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Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 5:51 pm
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By Ryan Wilson

Peyton Manning is due a $28 million option bonus this spring. Given that he's 35, hasn't played a down this season (and likely won't), and that the Colts are perfectly positioned to draft Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, there's a chance that Manning won't be in Indianapolis in 2012.

We discussed it on Friday's Pick-6 Podcast:

With a month left in the regular season, there's plenty of speculation about future landing spots for Peyton should his career with the Colts come to an abrupt, inglorious end. 

In the last week, no fewer than five national media types weighed in on where Manning could end up next season, and no fewer than five national media types mentioned the same team: the Washington Redskins.

Shocking, we know.

Here's the rundown (transcription and links via the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg):

Michael Lombardi, NFL Network: [The Redskins have] a lot of money, a lot of availability, and oh, by the way, they really need a quarterback badly. They need a signature face on their franchise, and I think ultimately, that would be a great landing spot.

But the interesting factor here is Peyton Manning’s only played in three offenses: high school, at Tennessee, and when you look at Indianapolis. There’ve been three offenses, that’s it. If he goes somewhere, I would not be surprised if Tom Moore didn’t join him.

Chris Mortensen, ESPN: Ok, remember, we said that there’s still a big question mark of health. That’s something that nobody can speak to at this point. But if there’s a reasonable assurance that Peyton’s gonna be healthy, then who’s not gonna line up? The Washington Redskins are one obvious team. That’s unquestioned.

Adam Schefter, ESPN (appearing on Vinny Cerrato's Baltimore radio show): All you have to do is take a look around the league and say, who has a quarterback question? Who has a quarterback question? (“Washington,” Cerrato answers.)

Does Washington? Yes, Washington has a quarterback question. Does Miami have a quarterback question? Yes. Does Kansas City have a quarterback question? I think so. Does Cleveland have a quarterback question? Yes. I think Peyton Manning also is gonna dictate how this ends up and where he goes....I could see Washington involved, I could see Miami involved, I could see Cleveland involved. I could see maybe even — this is gonna sound ludicrous — but if Mark Sanchez flames out down the stretch, the Jets involved.


And here's syndicated radio host Dan Patrick from his show earlier in the week: “Looking at the scenarios [on where Peyton could end up], I’m not looking at sort of the obvious places, except for Washington, I understand that…"

But Patrick's guest, Mike Florio of, offered a very good reason for why Peyton-to-DC won't work:

“I think Peyton’s gonna want a team that pays him a ton of money and that has the pieces in place for him to be successful. And I don’t know that he’d want to go to Washington, because look at what’s in place there with Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan," he said. "Kyle wants to run that offense like a little kid with a joystick on the sideline. He wants the quarterback to just do whatever Kyle Shanahan wants. I think Kyle Shanahan’s younger than Peyton Manning, so I don’t think that’s gonna go over well if Peyton and Kyle Shanahan are trying to co-exist.”

Just last week, Archie Manning told's Will Brinson that he thought his son and Andrew Luck could work together. (Archie later stated that he didn't "think [having Luck and Peyton on the same roster] would necessarily be a great fit for either one," before clarifying those remarks by reiterating his original take. "I'm sure they could [work together]," he finally said.)

Of course, there's always the chance the Colts win out, get to 4-12, and in all likelihood, take themselves out of the running for Luck. A quick glance at the schedule suggests that won't happen: they face the Ravens Sunday, then the Titans, Texans and Jaguars.

So, yes, expect to be hearing more about this in the coming weeks and months. And who knows, maybe Peyton just retires and takes the Ole Miss job.

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Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:20 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

Im a DIE HARD Fins fan, but Manning has been my favourite player active since Marino retired and to see him go to the redskirts would be like getting a kick in the nuts and horked on. It aint right, has a NFL fan he should retire a Colts personaly. His injury was really unfortunate but hes a walking Legend and he should retire with his home crowd. All I wanna say is, Colts fans be really thankful for having Manning cause you`ll never get another one like him. Luck will never BE or come close to what Manning has accomplished in his career. Its hard to say this but Manning is the best QB all time.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:09 am

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?


Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:06 am

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

skins dont need sum old fart need go to draft

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:07 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

He is going to stay with the Colts. If that bothers Luck, they will just trade Luck for at least 2 first round picks, if not more, and just get a QB 2 years later. Somebody comes out every year after all, and it's pretty likely that whoever drafts Luck won't win many games the next 2 years.

Now if in some wacky scenario he doesn't stay on the Colts, I would think the Jets are the most natural landing spot for him. The Jets have a ready made offense, including an O-line and an above average WR (who Manning can make look like a Pro Bowler easily) and a top defense. Also the HC constantly praises him and lets the offense do what they want. And to top that off, his little brother plays in the same city, and he would get 2 cracks at Brady every year, probably 3. If he plays 2 more years and goes 6-0 against Brady in those years, even if he doesn't win an SB, he pretty much puts every debate to rest. Not that there really is one right now, but people like Peyton Manning are generally insanely competitive so to them it is a huge deal.

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:22 am

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

Manning to Washigton would be with Tom Moore (Kyle would be out), so essentially the redskins offense would be adjusting to Manning, not the other way around. ...
Washington has a good defense with Jim Haslet, a good coach in Shanahan and a good GM in Bruce Allen, and, oh yeah, an owner with deeeep pockets and an affinity for big-splash signings.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:37 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

If I were the Colts, I'd trade Luck for Tebow and Bailey...then I'd play both Tebow and Peyton at the same time and really cause havoc on the defense.  Play Tebow as a running back that can also throw the ball.....  LOL

Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:12 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

The drama was gone by the first drive of the game, not that anyone expected the  to be competitive Sunday in Baltimore. Another loss, another miserable performance, and the countdown to imperfection still ticks away.

That  will not play a down this season is now a given. That he may never play again for the Colts—a prospect that was once unthinkable—is now very much a part of any conversation about the most hapless team in the NFL.

There’s still three more games to lose before the Colts gain a measure of notoriety by joining the 2008  as the only NFL teams to go 0-16 in a season. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas are split on whether it will happen, though the play of quarterback  and others against the Ravens suggest money wagered on the possibility could bring in some extra cash for the holidays.

   If there was ever a sure thing, though, it’s that the Colts will turn ineptitude to their advantage by taking Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick of the NFL draft. They can’t afford not to, because the Stanford quarterback is as much a lock to be a star in the NFL as Manning was when the Colts last had the top pick in 1998.

The question then becomes what happens to the man who has been the face of the franchise for more than a decade. The self-deprecating quarterback who made the Colts perennial contenders and took them to two Super Bowls, winning one.

A certain Hall of Famer with a suddenly very uncertain future.

The good news for Colts fans is the decision won’t be long in the making. Manning is due a $28 million bonus payment in early March, and by then owner Jim Irsay surely will have tweeted his intentions about a player who not only resurrected the Colts but helped Irsay build a brand new stadium.

Do you keep a 36-year-old quarterback who had three neck operations in the last 19 months and missed an entire season because it just seems like the right thing to do? Overpay at the quarterback position at the expense of not filling other gaping holes on the team out of respect for everything Manning has done for the franchise and the city?

No, and no. Gratitude only goes so far in the NFL.

Business decisions must be made, as hard as they may be.

The  didn’t understand that a few years ago when they let  stagnate on the sidelines for three seasons while dictated his terms of employment with the team. Favre gave them one last great year, but it came at the expense of the development of their quarterback of the future.

Manning might have a great year left in him, too, though his slow recovery from his neck problems would give any general manager some pause. Still, the clock is ticking on his career and the Colts don’t have the luxury of time to rebuild behind him—especially if they spend so much at quarterback that they can’t keep pending free agents like ,  and .

They also can’t draft Luck and expect him to sit and wait for his turn. Make him the No. 1 pick and he has to play, just as  is playing for the Panthers and  for the Bengals.

Manning could always offer to restructure the contract he signed before this season, of course, to help the Colts out. He already made some $25 million this season without taking a snap, and might be willing to consider a lesser payment as he works his way back from injury.

That still doesn’t solve the problem of having two quarterbacks wanting to play. And Manning’s father, former Saints quarterback Archie Manning, suggested in a radio interview earlier this week that the arrangement would not work.

“I don’t think it’d necessarily be great for either one,” the elder Manning said. “I think Andrew’s the type of mature player … he can walk right in. I mean, these other three or four guys that are playing this year, (if) they can walk in and contribute, Andrew can, too.”

Archie Manning later backtracked and said his son and Luck could co-exist on the Colts. Team vice chairman Bill Polian said last month that Peyton Manning believes the same thing, and that he would be OK with the Colts using a pick on a high quality quarterback.

The reality is drafting Luck and keeping Manning is a situation that might last a year, at best. After that, it wouldn’t be fair to Luck to keep him from getting quality playing time and it would be just as unfair for Manning to face a future where he might not be the starting quarterback.

Far better to cut ties before the $28 million bonus is due and let Manning become a free agent. Use the money on contracts that will make the team younger and better.

Give Manning a fresh start somewhere else. Give the Colts a chance to build for the future.

I am a big time Manning fan. I don't think he goes to another time. I think the Colts will keep him and draft Luck. That way Manning can be a mentor for Luck to take over for the Colts in a couple of years. 
 If Manning leaves he won't go to the Redskins because they want let Manning run everything like he is use to.
  I can see him going to the Vikings, Cardinals, Browns, Seahawks or even the Dolphins where they will let Manning be Manning and win games!! 

Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:04 pm

End zones at Redskins-Patriots game confuse fans

Fans tuning into Sunday's game between the  and  were undoubtedly confused when they saw that FedEx Field didn't have the usual "Redskins" painted in the end zone. Instead, when the 'Skins and Pats scored, they were doing it in end zones that read "Army" and "Navy."

FedEx Field hosted the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday and groundskeepers left the logos on the field for Sunday's NFL game. While the midfield logo was changed to the Redskins insignia, both end zones were left untouched, making for an interesting dichotomy of pro teams scoring in college end zones.

Fans watching the game on television  to express their confusion.

Pro stadiums frequently host college games but groundskeepers usually have time to paint the end zones. These end zones were left for a reason: The Redskins wanted its tribute to the military to extend into Sunday's game.

Here's what the other end zone looked like on Saturday, complete with the Naval Academy's Midshipmen and West Point's corps of cadets.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:18 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

I doubt anyone wants Peyton to play due to a health concern.  I doubt highly Peyton would play if there were serious circumstance as that is the sole reason his own brother Cooper never went pro.  Health always comes first.  With that aside....

From a business perspective, you do not trade Manning and throw Luck out there with an awful team.  Instead, you use Peyton, the only man that can help Colts win, and you build the team to get ready for the Lucky era.  I do not think Peyton will ask Colts to pay him $28 million if he can't play.  I think he'd retire and accept a deal.  He is classy that way.  But if he can play, I think the right business decision is what I stated above.  The reason Colts haven't won a game is because of Peyton...and the fact the Colts were never a winning team without Peyton.  Luck may be great but he'd be greater if he had a few years behind a guy like Peyton.  I think Peyton could play right now but why put him out and lose Luck (and your future) and risk an injury to Peyton.  Instead, take your losses this year and go at it again next year.  Worst that could happen:  Peyton is out and your starting QB is Luck.  Not a bad option.

If Colts allow Peyton to walk and he does play; they will regret it.  Cause if Peyton can take the Colts team to a SB; please name one team he couldn't.  As the Colts are the worst team in the NFL and they are champions with Peyton at the helm.

No one questions Peyton value to the team anymore.

Brady was out and Cassell won 11 games.

Peyton is out and Colts have yet to win one.  Likely won't.

This speaks volumes.

You don't let a guy like Peyton go.  He isn't like the other QBs.  He isn't the MVP of the team...HE IS THE TEAM.  You don't trade that away.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:02 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

Does anyone really believe that Shanahan, and jr. will give Manning the power he has with the Colts? I doubt that.

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