Peyton Manning: 6 Teams That Would Love to Have the 4-Time MVP
Obviously every team other than the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and anyone invested in a young quarterback would love to have Peyton Manning on their team.
The question is which team sounds like a reasonable destination for Peyton? There are some teams with absolutely atrocious quarterback situations. However, it's unlikely that the Colts trade him within their division so don't expect the Jacksonville Jaguars or Tennessee Titans to land Manning anytime soon.
Here are six teams that would love to have Manning's services for a chance to win the Super Bowl.
New York Jets
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Just imagine how scary the New York Jets will look if they add Peyton Manning. While Mark Sanchez is still a developing quarterback, he will never reach Peyton's caliber.
Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and with him, the Jets become instant Super Bowl favorites. Their defense is generally one of the best in the league. Just imagine how impossible this team will be to defeat with an elite quarterback like Manning, and an unstoppable defense.
Maybe with Manning, Rex Ryan's boastful claims will actually come into fruition.
This will also be helpful for the Colts in a strange way. Manning will be going up against Tom Brady twice in a season so if they can beat each other up in their own division, it'll be advantageous for the Colts in terms playoff seeding.
San Francisco 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers came within one game from the Super Bowl this season. They were on the cusp of glory and although Alex Smith improved tremendously this season, much of the blame should fall on him for not winning the NFC Championship.
When a team goes 1-of-13 on third-down situations and is one of the worst teams in the red zone all year, that's on the quarterback.
The defense bailed out Smith and the 49ers won many games despite Smith.
What the 49ers should do is get rid of Smith while his stock value is high and get some solid draft picks in return. Then, they should acquire Peyton Manning.
Like we mentioned in the previous slide, a potent defense paired with Manning makes for an unstoppable team. The 49ers will become Super Bowl favorites with Manning. They play in a weak division filled with games against the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals.
A strong record will give them a couple of home games in the playoffs.
Playoff home games for Manning along with a stingy defense—sounds like a recipe for a Super Bowl.
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The Miami Dolphins have struggled at the quarterback position ever since Dan Marino retired.
In fact, that Marshall and Manning connection might become one of the best deep threats in the league.
Also, with Bush lurking in the flats, defenses can't commit to the deep ball and will always have to keep an eye on Reggie. This will make for a pretty scary offense.
Let's not forget also that the Dolphins improved tremendously on defense last season. They were in plenty of games after their dismal start.
If Manning takes his talents to South Beach, expect the Dolphins to become instant contenders for the AFC East crown.
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A few years ago the Arizona Cardinals brought in a legendary, veteran quarterback to lead the team for a few years.
The Cardinals are in a similar situation now. They have expressed interest in Peyton Manning and by signing him, they would have a potent offense again like they did when they reached the Super Bowl.
The team has one of the most elite wide receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald. He and Peyton will make for a deadly combination that defenses will have a difficult time stopping.
Also, the Cardinals play in the weak NFC West. It'll be easier to win games there and qualify for the playoffs.
Finally, playing in a dome is what Peyton's used to. He'll get that in Glendale.
This also makes the most sense for the Colts because they trade him away from the AFC and will only see him once every four years.
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The Washington Redskins are sick of being in the bottom of the NFC East. Let's face it. They're in a tough division with solid quarterbacks like Mike Vick, Tony Romo and Eli Manning, yet they don't have one of their own.
What the Redskins can do this offseason, though, is acquire Peyton Manning and arguably have the best quarterback in the division.
Things will still be tough for the Redskins. They have a few pieces but the NFC East is not an easy division to claim. They'll be competitive for the first time in a while but facing guys like Romo and Eli twice a year will definitely be a tough task.
Plus, who knows if Peyton is up for playing in the chilly D.C. weather in December and January?
One thing is for sure, though: If Peyton goes to Washington, that Giants-Redskins rivalry will be elevated tenfold.
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The Minnesota Vikings are another team that took a gamble on a veteran legend a few years ago when they signed Brett Favre.
Favre was a lot older than Manning is right now and he was able to lead the team to the NFC Championship.
Like the NFC East, the NFC North is not an easy division to compete in. Manning will have two doses of Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and the Chicago Bears defense every year. Making the playoffs won't be a guarantee.
However, there is no doubt that the Vikings have a better chance to win with Manning over Joe Webb or Christian Ponder.
They can also trade Ponder, who has positive upside, for some draft picks so that they can build the team for the future while making a run for the Super Bowl.
Who knows how explosive the Vikings offense will be with Adrian Peterson in the backfield, too? That's like a Pro Bowl team.
Finally, the dome conditions will be friendly for the world's greatest dome quarterback.