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You mean that exit door there to my left?
I know, it's not exactly one team, but here is the justification.
Much to the disappointment of many Colts fans, including my son, Peyton Manning's chances of returning to Indianapolis are now less than 50 percent. But the man still wants to play, and I believe if he is healthy, he will play.
The question is, for who?
Manning brings a team at least 10 wins, and that bodes well for a team trying to get to the postseason. I wrote an article about four possible destinations for Manning, and I have since ruled one of those teams out, the Dolphins.
With Joe Philbin as head coach, there will be a push for the Dolphins to bring in Matt Flynn as a free agent.
The teams in the running are:
If they can bring in another wide receiver and add a few players at defensive back, the Redskins with Manning will instantly challenge for the NFC East, and how cool would it be to see the Manning brothers face each other twice a year?
Hang on, hang on, hear me out! This would be a great PR move as well as a wonderful story.
The Broncos fans love Tebow, but there is a reality facing the Broncos, of which they are treading very carefully. Now, if you bring in Manning, arguably one of the top three quarterbacks the last 15 years, you are almost guaranteed a playoff spot in the topsy turvy AFC West.
Tim Tebow would probably gush at the idea of learning behind Manning, and this would ease the Broncos dilemma of what to do with Tebow moving forward, because it would likely allow Tebow to sit for two more years, and they could really evaluate what they have in him.
The Broncos have a strong running game, and with one more legitimate wide receiver and a decent pass catching tight end, the Broncos offense would be dangerous. And, with a stout defense that should improve even more under Jack Del Rio, I would put the Broncos in the top three or four teams in the AFC.
The big question would be Elway's ego. Could he bring in a quarterback who is a first ballot Hall of Fame QB and would take the focus off him?
Some Cardinals fans balked at my idea of Manning going to Arizona, but I spell out in my article the justification for Manning and the Kolb situation.
Manning would have one of the league's top receivers, a decent running game (if Ryan Williams comes back from q season-ending injury he will be a factor) and a defense that improved greatly toward the end of the year.
People have mentioned the 49ers and Manning, but I am not sure the 49ers want to upset that chemistry. I'm not saying Manning would do that, it's just that Harbaugh looks to be in it for the long haul, not some fly-by-night, open window situation.