Denver Broncos: 5 Reasons Why Pursuing Peyton Manning Is a Bad Idea
Peyton Manning might be the best quarterback to ever play the game.
He is capable of leading an offense directly from the line of scrimmage, dissecting defenses, calling plays on the fly and he does it all so seamlessly.
Recent fans have called for Elway and Co. to go after the future Hall of Famer to get his talents in the Mile High City.
Here are my five reasons why I believe that Manning in Denver would be a huge mistake.
1. Way Too Expensive
Peyton Manning with his illustrious career will be demanding top dollar to whoever pursues him. ESPN.com Senior Analyst John Clayton has put the Denver Broncos in the conversation as to a player in the circus to land Manning because of the Broncos' $43.3 million to spend.
However, even though we might have the cap space, there's no way the Broncos will be getting the better end of the deal if they opt to give Manning the money he will require.
I estimate it will take a team $25-$35 million per year with around $50 million guaranteed to get Manning. The Broncos would use up all of their spending cash on someone with a lot of risk associated with him.
The Broncos have lots of cap space, but also are losing at least 10 players to free agency this offseason. High priorities such as Brodrick Bunkley and Daniel Fells will be getting top dollar. Other players to sign include Jason Hunter, Wesley Woodyard, Manny Ramirez and Brian Dawkins (if he returns).
With about 10 players leaving the roster in 2012, the Broncos will have to spend some cash on adding other players to bolster the team's depth.
There are a lot of other holes to worry about with all of the Broncos' extra spending money.
2. Short-Term Fix
One of the encouraging things I've noticed since John Elway was hired as the VP of Football Operations last offseason was that him and GM Brian Xanders has been much more focused on the future and long-term health, instead of relying on short-term "quick fixes" that really don't help the ball club out for years to come.
Hiring Manning for a season or two would make a big splash, but it would only be a short-term fix. And did I mention it would be a very costly, short-term fix. Huge risk, unknown reward.
Who knows how many years Manning has left? It isn't even known whether he has anything left.
A quick fix like adding Manning would be a terrible mistake by the front office.
3. Setback for the Future
Not only would adding Manning be a short-term fix, but it would be a setback for the future. After stringing together 12 straight games as the starting quarterback, Tim Tebow would be back on the bench watching.
Sure, the experience to learn under Manning would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is it really worth it. You would set back Tebow's growth and development at least a season, maybe longer if Manning played for a few years, but Tebow wouldn't be getting what he needs most: experience.
That lack of experience would set back the progress he made last season, taking the team to the playoffs and winning his first-ever playoff game, something the Broncos hadn't done since 2005.
The Broncos need to capitalize on their recent successful 2011 season by helping their starting QB improve in 2012.
4. No Guaranteed Level of Play
After the multiple neck surgeries last season, Peyton Manning is now damaged goods.
There is no way to know how well he will play next season and what kind of hits he could take with his fragile condition. Those huge unknowns was the reason that the Indianapolis Colts had to finally part with their field general.
Those issues remain for any team he ends up on.
The risk for the Broncos is just too high.
5. Not Compatible with John Fox's Offense
Some may argue that a quarterback like Peyton Manning would instantly fit in with any scheme in the NFL.
While they may have a valid point, I believe that if the Broncos had Manning, the John Fox and Mike McCoy offensive scheme would severely under-utilize the mighty talents of Manning.
The Broncos are not a pass-happy offense. They don't throw the ball 30-50 times per game. They operate a conservative, run-first offense that makes few mistakes and puts them in a position to win in the fourth quarter.
If the Broncos had Manning, it would be a huge waste of his vast ability.