Peyton Manning reportedly in Cleveland as Browns front office rumors swirl

FILE - Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning carries his children Mosley and Marshall as the team honored the 2006 Super Bowl winning team during half time of an NFL game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTHR) - The Cleveland Browns could finally be getting their franchise quarterback - in the front office.

WKYC-TV in Cleveland reports Peyton Manning was in town last week as reports surface that the Browns may be ready to shake up their front office. There was no confirmation that Manning met with the Browns organization or team owner Jimmy Haslam.

Manning has a long history with the Haslam family, dating back to his college career at the University of Tennessee, which could make Cleveland a fit for Manning's entry into the front office.

"This would be the perfect team to run right now. The Browns would need his help," said WKYC sports reporter Jim Donovan, who does play-by-play for the Browns radio broadcasts. "If the Browns could land a guy like that...that would be a grand slam."

WKYC cites people close to Manning who believe the former Indianapolis and Denver star wants to get back into football soon. The station writes if Manning is headed to Cleveland to help lead the Browns, the move could happen quickly, with a home game Sunday followed by a trip to play in London, followed by the bye week.

If Manning were to team up with the Browns, Donovan speculates it would be for a high-level position within the front office structure.

"He's Peyton Manning," he said. "He can change plays, he could change games, I think he can could people if he had to do so."

Earlier Monday, Pro Football Talk reported the Browns are "targeting football executives" to build up their football staff, which does not include a general manager. The Browns have declined the report.

Cleveland has won just one game in the past two seasons.