The Decision: Looking at the Arizona Cardinals’ Chances of Landing Peyton Manning
February 11, 2012 2 Comments
The Decision: Looking at where Peyton Manning may end up if he becomes a free agent… today, we look at the:
I have not been secretive about it – the Arizona Cardinals is where I want Peyton Manning to land, and where I think he should.
They have what he needs to win – a superstar receiver, a coach who will give him his space, and a good enough team to win with a healthy Peyton.
Heck, this team was 8-8 being quarterbacked by Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. Imagine what Peyton could do. The last time Peyton played with a receiver as good as Fitzgerald, he led them to the playoffs (oh, wait…).
The Cardinals are in the worst division in football. They have the Seahawks, Rams, and 49ers along with the Cardinals. The Seahawks are another very possible landing spot for Peyton. The Rams have a good young QB in Sam Bradford, but they are still a few years away. The 49ers are a very, very good football team, but I would take Peyton to win that division. The 49ers will also be featured in this series as a possible landing spot for Manning.
Also, Peyton has never had a returner like Patrick Peterson. Not even close. Peyton would love to get some help from special teams. The Cardinals defense is good enough.
A big issue is the coach. Ken Whisenhunt will give Peyton the room he wants. The Cardinals just hired Frank Reich as their wide receivers coach. Reich worked with Manning for the last six seasons. Russ Grimm is a great offensive line coach.
The Cardinals also play in a dome, and I have to imagine that is a big deal to Peyton.
They select 13th in the 2012 NFL Draft.
So what makes this decision hard?
First off, the Cardinals have Kevin Kolb. He is owed $7 million on March 17th. If Peyton is released on March 8th (I think it will happen before), the Cardinals would have basically a week to determine whether or not to sign Peyton. I really cannot see them keeping both Kolb and Manning. The quarterbacking decision is easy, but the timing and health makes it difficult.
That is really the only big negative towards the Cardinals. I firmly believe this is the best spot for Peyton.
Chances of landing Manning: 7/10
Chances of playoffs with healthy Manning: 99%
Chances of winning super bowl with healthy Manning: 60%