So the long anticipated news that Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay’s Indianapolis Colts have finally decided to part ways has been announced.
It would have been more shocking if the news had come out that the Colts were going to keep Peyton Manning. Colts owner Jim Irsay and the aforementioned Peyton Manning have finally decided to cut the cord and part ways. It would have been completely illogical had he stayed and was on the roster with Andrew Luck.
By cutting Manning he will now be easily the most sought after free agent in football that there has been in years. The Colts also won’t have to take a salary cap hit by letting him go, which assuredly weighed into Irsay’s decision as well. Personally, I’m not sure what took Irsay so long to render a decision. It wasn’t like Peyton’s neck was going to get any better…I just think the inevitable just became reality.
Now all the discussions around the league, the media, and the fans will be to determine where Peyton should end up? The logical place and most obvious, would be the Miami Dolphins or the Arizona Cardinals. And more than likely he will end up on one of those teams. Especially in Arizona where there’s this stud WR Larry Fitzgerald and a decent running game to make things easier for him. Of course, the warm dry weather wouldn’t hurt either… But there’s another destination that we think would be perfect for Peyton even though it probably will never happen.
And that would be with the San Francisco 49ers. (that will make a lot of eyes roll…) No, the Niners do not play in a dome and the weather, although not the worst in the league (and not as balmy as Arizona), will not contain snow and temps that fall into the 20’s anytime soon. What Frisco does offer, unlike Miami, is a championship caliber team that will be among the favorites to win it all in 2012. Yes, they already have a quarterback in Alex Smith, but he can be released and replaced by Manning. Smith, an average quarterback at best, only averages around 200 passing yards a game. He did cut his interceptions down this past season but if Peyton is indeed healthy enough to withstand the rigors of an NFL season then why not S.F.?
Should anything happen to Peyton during the season, there is already a quarterback in the wings in Colin Kaepernick. After all, this is the guy the 49ers drafted for last year. So why not have the 2nd round pick out of Nevada study and learn under Peyton until he’s needed and ready to play?
And this is not just your ordinary quarterback. Kaepernick holds a whole host of records from his playing days at Nevada. The most impressive of which is that Kaepernick is the only quarterback in the history of Division I FBS college football to have passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for over 4,000 yards in a collegiate career. Kaepernick is also the only Division 1 FBS QB to have passed for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards in a single season three times in a career (consecutively)!!
We’re still thinking that it’ll be Miami or Arizona but feel that the 49ers would be of interest to and pay dividends for Peyton Manning as well as the Niners. In the meantime, Andrew Luck will have some pretty big shoes to step into when he takes over the helm for the Indianapolis Colts. And after a stellar 14 year career with the Colts, the former 1st round overall pick in 1998 will first have to face the media, along with Jim Irsay, on Wednesday in what should prove to be a highly emotional event. We wish him all the best…
I think you meant Arizona Cardinals for a quick editorial, but I understand. I definitely agree though. I don’t know what Irsay was waiting for. Peyton will always say he’s fine and wants to play. But facts are, he probably won’t be the same, stats or health-wise. Which is unfortunate for everyone, but you can’t change those facts.. I just wish everyone involved some “Luck”.. Pun intended.
Oooops! When there’s news regarding Baseball, Football, and Basketball all at the same time accidents will happen. Thanks for the heads up! And yeah, after four neck surgeries (that we KNOW about) there’s no telling how viable Peyton is any longer. If I’m his surgeon(s), I’m recommending that he call it a career…
Thanks for the comment SN!
Haha, I’ve done it before so I know if I made that mistake I would hope someone tells me too! I do believe Peyton does make a huge impact on the field and the locker room even with his neck issues. I do think that for him personally, he should take a road that involves him being on TV instead of on the field, but he knows he can still play. Only he can make that decision and be comfortable with it. I want to believe him, but if I’m a GM, is he worth the money and injury risk? I don’t want him paralyzed, so I’m not sure if I put the money on the table. Hopefully everything works out for everyone in this.
Peyton should go to whichever team allows him to have the most say when it comes to the offense, that’s part of the reason what made him so great for so many years on the Colts.
Great point! If he doesn’t have the ‘OK’ from the coaches to call the shots, I’m not sure if he makes the biggest impact as he would as a new QB.
True. Not sure he had that ‘power’ in his first few years with the Colts though and we don’t know what Peyton has left in the tank so he would probably have to prove himself all over again before the coaches let him call the shots. We’ll see…
Absotively, Peyton in San Fran makes the most sense. Wouldn’t it be cool to watch Peyton and the guy he replaced in Indy (Harbaugh) going for it together next season?
Makes too much sense to happen, though.
Wouldn’t team management be easier if you could trade players without having an emotional attachment to them like when you play video games?
I wouldn’t take a chance on a 36 year old, rusty QB who has neck issues…unless I could get him for cheap.
There’s going to be a bounty for his neck!
Risky is an understement! That’s why whatever team that does pick him up needs to have a good back up QB.
A bounty on a geriatric QB’s neck? That’s not nice N.C…
I totally agree. He wants to stay warm and dry as much as possible. Pains from having a plate put in your neck is magnified when it’s cold out.
I believe he will end up in Miami personally:
Love the logic. Kapernick can really utilize Moss and turn Crabtree into a star.