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."
Will Peyton Manning Choose the Texans if Released by the Colts?
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.
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.
Where Should Peyton Manning Go if Released by the Colts?
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.