The Indianapolis Colts will release Peyton Manning today.
As early as this afternoon, he’ll be free to sign with any team he chooses.
Here’s a full round-up of where he may or may not be going:
New York Jets: Pondering the possibility
The New York Post is reporting that the Jets will “definitely” consider signing Peyton. But they want to make sure he’s healthy.
Meanwhile the drumbeat to sign Manning among Jets fans and media people is already deafening. RIP Sanchez?
Miami Dolphins: Early favourites?
If most national people media had to bet on it, they’d probably guess Peyton will end up in Miami.
The Miami Herald says the team is “very confident” that they can sign Manning. Plus they don’t have an entrenched, Sanchez-like QB who they’ll have to let down easy. Makes sense overall.
Washington: The wild card
There are no hard reports coming out of Washington that the ‘Skins are going all-in on Peyton. But logic suggests they’ll get involved, because (a) their owner is crazy enough to give Manning more money than anyone else, (b) they don’t have a quarterback.
There was also a (maybe baseless) rumour last month that Manning would like to play there.
Arizona Cardinals: VEGAS KNOWS
The Cards just committed big money to a young quarterback (Kevin Kolb) last season. And SI’s Peter King isn’t buying that they’d simply give up on Kolb this soon.
But for some reason, Vegas (er, Reno) has them as the overall favourite to land Manning. Seems a little dubious, right?
Arizona defensive lineman Darnell Dockett wants him though.
Seattle Seahawks: The darkhorse
The Seahawks weren’t among the early group of teams who were considered serious “contenders” for Manning. But since news broke last night, they’ve jumped into the conversation.
San Francisco: Yeah, no
This is based solely on the fact that Jerry Rice said the Niners should sign Manning.
49ers beat writer Eric Branch put it best, “No, I don’t think the #49ers will sign Peyton Manning. No, I don’t think the #49ers will sign Peyton Manning. No, I don’t think …”
Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens: Randoms
PFT’s Mike Florio mentioned them. Florio is really plugged in, so you have to take this somewhat seriously. But they seem like longshots right now.
HOLD YOUR HORSES YA’LL, is he even going to play?
All indications are that he will NOT retire, as Rob Lowe initially reported.
He was seen working out at Duke over the weekend, and he’s definitely going to at least give it a go. But he’s coming off major neck surgery, so these teams are going to have to take a good hard look before they give him the cash.
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