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Can Peyton Manning save the Browns?

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07:24 AM ET 02.12 | The Browns could merely hope to land a quarterback with the kind of lasting impact of a Peyton Manning. Over the long haul, they'd be better off with an executive like Peyton Manning. With Jimmy Haslam restructuring the front office to remove the buffer between owner and G.M., a spot has now been created for Manning. ... While Manning will be a star if he chooses to do TV, no network will pay as much as Haslam would to resurrect the Browns, if/when (when) the team is still struggling after Manning's playing career ends. Manning and Haslam have been linked for years, dating back to Peyton's time at the University of Tennessee, where Haslam is a major booster. For years, the theory had been that Haslam would buy the Titans and hire Peyton to run the team.

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February 12, 2014  07:34 AM ET

Peyton will have better things to do with his life!!!!

February 12, 2014  07:47 AM ET

Will Peyton really hook himself up to such a loser and a guy being investigated by the IRS? I think he's got a bit more smarts than that. Haslam is toxic.

February 12, 2014  07:49 AM ET

Sorry, but the Browns are a terrible franchise. They have done almost nothing right in the past decade. Hiring Manning is out of the question, because he won't go there.

February 12, 2014  07:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sorry, but the Browns are a terrible franchise. They have done almost nothing right in the past decade. Hiring Manning is out of the question, because he won't go there.

He's much better off chucking pizza dough around.

February 12, 2014  08:00 AM ET

If I were Peyton and had this choice to make, it would be under the single condition that Jimmy go to his room, close the door and never come out. Ever.

Anything short of that - no deal.

February 12, 2014  08:01 AM ET

But boy, does this give CEO candidates great hope for their future with the team. The whole thing would sound like nothing more than Mary Kay Cabot's imagination, except for the little voice in the back of my mind telling me this franchise is just this stupid.

February 12, 2014  08:07 AM ET

Peyton has not taken THAT many head shots to even consider this.

February 12, 2014  08:14 AM ET

but........but.........I thought that's why they ''hired'' jim brown [back]........??

February 12, 2014  08:17 AM ET

i hope mike Lombardi hurry's back to the NFL-NTWRK = where he belongs...!

February 12, 2014  08:17 AM ET

Burn on, Big River, burn on.

February 12, 2014  08:18 AM ET

brownz = the raiderz of the ''east''.

February 12, 2014  08:19 AM ET

Or maybe Peyton will buy the Browns and hire Jimmy Haslam to keep the potty clean.

February 12, 2014  08:20 AM ET

I can't imagine Manning even putting himself in a position to be a fall guy for a sinking ship. He's too smart to put himself in a position like this.

February 12, 2014  08:21 AM ET

i bet if Haslam throwz in 20 papa-johns = peyton will be there....!!

February 12, 2014  08:24 AM ET
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Or maybe Peyton will buy the Browns and hire Jimmy Haslam to keep the potty clean.

lol,....exactly...!,.....the only way peyton's coming back to an [NFL-team] is as an owner/minority owner = sitting in a {luxury-box} on sunday.....!

February 12, 2014  08:27 AM ET

I'm kind of interested in hearing what Mike Lombardi has to say after the dust has settled.

February 12, 2014  08:31 AM ET
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I'm kind of interested in hearing what Mike Lombardi has to say after the mushroom cloud has dissipated.

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February 12, 2014  08:50 AM ET
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i bet if Haslam throwz in 20 papa-johns = peyton will be there....!!

Papa John's is offering your choice of any 6 toppings for $18.

It's the Peyton Manning Pick-Six special.

 
February 12, 2014  08:52 AM ET
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i hope mike Lombardi hurry's back to the NFL-NTWRK = where he belongs...!

He got the Browns a 1st round pick for Trent Richardson that was impressive

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