The much anticipated Peyton Manning race is coming to a close, as a decision is expected by early this week. All three of the finalists have something unique to offer, along with their own set of pitfalls that could come between them and a contract with perhaps the biggest free agent in NFL history.
Let's step into Peyton's shoes and look at what each team brings to the table, both good and bad.
San Francisco 49ers
As the team that was muffed punt away from a trip to the Super Bowl, the 49ers give Peyton the best chance to win. The have the defense and offensive weapons that could join forces with Peyton's right arm and roll all over the relatively weak NFC West.
As good of a coach as Jim Harbaugh is, his presence may actually be a detriment in the recruitment of Manning. Harbaugh has his own system that is very different from Manning's. Harbaugh's is run-heavy with lots of shifts and motions, while Manning's is pass-heavy with little motion at the line outside of audibles. A clash of philosophies is possible.
Obviously, the Titans' best appeal is that he will be playing just a few hours away from his alma mater and will feel right at home in Nashville. But the Titans are a solid enough team in their own right with some dynamic weapons that could be enough to make a title run with Manning at the Helm.
Who Will Get Manning?
Bud Adams is a bit questionable as an owner with a clear sense of direction, but other than that, the Titans don't have a lot of weaknesses. Perhaps Manning will want to avoid playing in the same division as his old team to avoid any chance at tainting his Colt legacy.
Manning has to be excited at the possibility of playing for his former childhood hero, John Elway. They were the first team to meet with Peyton and have a great fan base.
Simply put, the Broncos are the least talented team in the race. An overrated offensive line and a young receiving corps. is not a recipe for success. They are, however, in a pretty weak division that can balance out their talent deficiency.