massive move in the front office with the firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan, but already one huge name is on the teams’ reported wish list.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson is interested in former Colts and Broncos QB Peyton Manning to come in and run the show, helping out new Jets head coach Adam Gase.

Gase and Manning worked with each other in Denver, so it would be somewhat of a reunion.

“It’s more than a talent-evaluation guy,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I want a great manager, a communicator, who can collaborate well with the building. I’m convinced we’re going to find that person.”

Manning definitely would be that person. But it’s unknown whether Manning would be interested in being that person. If he is, it would fulfill a match more than 20 years in the making; in 1997, Manning supposedly would have left Tennessee early if he had an assurance that the Jets would make him the first overall pick in the draft.

Getting Manning also would go a long way toward removing the current stink of dysfunction enveloping the Jets, even if that stink is more than a little overblown.

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