The Decision: Looking at the Seattle Seahawks’ 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:


Brock Huard used to backup Peyton Manning.  He now works for ESPN 710 in Seattle, where he spent two stints in the NFL.  He recently penned an open letter to Peyton Manning.  He starts off by narrowing the candidates down from 31 to 2: the Redskins and the Seahawks.  Then he makes his case for Seattle:

So here’s the deal — I think Seattle may just be the best fit of all and when you weigh the final grouping, simply consider this:

1. After your Irsay experience, ownership matters. Paul Allen is the best in the business. He won’t meddle, he has unlimited resources and wants to win a championship in the worst way.

2. Seattle is the most removed geographical outpost in the league. The perception is that you need the masses and crave attention; the reality is that you want to win and winning will bring the only attention at this stage of your career that you really desire.

3. Pete Carroll is as committed to football as you are, and he is willing to cut anyone not as demanding and dedicated to that task.

4. You loved the dome in Indy because of the home field advantage. The 12th Man is in the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor for a reason, and I challenge anyone to find an equal in the league when it comes to the advantage gained at CenturyLink. Heck, even bad Seahawks teams still won in this venue.

5. Seattle plays in a very winnable division and will face a third-place schedule in 2012.

6. Pete is in Year 3 of his building process and five Pro Bowlers are an indicator of improved talent. The team has drafted well, turns over every stone in its effort to improve the roster and you can win big with Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, Marshawn Lynch and an offensive line that made major improvement in 2011.

7. Lastly, put in a call to Brett Favre. Ask him what working with Darrell Bevell was like in Minnesota. In fact, this set-up is eerily similar to the one you thrived in with the Colts, where Tom Cable acts in much the same capacity as Howard Mudd did for you in installing the run game and pass protections while Bevell, like Tom Moore, puts in the passing packages.

Those are reasons why he should go. Seattle has a good defense, a good owner, a good coach, and an offense that could come around Manning.  Also, they play in the worst division in football.  

Why wouldn’t Peyton go there? 

I do not think he would want to be so far away from his extended family.  That is a big issue for him, I believe.  

Also, the offense is not overly great.  Their greatest weapon, Marshawn Lynch, is a free agent.  They would need to find the money to resign both him and Manning, and maybe another receiver before I think Manning would go there. 

But Seattle definitely is a very interesting and real possibility. 

Chances of landing Manning:                      6/10 

Chances of playoffs with healthy Manning:                       90% 

Chances of winning super bowl with healthy Manning:   50%


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