The Peyton Manning train continues to trudge along while the rest of the NFL rides the free agent wave. Manning had a meeting with the Tennessee Titans today to discuss the possibility of joining their club in 2012.
The Denver Broncos, as of a few days ago, were tops on Manning’s list of potential teams to join. Because so many NFL teams are putting the full-court press on Manning, maybe his mind has changed a little.
But as Manning decides if he should become a Titan or a Bronco, we are left to wonder which team is the best fit for the veteran quarterback.
One of the main reasons Manning has Denver so high on his list is because head coach John Fox will hand him the keys to the offense. He’ll be able to have the same type of creativity he had as a Colt in Denver.
The Broncos have a pretty solid defense, they ranked 20th overall in the league in 2012. Yet, they were the reason the Broncos were able to keep a lot of their games so close.
Denver will not have much in the wide receiver department, but we’ve seen what Peyton Manning can do with wide receivers. He’s fully capable of turning Eric Decker into a Pro Bowler.
In Tennessee, he’ll have the legs of Chris Johnson and the hands of Kenny Britt. The offensive line could improve, but it’s solid enough. Plus, I’m sure Adams will do whatever he needs to appease Manning.
The team allowed cornerback Cortland Finnegan to walk in free agency and it looks like they’ll do the same with defensive end Jason Jones.
So which direction should Peyton head, south or west? I believe his best bet is to take off for the Mile High City. I still think that Manning’s best chance for a Super Bowl is as a Cardinal, but for the sake of this piece and his latest suitors, the Titans do not seem to fit.
The AFC South is tougher than the West and Manning would have to face the Texans twice a year. Houston seems primed for a Super Bowl and if he’s able to avoid that potential roadblock, why head down that path?
Only Mr. Manning knows where he will end up, but if he had to choose today, the Broncos should be choice No. 1.