Washington Redskins: Peyton Manning to the Redskins, Michael Lombardi Suggests

Jerrell Jet UnderwoodContributor IIIDecember 8, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - OCTOBER 22:  Quarterback Payton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts points at the line of scrimmage during the NFL game against the Washington Redskins on October 22, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 26-22. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Yesterday evening on “NFL Total Access”, Michael Lombardi made an appearance on the show to discuss Peyton Manning and if it is possible for the Indianapolis Colts to trade him. 

Many suspect that it would be nearly impossible to trade Manning, mostly because of his $28 million option bonus due next year.  Matters became even more interesting on Tuesday when Archie Manning, Peyton’s father, said that he believes Peyton and Andrew Luck do not want to be on the same team with the Colts next season.

Mike Lombardi, a former NFL general manager, believes a trade is possible and the first step would be re-doing Manning’s contract with the trading team. 

However, the $28 million is due around the start of the league’s new year, which allows a small window to get the transaction done.

When asked about a possible landing spot for Manning, Lombardi said that any team without a quarterback would look into the trade.  Lombardi also suspects that the Colts would trade Manning out of the AFC entirely, splitting the candidates in half.

But when he was pressed for a more specific answer he said, “How bout the Washington Redskins? Lot of money, lot of availability.  And oh, by the way, they really need a quarterback badly.”

While this is all just speculation from Lombardi, the question still remains, would the Washington Redskins make a move for Peyton Manning?  They are known for the big splash moves in the offseason, but this would be the tsunami of them all!

One thing is for certain, the Washington Redskins need a quarterback, badly, and they must do something about it this offseason.  Another year without a franchise quarterback will be disastrous for the Mike Shanahan era and will definitely be his last if next year is anything like this year.

In my opinion, too much would have to be given up in order to get Peyton Manning, draft picks, and the substantial decrease in salary cap.  There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Manning will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But in the current state of the Redskins, they need a new, fresh, young quarterback to come in and be the face of the franchise for the next 10 years like Manning was for the Colts.

There is plenty of talent in next year’s draft at the quarterback position and while you can’t expect them to come in and be Peyton Manning immediately, you have to find a quarterback who fits the identity of your team, and the Redskins are still in the process of finding out who they are as a team in general.  

Some people, excluding Mike Shanahan, would call it a rebuilding process. 

Bringing in Peyton Manning sounds like a good idea to those who just watch the game, but those who know the game should agree with me when I say it would be a major setback.

What are your thoughts?


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