The Decision: Looking at the San Francisco 49ers’ Chances of Landing Peyton Manning

The Decision: Looking at where Peyton Manning may end up if he becomes a free agent… today, we look at the:


The 49ers have the best team of anybody on this list.  They lost the NFC Championship game in overtime to the eventual super bowl champion Giants.  No shame in that.  It was coach Jim Harbaugh’s first season with the team (incidentally, Harbaugh was replaced as Colts quarterback by Peyton Manning). 

But look no further than Harbaugh himself for the biggest reason why Peyton likely will not be a 49er.  Harbaugh likes control, and so does Peyton.  This would be a clash of very competitive guys both wanting to run the offense.  And Harbaugh is also a yeller, and I doubt even the legendary Peyton Manning would be immune to it.  Manning likes everything to be private and to talk it over.  I do not think it is Harbaugh’s yelling that would keep Peyton away, but it certainly does not help. 

The big thing is that Peyton would be forced to run someone else’s offense. 

And he will not do that.  

Also, the 49ers have Alex Smith, whom they are very happy with (and with good reason).  Smith had by far his best year as a pro in 2011, and he likely will improve in 2012 as well.  Smith is a free agent and will be resigned by the 49ers unless they sign Peyton Manning.  

The 49ers select 30th in the 2012 NFL Draft. 

With the 49ers, Peyton Manning would win multiple super bowls.  No kidding.  This team is very good without him.  Add in possibly the greatest quarterback of all time, and the sky is the limit.  

The 49ers play in the worst division in football.  They steamrolled it this year.  The talent the ‘Niners have certainly would attract Peyton.  But I just do not think he would go because of Jim Harbaugh.  Wherever he goes, he will run his system.  I honestly do not think that would work with Harbaugh. 

But if it would, the 49ers would become the new favorite to win the super bowl.  Peyton Manning would put them over the top. 

Chances of landing Manning:                      4/10 

Chances of playoffs with healthy Manning:                       100% 

Chances of winning super bowl with healthy Manning:   85%


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