Peyton Manning: Why Denver Is Manning's Best Option

Nick DeWittAnalyst IMarch 15, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 07:  Peyton Manning attends a press conference announcing Manning's release from the Colts at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on March 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning has been wooed by almost every team in the NFL seeking any kind of quarterback help (except the team that released him). That’s good news for Manning, who’s trying to come back and prove he can still be an effective NFL quarterback after sitting out the 2011 season while he was injured.

Manning has several suitors. Among them are the Denver Broncos, who met with the quarterback and have reportedly begun preliminary contract discussions. While that doesn’t mean that anything is definite and it doesn’t mean that other teams aren’t also following similar procedures, it does mean that the Broncos are serious about bringing the former Colt to the Mile High City.

The Broncos also represent the most viable option for the quarterback.

Manning is looking for a team that he can stay with for awhile. The Broncos do have Tim Tebow already on the roster, but John Elway and the rest of the staff don’t seem to be completely sold on the former first-round pick. He doesn’t have any ties to the current coaching regime either.

That likely means Tebow could become a trade piece for Denver if they bring the former MVP on board.

The Broncos have the ability and need to bring in a receiver as well. Their lack of a star receiver could hurt their stock in the eyes of Manning, but they do have the draft's ability to land someone he’d be happy throwing the ball to.

The Broncos represent a team similar to the Indianapolis Colts of 2010 in many ways (assuming Manning at the helm). There’s a lot of talent on the roster. This is a playoff team from last season and is one of the only ones pursuing Manning.

The defense is very good as well. That means that, unlike with Indianapolis where the Colts had to outscore opponents regularly, Manning would only have to operate an offense that is effective and can score. That has never been a problem during his career regardless of the talent around him.

For the Broncos, this is equally important. They feel that they are better off with someone other than Tim Tebow. Right or wrong, that discomfort hurts the team. Getting a player like Manning addresses the quarterback position for at least a few years.

The Broncos then can accumulate talent around their new quarterback instead of going back and trying to find a new quarterback in this year’s draft without a ton of surefire prospects available.

This one just makes sense.