Peyton Manning Rumors: Why QB Must Lobby to Join Houston Texans

Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIMarch 13, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 27: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts watches the action during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Another day, another team enters the Manning sweepstakes. 

This time, it wasn't just some other non-playoff contender looking for a drastic turnaround. According to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, the Houston Texans have made an inquiry about Peyton Manning's services.

Maybe cutting Eric Winston to get a little more cap room would be worth it.  

As it stands, Houston is by far the best fit and would put Manning in the best situation to win. With a third-string rookie quarterback, Houston was able to get into the divisional round of the playoffs and come within a muffed punt of getting to the AFC title game. 

With Winston, Houston had the best offensive line in football by a long shot. The Texans blew everyone off the ball and protected as well as anyone. They have arguably the best receiver in the game, a tight end who can get open and a tandem of backs that may be the best in football. 

Oh, and the defense isn't too shabby either. 

What else could you want, Mr. Manning?

Of course, there is the issue that the locker room may not like the idea of just tossing Matt Schaub aside, who has been emerged as a clear leader of the team. Then there is the issue of money. Can the Texans really afford to sign Manning to the kind of money he wants?

Still, if Manning knows what he is best for him, he should at least give the Texans a lot of consideration and do whatever it takes to get a deal done.