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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: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:48 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

How about the Mayo clinic. C'mon let's do the math vs any comeback.
The announcers booth is his present and future.
He's too smart to risk the rest of his life for another year maybe two.


Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:12 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

How about Miami?  Houston?  Detroit? Tennessee?  Jags?

Peyton has alot better options than Washington.  I don't see him going there.

I think Colts should pick up Luck.  But they would be stupid to not kept Peyton til Luck is ready.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:14 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

I think they should let Peyton go and let him play for a team that isn't argueably one of the worst teams of all time.. Let him go to team that isn't soo flawed.. Give him a chance to play with good players and get some rings..  He's getting older and shouldn't have to continue carrying these scrub Colts

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:11 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

i say let Manning go and see if they can resign him to a one year deal - then let Luck take over after that.

Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:55 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

If I am the Colts, I just pay the 28 Million. Look what happened to the Colts without Peyton this year! You think any rookie is going to come in and fix that? Peyton carried this team from the edge of oblivion to the Super Bowl. If he thinks he can play next year anywhere near what he has in the past, I think Indianapolis owes him the opportunity.

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:28 pm

Are the Redskins in Peyton Manning's future?

WASHINGTON...NO WAY!!!!!    Send him on down to HOUSTON !!!!!!

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