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Peyton Manning on future NFL employment: ‘I kind of like being a fan’

Peyton Manning has been a hot commodity in NFL job circles, both on the business side of things as well as in broadcasting, since retiring. While the intense interest in procuring his services has not waned, the legendary quarterback nevertheless insists he’s simply enjoying watching things from the sidelines at this point.

A TMZ Sports camera crew caught up with Manning in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and he made it clear he’s not interested in pursuing any of the myriad employment opportunities available to him.

“I kind of like being a fan,” the future Hall of Famer told us on his way out of Spago in Beverly Hills.

“[I get to] go to a lot of games … see the Broncos play, Colts play, see the Giants play … so I’m kind of enjoying doing that part of it right now but we’ll see.”

As noted, Manning has been targeted by a handful of NFL teams, including reportedly the New York Jets, for front office positions, not to mention networks for broadcasting jobs. Manning has instead opted to be extremely patient while determining his next move.

Manning’s most recent comments about his future — specifically as it relates to possibly running an NFL team one day — amplify what he just said during an appearance on Peter King’s podcast earlier this week.

“I’ve had talks with a few teams, but we never got into any type of negotiation,” Manning said.

“It’s all-in, all encompassing,” Manning added about heading up an NFL team. “At some point, I may say I’m all-in.”

Whatever Manning ultimately elects to do in the world of football, regardless of field, remains to be seen. Either way, don’t expect him to disappear anytime soon.