According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Ben Navarro, a Panthers ownership hopeful, has reached out to Manning and extended him an offer to join the potential ownership group.
An earlier report had indicated that Manning, who has turned down several high-paying broadcasting jobs, was interested in some sort of ownership or front office role with an National Football League team.
Manning, 42, is said to still be mulling over the offer.
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Manning has been approached about multiple NFL-related opportunities recently. If the reported $2.6 billion figure is correct, it would set a new record for the highest-priced sale of any team, almost doubling the $1.4 billion that the Pegula family paid for the Bills back in 2014.
Earlier this year, Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News reported that Manning was offered a number of lucrative broadcasting jobs, but was interested in an ownership or management role on a team.
The Panthers have been for sale since January after allegations of sexual and racial misconduct by team owner and founder Jerry Richardson were exposed in a Sports Illustrated report. The former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback is also considered one of the most marketable athletes in the country, with more than $150 million in career income from deals with companies such as Papa John's Pizza and Nationwide insurance.
Richardson's son Mark, a former president of the Panthers, has been a public supporter of Navarro's bid. "I personally know Ben and I know what he stands for", Richardson told the Observer.