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Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:01 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2012 11:12 am
 
It's early, but the race for Manning appears to be down to three teams. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

CBSSSports.com's Will Brinson did the heavy lifting Friday, handicapping the possible landing spots for Peyton Manning in 2012. No matter who's making the list, the Dolphins, Redskins and Jets seem to be the early frontrunners.

Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann is on record saying that the 'Skins don't need Manning but that puts him squarely in the minority.

The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg has made it his mission to transcribe every Manning-to-Washington-related television or radio conversation, and on Thursday, it was ESPN's Chris Mortensen's turn. He was talking about -- shocker -- Manning, the Redskins came up, as did Theismann's objections.

“Well, I love Joe, but I think that’s just silly,” Mortensen said via Steinberg. “I mean, if we were in the same room, I’m sure we’d have this debate anyway. Why would that be a horrific idea? I think he alluded to that being a band-aid. Well, listen, they need to win. They’re in a very competitive division in the NFC East. And if you’ve got Mike Shanahan, who’s an offensive mind that certainly Peyton Manning would have high regard for, and you’ve got an owner who will go out and get players around you, two or three more players…."

Mortensen says a lot of things, not all of them accurate, but he's right about Manning's regard for Shanahan. Steinberg dug up this three-year-old quote from the Denver Post:

“I would be hard-pressed to find a better offensive mind that Mike Shanahan,” Manning said in February 2009. “I had him [during the Pro Bowl], and that was a special week. They fired Phil Fulmer in Tennessee and, you know, just be careful. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Now Coach Dungy retired. But I think there’s a lot of good football coaches out there, and I think Mike Shanahan is one of the best of them.”

So there's that. Whether that's enough to entice Manning to play for the Redskins is another matter entirely.

The Post's Sally Jenkins writes that "Shanahan is the only head coach in the market for Manning’s services who can say he’s won two Super Bowls, and knows how to work with a fully formed Hall of Famer. He can also say he has made real strides in rebuilding, despite the Redskins’ record."

As for the former, most critics would point to John Elway, not Shanahan, as the reason for the Broncos' two Super Bowls. And the latter is a stretch by any measure; maybe the Redksins have made incremental improvements under Shanahan but let's be honest: he wasn't hired to take a four-win team to the heights of 6-10 and 5-11.

John Feinstein, Jenkins' colleague at the Post, doesn't share her optimism. In fact, he's of the opinion (like a lot of people), that there's only one reason Manning would come to Washington. To quote Randy Moss: straight cash, homey.

“You’re 36 years old, you’ve got a major neck problem, you probably only have so many hits left in you," Feinstein said recently during an radio appearance. "Why would you go to a team with a questionable at best offensive line, where the guy who’s most important to you sat out the last four games because he tested positive for recreational drugs, an organization that is constantly in flux?

“Other than Dan Snyder going into his wallet and giving him guaranteed money where other people are more likely to give him an incentive-laden contract, I can’t think of a single reason why Peyton Manning would want to come here," Feinstein continued. "...The only reason Peyton Manning would come to Washington would be if the money was so much better than anybody else. Because no matter how much these guys make, no matter how much they have made, it is still about money, not only because they want to put it in their bank account, but because it’s an ego thing like it is with everybody.”

The Redskins have been much better about avoiding high-priced soon-to-be-washout free agents in recent years. History suggests they should steer clear of Manning, too. We just wonder if Snyder's impulsiveness will get the best of him.

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Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

Hey mymanmo - I agree with you and think that Peyton may be more hurt that is being posted. I've thought this all along and there was a story yesterday about him having issues with throwing to his left - not a good sign.  Most people think that an injury is simply a doctor stating that you can play in x number of weeks but at the NFL level that is not going to happen.  I am with Irsay on this one, trust me I don't like taking that side being a NE Patriots fan (yes still feeling the SB loss but not bad - kudos to all Giant fans as always!!).

To heap the contract on Indy right now in my opinion is a foolish thing to do and suggest that Peyton play somewhere else for a few seasons.  I think that teams that take him better not have a quality QB since he may be damaged and can cause another QB to go elsewhere.  I think that if he does go to training camp with another team it will be a surprise team, and I do think that Washington has a shot.  Given the previous comments about family involvement it is apparent that the Mannings will go where the money is, its as simple as that.

All have a great day!




Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

Great points BREES4MVP. Peyton would pick a team that has some potential to win, from the get-go. Won't go NFC. A good potential landing spot would be Miami. They have improved, but still need a top notch QB. NY Jets would be an interesting pairing. They too are on the rise. Patriots won't be on top forever. I've been watching football long enough to remember when the Pats were in the cellar for years and the Dolphins and Bills were above them. Rebuilding takes a very long time and a great QB is #1 priority. I'd rather see Peyton retire a Colt, stay with the team as a coach, coordinator, scout, whatever. He is fun to watch, one of a kind. Don't want to see him get hurt.



Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

I agree with you dallashero22. Peyton playing in the same conference, same division as Eli won't happen.



Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

I disagree that Peyton would go to Washington for the money. He just wants to play and of course would prefer to stay in Indy. As for Joe Theisman's comments, he has no idea about Peyton's health or potential abilities. He's not a Doctor and in my opinion not the greatest QB ever, either. There might be an issue with Washington because it is in the same division as NY Giants. People seem to forget that Eli wouldn't stay in San Diego because it was an AFC opponent to the Colts (where Peyton was). The brothers would welcome an opportunity to oppose each other in a SuperBowl, but would prefer not to knock each other out of contention. Again, only my opinion, but I would think Peyton would be more apt to play for an AFC team. I'd like to see him in Miami, if he leaves Indy. Peyton has lots of money, commercial endorsements coming out his wazoo, has invested it well. Apparently his wife has a highly successful business as well. Money is not an issue. He's already stated the monetary reductions he'd be willing to take-performance only. Guy just wants to play and is working his butt off to get back in shape. Peyton will choose his destination, not the media and the so-called experts. It's all speculation for now.



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:03 pm
 

Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

Payton to Redskins would be about SNYDER!!!!!      
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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

Washington is absolutely out of the question... anyone that has ever followed the NFL for any (even the onace a year superbowl fans)  knows that Peyton would never play in the same division as his brother.  On that note I doubt very much that he'd ever play in the NFC against Eli.  There's a family reason as to why Eli never ended up with NYG and to with the Chargers.  From what i know about neck injuries and the impact on the body from playing football -  even if his arm isn't a noodle...Peyton is best off retiring.  There is no one in the AFC worth the risk of even more damage to his neck.  The Fins, Skins Cardsand Jets need to look at other free agents and the draft... Peyton can't help any of those teams!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

It really only makes sense if he takes hsi talents to Miami. That or retires. If he goes to Washington his greed will be overshadowing his commonsense. He'll take a pounding. They just are not in a position to win. Miami will make the AFC East awesome to watch.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:39 pm
 

Would Peyton to 'Skins only be about the money?

I still believe Peyton retires from the NFL.  I HOPE he can continue to play because he is a pleasure to watch.  That said, I do not believe he goes anywhere that is not IMMEDIATELY competitive and high profile( ie - to the Jets).  They are ready to compete with a few revisions.  Washington and Arizona... not gonna happen.  Those teams are not good, and not close to being competitive with Giants, Green Bay, Saints, SF, Atlanta, Dallas, and Philly better than both of these teams right now.  Miami is intriguing because they are on the rise.  Still not ready to supplant New England, but on the cusp AFC is MUCH weaker than the NFC, so an AFC Team makes sense. Peyton and Eli is NY City is good TV.  Jets could put Lazy Sanchez on the bench to learn proper game preparation from a winner.  Rex could finally make good on one of his fat- mouth predictions, as the Jets would win some games with #18 back there... It would be nice, but... Hello, TV Booth- he is retiring!!  


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