One of the wildest possibilities is with the Dallas Cowboys.
While owner Jerry Jones has remained adamant about keeping franchise QB Tony Romo, watching a legend like Manning walk right past his team may be too much for Jones to bear. He will kick the tires on the veteran, at the very least.
This would be one of the hardest moves to pull off for the Cowboys' leader, but if Jones wants Manning, he will get him.
Via Yahoo!Sports, Dylan Davis wrote about a possible deal for Manning and what it would bring:
I know that the Cowboys are invested in Tony Romo and there is really no feasible way this could happen. Imagine the possibilities though. Imagine Peyton throwing to Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. That's a scary thought. Dallas hasn't had a good QB since Troy Aikman. Peyton Manning could be the one to end the Cowboys Super Bowl drought.
You can actually hear the desperation through his voice. Poor Dallas fans.
As much as the past few seasons have stunk because of Romo, Manning is the answer to all of their problems. By acquiring Manning via free agency, the Cowboys would be free to draft another offensive lineman to protect him or even trade Romo to acquire a Pro Bowl-caliber tackle or guard.
Before people get too excited, though, there are people very close to the team who do not believe this is the right move for the franchise going forward. While many fans are behind this move, Cowboys insider Cedric Golden told the Austin American-Statesman about the downside of the possible signing:
"Besides, Manning is far too risky a proposition for a team whose biggest problem isn't at quarterback. He turns 36 in three weeks, with a reported four neck surgeries over the last 19 months — this from a relatively stationary quarterback who has taken his share of big hits over his career.
"While I fully expect teams like the Jets, Cardinals, Redskins and Dolphins to make a play for Manning — those organizations are in poor quarterback shape and should take the risk — the Cowboys have more pressing needs on the offensive line and in the secondary. To sign an old quarterback who is still waiting for his neck to heal when you already have a guy who can effectively lead the offense would be the height of bad business (Insert Jerry Jones joke here)."
While I can firmly see where Golden is coming from, I think the root of the argument in regards to Manning is whether or not Cowboys fans believe Romo is the quarterback of the future.
More importantly, which QB does Jones think can win him a Super Bowl?
Say what you will about the soon-to-be 36-year-old Manning coming off injuries, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old Romo—who had season-ending shoulder surgery within the past two seasons—is just as fragile, if not more so.
Romo may have had the best year of his career, but his numbers in his best year are still nowhere near where Manning has been. If Manning returns to health and proves to teams that he can go, Jones will at least consider this move.
If Manning heads to Dallas this season, I am calling a Super Bowl for the Cowboys.
How's that for a game-changer?
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