In his record-setting career, Peyton Manning has earned a number of labels, including future Hall of Famer, four-time league MVP and Super Bowl champion. He can now lay claim to being the highest-profile free agent in league history as well.
Upon his release from the Indianapolis Colts, about a dozen teams had serious interest in procuring the quarterback’s services. In less than a week, three favorites have emerged: the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.
Manning has been linked to Miami throughout this process, and has already had high profile meetings in Denver and Arizona.
While a sleeper team (perhaps Tennessee?) could be waiting in the wings, it would be a significant surprise if he does not go to one of these three teams.
Here is a look at the factors that make these squads attractive, in addition to what could be stumbling blocks in their attempts to sign Manning.