Peyton Manning Rumors: Future Hall of Famer is Wise to Consider Houston Texans

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22:  Peyton Manning  #18 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after the final play of the Colts 19-16 victory over the Houston Texans in the NFL at Lucas Oil Stadium at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Should the Indianapolis Colts cut Peyton Manning, the best decision the star quarterback could make would be to join the Houston Texans

Manning will have plenty of options to choose from, but staying in the AFC South so he can stick it to his former team would be perfect.

Plus, the Texans are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, especially if a healthy Manning is on their side.

According to Bob Allen of KTRK in Houston, someone close to Manning says he is "definitely interested in possibly coming to the Texans." 

There's no telling how much truth there is to this, but it's easy to see that the Texans are a great landing spot for Manning. 

Sure, the Texans have a good quarterback in Matt Schaub, but there's no denying that Manning is a huge upgrade over him.

Both Manning and Schaub are coming off of injuries, and even though Manning's was more severe, he's already been cleared to play next season. 

Of course, Manning is likely to be rusty because he hasn't played in so long, but that's a risk just about any team in the NFL would be willing to take. This is Peyton Manning we're talking about. He was elected to 11 Pro Bowls, won four AP NFL MVP awards and a Super Bowl. 

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Peyton Manning #18 of Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Houston Texans  at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Houston never got anywhere with Schaub at the helm, which is why they probably wouldn't think twice about moving him for Manning. 

After all, the Texans made it to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history this past season, and they did it using their third-string quarterback. That's proof that Schaub isn't truly needed. 

The Texans could use Manning for a couple more years and let T.J. Yates learn from him. Yates did a good job on such a short notice, showing that he can be the future franchise quarterback. 

With Andre Johnson and Arian Foster to work with, Manning would have an easy shot at winning. Plus, the Texans' defense is continuing to improve, and other than Houston, the division isn't superbly talented.  

Something else to factor in is that the Texans have the No. 26 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and it wouldn't be surprising if they used it on another playmaking wide receiver such as a Kendall Wright, Mohamed Sanu or Dwight Jones. 

All three of those would be great complements to Johnson, as well as insurance should Johnson get hurt again. 

It's uncertain how much truth there is to this report, but it's certainly worth noting. Houston has to be the ideal place for Manning because it gives him an excellent shot at winning another Super Bowl, and getting to stomp the Colts twice a year is just icing on the cake. 


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