So the only thing going on in the NFL at the moment seems to be Payton Manning Leaving the Colts after 14 years with them. But was it not clear he was leaving months ago? This it the team that saw their QB had a problem with his neck so made sure they won the Andrew Luck Derby. They could have got a QB in to spend a year there and win them a few games if they wanted. The Colts have also let Reggie Wayne go so it would surprise me to see the Manning-Wayne partnership rock up somewhere else.
For what its worth I think Manning will choose to play for the Chiefs. It’s a path that the great Montana took when his time in San Fran was over and they are a team in desperate need for a leader and that is Manning’s main asset. Orton signed for KC last season but seems his future lies elsewhere and Klob looked a star at Philly but didn’t at KC maybe he could do with a season behind Manning to learn more about the game.
Another option for Payton would be Miami who looked at one point to be leading the race for Matt Flynn. But how do you choose between the 26 year old Flynn who looks a brilliant prospect but has only played a few games in the NFL or the 36 year old 4 time League MVP Payton Manning. The safer bet for a play-off run next season is Manning but in 5 years time Flynn will still be playing but Manning is unlikely to be still playing and how is Mannings neck. I know Flynn’s neck hasn’t had major surgery on it so its in a better state than Payton's. If im Miami I would build threw Flynn. The New Head Coach of Miami is the old Green bay offensive co-ordination so with Flynn being Rodgers understudy at GB it makes sense for Flynn to go to Miami but Payton might be interested. Miami has a history of Quarterbacks such as Marino but Manning could put his stamp on a Miami crowd desperate for something, ANYTHING to cheer for. I saw them cheer a 2nd down last year (true story). Plus who in their right mind could turn down Miami? Its bloody lovely.
Then you have New York Jets. The Jets do this with everybody. When Manning is retiring you watch them move for the next big old guy like Big Ben or Phil Rivers. If im Payton the challenge of taking over the city that his younger brother Eli is in (Eli plays for Giants and Payton could play for Jets) would be enough for me to sign for the Jets. They are an ok team with a shocking Quarterback but what happens to Sanchez? Redskins anybody????? Payton isn’t going to an NFC team but there is nothing to say Sanchez wont but maybe the seahawks would be a better fit for Mark Sanchez who wouldn’t have the pressure that comes with the big teams like Redskins or Jets. Plus I expect Redskins to pick up RG3 in the draft.
A lot of teams need quaterbacks this season and for the 1st time in a long time there seems to be enough to go around. Sure someone is going to have to field someone like Sanchez or Palmer but there will be quite a lot of teams that wouldn’t compete usually but their new QB has changed things.
At this time I would like to thank Hines Ward for his time with the Steelers. As a Steelers fan I have enjoyed some of his best performances. He is a steeler through and through and im sad to see him go on the clubs terms and not on his own. with the salary cap the way it is it favours the vets and the amount of vets that the Steelers have we cant pay them all. Ward was a casualty of that but im sure he will be ok. I wouldn’t have a problem seeing the guy turn up in a Rams or any non threatening team next season. He has a few more catches in his career yet. The question is can he take the hits still. The hit in the Broncos game was heavy.