While watching Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN, they were discussing Peyton Manning, and who in the NFL would trade their QB to the Colts for Peyton Manning.
The parameters of the trade, would be QB for QB, straight up. No additional picks or compensation.
Contracts were also not considered.
Mike Golic stated that the only teams that would not trade for Manning would be the Saints, Patriots, Chargers, and Steelers.
Again, this is not saying who would have taken Manning from his rookie season. This is saying, TODAY, starting in the 2010 season, at 33 years old, would you trade your starter for Peyton Manning.
Here is a list of the other 31 teams, and which ones would pull the trigger on the deal.
Though the Texans would love to see Peyton Manning not playing for the Colts, Matt Schaub is considerably younger, and growing into a top tier QB in the NFL.
Schaub earned his first Pro Bowl appearance, and won the MVP. He has also built a great tandem with Andre Johnson.
The Texans are in the process of building a great team, and the would not destroy the foundation they have already built.
Texans fans say NO!
Coach Jack Del Rio has already stated that Gerrard is not an elite QB in the NFL. I think Del Rio realizes that keeping Gerrard and allowing Byron Leftwich to leave was the wrong choice.
Gerrard is not a player that is going to lead his team to the Super Bowl.
Jacksonville says YES!
Say what you want about Vince Young, but he has found his home in Tennessee.
Regardless of what you want to think, Young is owner Bud Adams' choice, to the point Jeff Fisher was TOLD to start Young. The Titans had not won a game before, and pushed for the playoffs after.
With Adams making the decision, it is a resounding NO!
The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been built around Big Ben. He is not a "pocket" QB like Manning is, and that is what is needed in the Steel City.
Roethlisberger makes his plays on the run, he is better out of the pocket, and that is a place Peyton Manning does not know a whole lot about.
Manning is a statue in the pocket, and in the blitz happy AFC North, Manning would get killed behind the Steelers line.
Pittsburgh laughs and hangs up the phone without answering the question.
One year ago, I think the Bengals would have said yes. Not today.
Carson Palmer has returned from a shoulder injury, and is playing at the level he did prior to the injury.
Not only that, the Bengals are transitioning to more of a power running game, and that is not what Peyton Manning is all about.
Cincinnati Bengals say NO.
The Baltimore Ravens found their Franchis QB in Joe Flacco.
Is he the QB that Manning is? No. Will he ever be? Probably not.
That does not change the fact that Flacco is perfect for the system that Baltimore is running.
Similar to the Bengals, the Ravens are a power football team, that focuses on the run, and stifles you with defense.
Baltimore says NO.
In this deal, the Browns could give up Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, and who ever else is in this picture to trade for Manning, and would do so without a question.
There is not a team in the NFL that has the QB issues that the Browns have. They don't have anyone that is worthy of even being spoken about in the same sentence as Peyton Manning.
I should not even be talking about them in this slide.
Browns say YES!
Bill Belichick is the kind of GM that likes to wheel and deal. He would listen to the offer, but in the end, it is not going to happen.
What MIGHT happen, Belichick will offer the backup, who ever it is, to the Colts for a second round pick.
If the Colts threw in their second round pick for the next three years, he would probably consider it.
But, reality is, the Patriots would say NO.
Chad Henne showed some promise this year. He kept the Dolphins in a lot of games, but at the same time, he cost them as well.
Reality is, if Miami had a better QB, they possibly could have made the playoffs this year.
Manning is a BIG upgrade over Henne.
Miami says YES.
In the 2009 NFL Draft, the Jets traded up to select Mark Sanchez. They did so believing he was the QB of the future.
Sanchez did not have the greatest rookie season, but he did lead the Jets to the AFC Championship game.
The Jets say NO.
The Buffalo Bills have a lot of questions, and QB is one of the biggest.
Buffalo is in a rebuilding stage, and Peyton Manning would win them more games with the below average cast than Trent Edwards could even think about winning.
With a new head coach, that is all that counts.
The Buffalo Bills say YES.
The San Diego Chargers are becoming what the Colts were: A great regular season team that cannot get over the hump of not being able to win the championship.
It has nothing to do with Rivers.
Rivers is one of the premier young QB's in the game, and San Diego knows what they have.
Chargers say NO.
Kyle Orton was a throw-in when the Broncos traded Jay Cutler to the Bears last year. He had a great first season with the Broncos.
Reality is, Orton at his best season is nowhere near what Manning is at his worst.
Broncos say YES.
This would be the quickest YES in the league.
The Raiders have passed up on some fantastic signal callers in the draft, notably Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco, among others.
If Al Davis has ANY common sense, this would happen without a second thought!
Raiders say YES! YES! YES! THANK YOU! YES!
I think this would be one of the hardest decisions a team would have to make.
Yes, Manning is considerably better than Cassel, but reality is, the Chiefs are building a team the way a team is supposed to be built.
They are not breaking the bank of free agents, and they are building through the draft.
That being said, if they are going to make a change like this one, you would think by the time they are ready to compete, Manning would be ready to retire, and they would have to start over with a rookie.
For that reason, I don't see it happening.
Chiefs say NO.
Tony Romo is Jerry Jones' boy. He seems to love him.
That being said, if Jones had the chance to bring in someone like Manning, he probably would, if for nothing else to sell tickets.
Reality is, the Cowboys would be a lot better with Manning than they are with Romo.
Bringing in Manning would make the Cowboys the best team in the NFC, and I think Jones knows that.
Cowboys say YES.
The Philly fans would probably love it until Manning got there, and the first bad play he made, they would boo him.
With all the headaches the Eagles have with deciding to keep McNabb or trade him, I think they would jump all over this deal.
Eagles say YES.
With Dan Snyder bringing in anyone rated over 80 on Madden, initially, I was thinking YES.
After some thought, with Mike Shanahan in charge now, I am not so sure Manning would fit into his plan. Hear me out on this.
The way Manning takes charge on the field, with changing plays, and telling the punt or field goal team to stay on the sideline when the coach tells them to go in, I don't know how Shannahan would respond to that.
That being said, Manning is so much better than Campbell, I think Shannahan would have to say YES.
When the Giants traded for Eli, they thought they were getting a younger version of Peyton.
Eli has showen that he is not where near the player Peyton is. The Giants know this.
I think the Giants could be close to championship caliber, and Peyton could push them over the top.
Giants say YES.
Last year, the Bears made a big trade for a franchise quarterback.
Because of that, they don't have a lot of draft picks to be able to bring in people to assist Manning with the weapons he needs to be amazing.
I think the Bears would seriously consider it, but in the end, they would keep Cutler to build around.
Bears say NO.
Not knowing if Favre was going to come back is the biggest issue facing the Vikings this offseason.
Reality is, even if he does come back, Manning is evry bit as good as Favre, and he has a few more years before he is retiring.
For that reason, I think the Vikings would do it in a second.
Vikings say YES.
Green Bay is one of the lucky teams to have found a replacement for a legend.
When most teams have a legend like Favre, they struggle for years until they find a replacement.
The Packers lucked out getting Rogers, and they know what they have with him.
To trade Rogers for Manning would be a mistake by the Packers, and they know it.
Packers say NO.
The Lions believe that they drafted their QB of the future with Matthew Stafford. He played decent in his rookie season, and could have a very promising career.
That being said, would they trade the future for today?
My guess would be no, because, like with the Chiefs, by the time they were good enough to compete, Manning would be ready to retire.
Lions say NO.
Nothing to even be discussed here.
The Rams say YES!
Another team that would jump on the chance as soon as the offer came across.
The 49ers decided to take Smith over Aaron Rogers, and it was a mistake. Smith could have been better if he had the chance to sit and learn, instead of being thrown into the fire.
But with the chance to bring in Manning, the 49ers would immediately be contenders in the NFC.
With Matt Leinart taking over for Kurt Warner, the Cardinals are in fear of not being able to make it back to the playoffs for another three decades.
If the Cards had the chance to trade Leinart for Manning, they would jump all over it.
Cardinals say YES.
It is looking like Matt Hasselbeck is considering staying for at least another year.
With all the injury issues he has had over the last couple years, I think the Hawks would jump all over this trade.
Seattle says YES.
Drew Brees just out Manning'd Peyton Manning.
Head to head, Brees out played Manning, all the way around.
I think the Colts would take this trade, but there is NO WAY the Saints would.
Saints say NO!
Similar to the Chiefs and Lions, the Bucs would be better with Manning, but not competitive. By the time they are, Manning would be ready to retire.
Even though there is no question Manning is better than Freeman, I think the Bucs would pass on this trade.
Bucs say NO.
The Panthers made the biggest mistake in the history of their franchise last year when they game Delhomme a new contract with $20 million guaranteed.
If they had the chance to dump him and get a player NEAR the quality of Manning.
The Panthers would say YES before the Colts could even finish the conversation.
After the NIGHTMARE that was the Mike Vick situation, the Falcons lucked into being able to bring Matt Ryan to the Franchise.
Ryan has made the people of Atlanta forget about Mike Vick.
He is young, and growing to be one of the best in the business.
The Falcons would not let their future walk away, and for that the Falcons say NO.
As great as Peyton Manning is, I am going to have to respectfully disagree with Mike Golic.
Manning is a perfect fit for the Colts. There is also no question he will go down in history as one of the best ever.
I really don't think, in today's NFL, that there would be a lot of teams lining up to trade for him.
Tell me fans, do you think I picked your team right?