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Reports: Jim Irsay Wants Peyton Manning To Be Colts' Head Of Football

Could Peyton Manning return to the Indianapolis Colts? Owner Jim Irsay would like his former quarterback to return to the franchise.

The Colts retained head coach Chuck Pagano despite constant questions about his future with the franchise, but apparently that was only after owner Jim Irsay went for a Hail Mary.

Earlier today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Irsay made a pass at Jon Gruden to be the team's next head coach.

That isn't the only look high-profile move Irsay looked to make, however. FOX's Jay Glazer confirmed Schefter's report about Gruden, and added to it. The Colts owner is also trying to bring in legendary former Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning to be the head of football.

Manning seems to be enjoying retirement, at least based on the deluge of Papa John's ads NFL fans are subjected to every Sunday, but it is hard to see him staying out of football for much longer. The question is if he wants to be on the sideline, in the front office, or on the mic. A return to the Colts would give Peyton Manning the opportunity to have a similar role with that franchise that John Elway does with the Broncos. As Manning knows, that has worked out quite well for Denver.