Though undoubtedly it may be a sad press conference when it eventually happens. The tears that may be shed on the Manning side about leaving the city that drafted him will be short lived.
Similar to Joe Montana when he left San Fran in the early 90′s for Kansas City, when some may have assumed his time was over. Wherever this first ballot Hall of Famer lands in free agency, the team acquiring will be getting a highly motivated Peyton Manning.
We can speculate all we want about the possibilities of where he will land. Washington, New York, Miami, and even Arizona or Cleveland could all be logical fits for a healthy Peyton. Pretty much any team currently without a reliable starting QB makes sense. Or a team with a quarterback that may be young or just drafted should all consider this proven winner.
How about even two teams in his division who could sign him. In a similar case with the “Return of Brett Favre”, experienced for two consecutive years the entire Green Bay Packers organization and fans alike. Even though that may be unlikely, Manning wearing a Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars jersey, the thought alone is very intriguing. It will be all too similar soon well after in the case all sides will forever say it was mishandled by the other and point the finger.(Radio and Media will sure fuel the fire because once he is gone the next will always be compared un-justly.) Knowing and experiencing what the later years of Favre brought back to Wisconsin in general those two seasons as a division rival Minnesota Viking, all I could say to owner Jim Irsay out in Indy in good look and watch out.
Nothing like a scorn ex!
Anyway, and really either way I believe Peyton Manning will be back and potentially better than ever. We all saw the separation of Manning and the Colts coming sooner than later. To me, his injury combined with the large amount of money he will be collecting if kept on the roster(as of mid March) was too much of a risk in the eyes of management and it will be talked about as a business decision.
Which will make it even better when Peyton Manning comes back to the NFL and does exactly that. Takes care of business once again at an MVP level in an unfamiliar color and uniform.
Its the next chapter in a NFL player career book we have all read before with a new character.
Only this a new player finishing his own auto-biography. Though now he may be approaching the second half of his book, he is no were near the end.
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