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NFL Lines - Peyton Manning on the Move

Posted by Elio Masi on 3/10/2012 3:54:11 PM


NFL Lines – Peyton Manning on the Move

On Wednesday, March 7th, the Indianapolis Colts – the one and only team he's ever played an NFL game for – released Peyton Manning. With tears in his eyes, Manning addressed the media (and more importantly his fans) on Wednesday, making his release official. The only four-time MVP in the history of the NFL made it very clear that, if it was solely up to him, he would be finishing his career with the Colts. Unfortunately, due to their 2-14 record this past NFL lines season and given the fact that QB Andrew Luck is expected to go first overall, Indianapolis has decided to begin their rebuilding plans, ones that do not have room for a 36-year-old quarterback.

The only quarterback to ever lead Indianapolis to the Super Bowl had this to say during his speech on Wednesday: ''Nobody loves their job more than I do. Nobody loves playing quarterback more than I do. I still want to play. But there is no other team I wanted to play for.''

Who's Interested?

Now that we know he would like to continue playing, the only question that remains is who is interested in the veteran signal-caller. Or better yet, who's not interested. Which team wouldn't want a quarterback who's thrown for over 50,000 yards in his career?

However, with that being said, there are some teams who would be willing to pay him more than others and who have more issues at the quarterback position. Among them are the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, and the Washington Redskins.

Front Runners

It seems that the two teams most likely to land the Super Bowl XLI MVP are currently the Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals. According to certain insiders, it seems that Manning is most interested in their teams and how he could add some depth to their rooster.

Miami's Assets

With the Dolphins' 0-7 start in 2012, they'll definitely be looking to make some sort of change with their offense. However, given that Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush remain their only current offensive threats, it seems unlikely that Manning will not be able to lead the Dolphins to the Super Bowl in a single NFL lines season. Peyton might want to consider a team that has a greater chance at winning in the near future, taking into account his presence, of course. Though, the Dolphins seem like the early front-runners, given Manning's brief statement on Thursday:

''I haven't thought about teams and I don't know who is interested, I really don't. This is all new to me. But look, the Miami Dolphins have a great organization, a great history there, they have new people in place.

Arizona's Talent

It goes without saying that the Arizona Cardinals would be significantly better – on paper, anyway – with Peyton Manning than without him. Their present quarterback Kevin Kolb nearly played his way out of Arizona last NFL lines season, throwing for less than 2,000 yards and connecting on just 9 touchdowns.

After locking him up with a long-term heavyweight contract last year, the Cardinals still hold one of the best wide receivers in the NFL with Larry Fitzgerald. It's no secret that Fitzgerald (and every other receiver in Glendale) would love to have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time running their routes. Matter of fact, Arizona defensive end Darnell Dockett already threw Kolb under the bus, by immediately tweeting ''Peyton to AZ!!!!!!'' when Manning was released.

Elio's Edge

Personally, I would love for Peyton to end up in Arizona, hooking up with another future Hall of Famer Fitzgerald. It would be a perfect ending to his career to have him rebuild another dying organization in Arizona, much like he did with the Colts. Plus, the Cardinals would have the biggest chances to make a deep playoff run this year with the addition of Manning. They are probably the best team without a star quarterback and would quickly be considered favorites if they received one.


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