Peyton Manning Rumors: Arizona Cardinals Hire Peyton Manning's QB Coach

Cedric Hopkins@FieldandCourtContributor IFebruary 8, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts talks with offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen before the kickoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars January 1, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals are doing absolutely nothing to throw water on the red-hot rumors that Peyton Manning will land in Glendale in the coming weeks. Quite the opposite, they are fanning the Manning-to-Arizona flames.

Today, the Cardinals hired Frank Reich as their new wide receivers coach, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter. Reich has been Manning's quarterback coach for the past six years. 

Many will view this as the beginning of Manning's exodus from Indianapolis to Arizona. It certainly has that sort of taste to it.

With Kevin Kolb's $7 million roster bonus coming in a few weeks, the Cardinals may have already decided to let the quarterback walk. Kolb certainly hasn't done enough to warrant receiving the significant bonus.

When a legitimate debate exists between who should be the No. 1 signal-caller, Kolb or John Skelton, and the latter is making a fraction of the former, moves need to be made. 

Moving Manning to the desert would be the right move.

Landing a talent like Manning on the Cardinals' roster would then settle any and all quarterback controversies. Kolb would be out and Manning would take the reins of the offense. John Skelton would then have one of the best mentors in the business.

The Cardinals would also need to take the $18 million that is set to land in Levi Brown's wallet and put it in Manning's bank account. After all, the money would actually be earned if given to Manning. If the Cards pay that exorbitant amount of money to Brown, he should be arrested for grand larceny.

The wide receiver position also needs to be addressed, but if Manning is under center, a lesser talent could be had for a cheaper salary. Manning has a habit of making average talent look superior. 

On the same day that had news sweeping across the NFL that Manning would surely end up with the Washington Redskins, the Cardinals do their part to keep the Peyton rumor train chugging along. 

If that train stops in Glendale, Cardinals fans will be free to deploy their wildest playoff (Super Bowl?) expectations.

And Larry Fitzgerald won't be able to take a smile off his face.