An ownership group interested in purchasing the Carolina panthers has contacted future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning about a possible ownership stake in the franchise.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the group is led by billionaire Ben Navarro, the 54-year-old chairman of Sherman Financial Group. Navarro reached out to the two-time Super Bowl winner recently to gauge his interest. Manning, who is reportedly still considering the offer, would become a limited ownership partner should he accept.
Navarro, meanwhile, is said to be the leading contender to buy the club with a bid of $2.6 billion, an amount that would go down as a record for the most a U.S. professional sports franchise has ever sold for.
Manning has had several opportunities to work in or around the NFL since retiring in 2016. He was approached by the Cleveland Browns last fall about a management role and both ESPN and Fox offered him the chance to join their broadcast teams as an analyst for “Monday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football,” respectively.
The 42-year-old remains one of the most sought after pitch men among current and former NFL stars. According to Forbes, Manning retired with $249 million in career earnings and $400 million in total earnings, including endorsements. His corporate partners include Nike, Buick, DirecTV, Gatorade, Nationwide and Papa John’s.