|His neck injury originated from |
his Super Bowl disappointment.
And if you're wondering why they don't pay him and then trade him, the answer is that they technically could, but they won't. If they trade him after March 8th, they'll have 44 million dollars in dead cap space, spread over the next two seasons (and when the cap is around 120 million, that's a huge problem). Plus, they would need a trading partner willing to take on his huge contract (which has 4 years left on it and lots of money), which nobody is going to be willing to do since they don't know for sure that he can play.
Peyton could restructure his contract and stay with Indy, or he could be traded and agree to restructure his contract with the new team, but he has no incentive to do that. Let's say he helps them trade him by taking a smaller contract, all that will accomplish is weaken the team he's going to by making them trade for him rather than being able to sign him freely. It's in his best interest to not restructure, have the Colts cut him, then decide on his own where to go and not make his new team give up anything to get him.
So the question now is where does he go?
I bet his thinking is that he will have two or three years and his goal is to win two super bowls. Gotta beat his little bro. Pick the right team and he could do it. Pick the wrong team and he'll be remembered for going down with some crappy team.
The best way to get to a super bowl is to lock up a #1 or #2 seed, get that playoff bye, and lock up one or two playoff home games. A #1 seed just has to win two home games and they're in the super bowl. The Steelers and Ravens are in the same division, and if both of them are 13-3 and have the two best records in the AFC, they don't both get byes. One gets a bye, the other is a wildcard team. You really get screwed over by being in the same division with another good team. So his goal will be to join the best team in a bad division.
The teams that have been talked up the most include the Redskins because owner Dan Snyder has deep pockets and can offer him a lot of cash. But they're in the same division with the Cowboys, Eagles, and defending champion Giants.
|I mustache you a question.|
Do you like 6'5" Quarterbacks with a Laser, Rocket Arm?
The AFC East is out, so is the North (Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals all made the playoffs last year). Some people in Tennessee have been clamoring for a return to the Volunteer state, but they play in the same division with the Texans who might have gone to the super bowl if they stayed healthy. Plus he'd have to go against the Colts and Andrew Luck. You think he wants to spend the end of his career getting drubbed by his replacement?
The NFC East is out. The Bucs and Vikings have gotten some attention too, both have decent young QBs, but might make a play for him. But he won't be interested. Why go to the same division as the Bears, Lions, and Packers? The NFC North is out, so is the South (Falcons, Panthers, Saints).
That leaves the AFC and NFC West.
|Replaced by a goofy kid that was mentored by the guy|
you yourself replaced. It's like Fucking Shakespeare. Literally.
The 49ers might be the dark horse in all of this. They're generally counted out because of Alex Smith's emergence as a good quarterback. They very nearly cut the former #1 overall pick before the season. They decided to keep him and he blossomed. Maybe they're willing to sit him down or get rid of him. With that defense and the Seahawks (and Tarvaris Jackson), Cardinals (and Skelton or Kolb), and Rams (doesn't even matter who their QB is) on the schedule, they would be basically guaranteed to clinch their division by week 13 for the next few years.
In the AFC West, the Raiders just spent a bunch of picks on Carson Palmer, who's also an old QB, but still 4 years younger than Peyton. The Chargers have Rivers and he's not the problem. The Broncos have Tebow...they're too busy developing him into a Wildcat quarterback to pull their heads out of their asses.
|Mannings look good in Red.|
|He's like the hall of famer of Backups. |
Palmer and Leinart Heisman seasons, Brady, then Manning?
The Chiefs are picking 11th and I've seen several mocks with them landing either a great offensive tackle, or perhaps an elite nose tackle. Put that together with a Peyton Manning offense in Kansas City, going up against the perenially retarded Raiders (who don't have a pick until round 5 of this years draft), the constantly disappointing Chargers (who are sticking with the cold fish Norv Turner and losing several key players), and the Fighting Tebows, who have a great defense but almost no offense at all. In fact, the success they had last year was based mostly on doing something novel that NFL teams didn't quite have figured out yet. Next year they'll be ready and they'll shut that run game down and make Tebow beat them with his crappy arm.
|Montana changed from 16 to 19 so as not to offend Len Dawson.|
Manning's thinking of switching TO 16 because who the hell is Len Dawson?
So I honestly think that the Chiefs are probably Peyton's best bet (unless some team that already has a good quarterback decides to bench him for Peyton, like the Texans, 49ers, Ravens, Eagles, Cowboys).
Peyton Manning, the Archer of Arrowhead, the Chief of Chiefs, rocking the Red and Gold, can give Kansas City their first playoff win since Joe Montana.