Peyton Manning might have played his final game with the Colts on Jan. 8, 2011 against the New York Jets. Since then he's undergone two surgeries on his neck and has watched from the bench as the Colts went from going 10-6 and winning the AFC South title a year ago to being the worst team in the NFL.
Indianapolis currently stands at 1-13 with only two games left. While they're still the front-runner for the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, they could still wind up picking second or even third. In that scenario it is likely that the Colts will address other needs to build a team around Peyton (assuming he's healthy and healed of course).
But if the status quo remains, the Colts will have the chance to draft quarterback Andrew Luck out of Stanford with the No. 1 pick, and will be looking to either trade Manning or possibly even release him.
Manning will likely have some control over where he goes no matter what the circumstances. He will also have plenty of likely suitors willing to take on his contract and accommodate him. Just about every team except New England, Green Bay, Chicago, Houston, San Diego, New York (Giants), Atlanta, New Orleans and Pittsburgh will likely be interested in his services.
I'll look at the 12 best spots for Manning in 2012 in order from least likely to most likely.