ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 07: (L-R) Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak, quarterback Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway, and Denver Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis pose for a picture as Manning announces his retirement from the NFL at the UCHealth Training Center on March 7, 2016 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, who played for both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos in a career which spanned 18 years, is the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and tied for regular season QB wins (186). Manning played his final game last month as the winning quarterback in Super Bowl 50 in which the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, earning Manning his second Super Bowl title. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Report: Peyton Manning has had discussion about NFL return, "ball is all in (his) court"


Before the regular season could even end for the Indianapolis Colts, conversations on a Peyton Manning return to the NFL started to heat up.

Two well-informed media personalities (John Michael Vincent and Bob Kravitz) discussed the possibility of Jim Irsay bringing in Manning to replace general manager Ryan Grigson.

Kravitz followed up on that Sunday:

Former Colt Marlin Jackson had a bit of a different take:


Former NFL coach Jon Gruden has been linked to every major opening, and was included as a possible Colts option should they go in a different direction. Reports out of Bristol detail Gruden isn't going anywhere (right now).

ESPN's Adam Schefter has noted coaches fear "change coming:"