Peyton Manning isn't interested in TV analyst jobs, but he could be returning to the NFL as a part-time owner.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Manning was approached by Charleston billionaire Ben Navarro about joining his group that is bidding on the Panthers.
The CEO of Sherman Financial Group, Navarro is believed to be the leading bidder for the Panthers at $2.6 billion. He's hoping Manning will become a limited partner in his ownership group.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback declined offers to be the lead analyst for Fox's "Thursday Night Football" and ESPN's "Monday Night Football," claiming he wasn't ready to get in the broadcast booth.
"I don’t want to be a critic at this point," Manning said, via the Restaurant Business Magazine, before joking, "I still do too many commercials."
Manning retired with nearly $400 million in NFL earnings, including endorsements, and reportedly turned down an estimated $10 million per season to work with Fox and ESPN.
Jerry Richardson, 81, announced in December he would sell the team after several allegations of workplace misconduct surfaced. The Panthers are expected to set an NFL record by fetching more than $2 billion after the Bills set the current record in 2014 when they sold for $1.4 billion to the Pegula family.