Peyton Manning is a legend in the state of Tennessee.

And that’s why the latest report about the possibilities for his future will get Vols fans excited about the possibility of a Manning return to the Volunteer State.

While the future Hall of Fame quarterback is injured and the whispers around the league are that his playing career may be winding down, some national NFL writers are speculating on what his next move might be following the Denver Broncos’ 2015 season.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday that he has heard chatter within NFL personnel circles that Peyton Manning could be a candidate to team with former Colts execute Bill Polian to head the front office of the Tennessee Titans.

La Canfora writes why the Titans could be attractive to Polian and Manning, should the quarterback decide to retire following the season:

“The Titans are essentially a blank slate after firing head coach Ken Whisenhunt early in the season, and the Adams family is desperate to make the team more relevant and interesting within the local market. They could also be seeking ways to bolster the franchise ahead of a potential sale. Clearing the deck early makes sense, as Manning — or any new president/GM — would not have to begin his tenure with a flurry of firings.”

It would offer Manning the role of being a face of an NFL franchise, much like the role Hall of Fame QB John Elway serves in with the Denver Broncos.

Most Tennessee fans have envisioned Peyton Manning patrolling the sidelines as a coach at Neyland Stadium, and while this isn’t that, it might be considered a nice consolation prize to have him around with the state’s professional team.

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