Peyton Manning has been shut down by the Patriots once again.
During Monday night's "ManningCast" on ESPN2, Manning was talking about his conversation with Bills quarterback Josh Allen this week when Eli Manning, obviously knowing where he was steering the conversation, asked his brother whether he also talked to Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.
Manning then revealed that he tried to talk to Jones, but that Patriots vice president of communications Stacey James denied his request.
"Well, I tried to talk to Mac Jones, and he was very respectful," Manning said. "He said, 'Peyton, I want to do it, but can you call our PR director, Stacey? Because he kind of has to oversee all things.' I said, 'No problem.' I called Stacey, very professional, I said, 'Stacey, I'm talking to Coach Belichick, can I talk to Mac Jones?' And I gotta tell you, I appreciate how they're handling Mac Jones. They are trying trying to protect him, give him as few off-the-field distractions as possible, let him concentrate on playing football."
Manning didn't sound too bothered by the denial, as he went on to explain that the Colts and team president Bill Polian handled him similarly when he was a rookie.
"So yes, I did get denied. It was the first quarterback I haven’t talked to, but I appreciate it," Manning said. "Bill Polian, as a rookie with me with the Colts, did the same thing. He didn’t let the marketing department talk to me, the community relations department talk to me. He said, 'Hey, it's all football this first season. Don't bother him.' And I think the Patriots are taking that same approach with Mac Jones and it's paying off, it's working."
Anyways, you can hear from Jones Tuesday afternoon on WEEI when he makes his weekly appearance on Merloni & Fauria.