The Decision: Looking at where Peyton Manning may end up

By March 9th, the Indianapolis Colts will only be the Colts by their name.  Everything else will have changed.  

Before March 8th, the Colts have to make a decision on Peyton Manning.  And, as hard as it is to process, Manning will be long gone.  He will have left Indy after 208 starts.  After everything he put in here.  All the time, all the money.  He brought a franchise consistently at the bottom of the league to a franchise consistently at the top.  He brought the Lombardi Trophy toIndianapolis.  He brought a magnificent new stadium, and he brought a super bowl to his city.  

And now, it is time to go. 

Forever Peyton will be a Colt to everyone who fell in love with him, and even those who did not.  But you could not help but root for a guy like Peyton.  He was something special.  He still is.  And some other team is going to get to experience that first hand. 

But who? 

Over the next several days, I will take a look at the realistic landing spots for Peyton and why or why not he should or could go there. 

Of course, this all depends on his health.  But if he is healthy, I guarantee you he will get whatever team he is on to the playoffs.  A very good chance of a super bowl.  And Peyton deserves nothing less.  

For the first part, I will outline which teams I consider “realistic” possibilities.  Every day starting tomorrow, I will then highlight one team a day.  

First, the teams I do not see in play for Peyton: 

The Rams (Sam Bradford), Cowboys (Tony Romo), Giants (Eli Manning), Eagles (Michael Vick), Packers (Aaron Rodgers), Bears (Jay Cutler), Lions (Matthew Stafford), Saints (Drew Brees – he will be resigned, no doubt at all), Falcons (Matt Ryan), Buccaneers (Josh Freeman), Panthers (Cam Newton), Chargers (Phillip Rivers), Chiefs (Matt Cassel), Patriots (Tom Brady), Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger), Ravens (Joe Flacco), Bengals (Andy Dalton), and Texans (Matt Schaub).  There will be people who mention some of these teams, but I just do not see these teams pursuing Peyton that much.  

These teams are not excluded just because of their quarterback – if they were then there would be some that became “contenders” – but because of various reasons.  Of course, if they have a very good QB in place, it was easy to place them on the list.  But what about the Buccaneers?  Or the Chiefs?  Or the Ravens, Cowboys, or even Texans?  First off, I think the quarterbacks of those teams are decent starters.  That helps.  Secondly, I do not see Peyton going to be part of a huge rebuilding process inTampaBayorKansas City.  I do not see him going toBaltimore. Dallashas Jerry Jones, enough said. Houstonhas a solid team and I honestly have no facts on this at all, but I just do not think Peyton wants to play in the AFC South.  Just my opinion.  

So that leaves the Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks, Redskins, Vikings, Broncos, Raiders, Jets, Bills, Dolphins, Browns, Colts, Jaguars, Texans and Titans.  There are a few of these teams who I do not think Peyton would go to at all.  But, for the sake of the argument, I have included them.   

And yes, I have the Colts on there.  There are two ways Peyton stays a Colt, and neither of them are likely at all.  But I will highlight them when it comes time. 

I will go in order of the way I listed them.  That means tomorrow will be the Cardinals, and the next day the 49ers, and the next day the Seahawks, and so forth.  

I encourage your feedback on this and want to hear your opinions.  

And remember, I love Peyton more than anyone.  

But sadly, the time has come.

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