Peyton Manning Trade Rumors: 4 Plausible Destinations for the MVP Quarterback

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Peyton Manning Trade Rumors: 4 Plausible Destinations for the MVP Quarterback
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Peyton is not the only one biting his nails

Say it isn’t so Ethel? Sorry, had to borrow that line from Ray Stevens’ song The Streak. That’s one for you old timers. Is it possible though? One of the game's greatest quarterbacks could be traded.

As weird as this sounds, it is not unprecedented.

The most recent case is Brett Favre, and prior to him Joe Montana.  Arguably, these are three Super Bowl-winning QBs who lined up under center to bark out calls, giggled inside at predictable defenses and set more records than we can even recall. 

The offseason, for most teams, always presents challenges. For the Indianapolis Colts, the dubious distinction of owning the overall No. 1 pick has brought us to this point. I am not a diehard Colts fan, although I follow them closely because my son’s football idol is Peyton.

The challenges lie in what happened just a few short weeks ago. Had the Colts won a few more games, this discussion would be moot, but as Brett Favre loves to say, “It is what it is.”  

We can argue all day about loyalty and how Peyton Manning was hugely instrumental in the Colts getting Lucas Oil Stadium built, but football is a business. The Colts are staring down the barrel of $28 million dollars and a quarterback who did not take one snap all year.  

So, let’s get to it.

If a trade does happen, here are a few teams who just might pick up the phone and make a deal. I will not venture into what the teams will pay for him. This article is to look at plausible destinations only.  

Again, let me be clear. I am not proposing what the trade value or compensation should be. I am merely looking at four teams that would be pretty good fits for an aging MVP, first ballot Hall of Famer, All-Pro and Super Bowl winning quarterback.

That’s it, nothing more.

By the way, I am really putting myself out there. My son, a diehard Colts' fan, is giving me the silent treatment for writing this article.

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