The Colts front office wanted to start anew after a pathetic, passionless 2-14 season in 2011. They already replaced the coaches and the GM, and are about to replace several players starting today. With Andrew Luck likely coming in via the NFL draft, it only makes sense that Manning look elsewhere for a job.
But, given the chance, where should No. 18 choose to go?
There are teams like the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks that have been looking for a savior at quarterback for quite some time, while teams like the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers could be just a star quarterback away from a Super Bowl title.
Is Manning looking for a team where he can rely on the defense after spending the last decade-plus with an underwhelming defense in Indianapolis? Or is he more worried about the offensive line and the skilled position players to ensure not only his safety, but his statistical legacy?
Here are five destinations Manning should consider at the top of his wish list.