Sources: Peyton Manning Likely to Be Redskin If Released by Colts

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 11:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning's future with the Indianapolis Colts is very likely coming to a close in the coming weeks. The debate as to where he fits best has been raging since early this season.

Now, according to Howard Eskin of an NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, the Redskins are reportedly the leading candidate to put Peyton Manning under center next season:

The talk of Peyton playing with the Jets would've landed Peyton in the same city as brother Eli. If he joins the Redskins he'll be playing in the same division instead. 

What It Means

Throwing No. 18 into the mix of the NFC East creates a wild, wild division with the two Mannings, Michael Vick and Tony Romo.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins watches from the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Washington desperately needs a franchise quarterback if they want to compete as they've won only three playoff games since winning Super Bowl in 1991.

It is a long, long time since the Redskins have any legitimate success.

A move to Washington also spurns the Jets, Dolphins and Cardinals, three teams that were heavily interested in the possibility of adding Peyton.

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The free agent market and draft will also be heavily affected. Andrew Luck will be the obvious pick at No. 1, but the remaining teams will all hinge on the Matt Flynn race in free agency followed by the Robert Griffin III race on draft day.

What Happens Next

This information comes on the morning of the Super Bowl, thus, the chatter won't be as loud as a regular day.

Come tomorrow though, things will start spinning with any and all organizations involved.

Jim Irsay and the Colts have been at odds with Manning and war of words and reports on his health have been a topic of great interest this past month.

Expect that to only intensify.

If there is any truth to this rumor at all, don't expect it to come from the Manning camp any time soon. We can expect, however, Jim Irsay to have something to say.

This is just another stage of the ugly divorce that Peyton and the Colts are heading towards.

According to Adam Schefter, Peyton is even willing to create a contract with no guaranteed money:

This is not surprising considering that money is not a primary option for him. Peyton is at the point of his career where the only thing that matters is winning.

It certainly wouldn't be surprising to see the Redskins pay guaranteed money if they had to anyway.