Peyton Manning Won't Be Coming to the NFC South, Thank Goodness

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMarch 7, 2012

Peyton Manning's available, but the NFC South is stocked up.
Peyton Manning's available, but the NFC South is stocked up.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans don't have a lot to be thankful for.

One thing they can be thankful for is that Peyton Manning, now the hottest commodity on the NFL's free-agent market, won't be coming to the NFC South.

That's good news and bad news.

Good news is he won't be picking the Bucs apart.

Bad news is he won't be coming to the NFC South because it's already up to its eyeballs with quality quarterbacks.

New Orleans has Drew Brees. No interest in Manning there, even though its his old hometown.

Atlanta has Matt Ryan. No interest in Manning there.

Carolina has the big guy and No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton. Certainly, Manning wouldn't want to come in as his backup.

Which brings us back to Manning.

Best destinations?


Washington will pay a bundle. If Fat Albert Haynesworth was worth $36 million, then Manning's worth, well, in Daniel Snyder currency, at least four times that, make it $150 million over four years.

Seattle's owner, Paul Allen, is worth $13.5 billion, which makes him about $12 billion richer than the Glazers. He could pay Manning whatever he wants and throw a mega-yacht in as well; he's got three of them.

Miami wants him.

Arizona wants him.

The New York Jets want him.

At least the NFC South doesn't.