Arizona Cardinals fans may just get a repeat of a Kurt Warner-esque, late-carrier experience from Peyton Manning. According ESPN, he's been cleared to resume his Hall of Fame career.
The Cardinals are set up nicely to put Manning in a Cardinals jersey.
If the Cardinals were to have a chance at securing Manning, they would have to make some significant moves to clear the salary cap space.
First, draft bust Levi Brown would have to restructure the final year of his contract where he is set to bring in (read: steal) $18 million. He could even be released, although finding decent blocking at the tackle position is a daunting task.
Then, Arizona would need to set its sights on free agent disappointment Kevin Kolb. Kolb is due $7 million in mid-March. The Cardinals could shift that money in Manning's direction if they released Kolb prior to paying him the roster bonus.
With Manning under center, the Cards wouldn't be as pressed to find a talented second wide receiver opposite Larry Fitzgerald. Manning turns average wide receivers (Blair White, Pierre Garcon) into solid No. 2's.
The Cardinals would still have to secure the offensive line to ensure the safety of their new fragile leader. And by conducting a smart draft, Arizona could land two offensive linemen in the first three picks.
Besides, Manning's freakish knowledge of opposing defenses and quick reads and releases will keep him upright and healthy.
Because Kolb was unable to separate himself from backup quarterback John Skelton, and because the latter will cost the Cardinals more than 15 times what the former would, something has to be done at the quarterback position this offseason.
Manning is Arizona's answer.