Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne pimping selves as a free agent package deal
In his Monday Monday Quarterback Tuesday Edition column, Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King reports that Manning and Colts receiver Reggie Wayne "would love" to be paired up on a different NFL team in free agency. Colts wideout Pierre Garcon is also mentioned as a potential interested party in this alleged getting-the-band-back-together.
The Colts have fewer than ten days to decide whether to cut Manning or pay him a $28 million roster bonus. Manning did not play a lick in the 2011 season, reportedly had four neck surgeries, and his playing future is uncertain. You realize, of course, that the Colts have the top pick in the NFL Draft with Andrew Luck sitting there at No. 1.
"I'm told at least two potential suitor teams would seriously consider in an attempt to lure the rehabbing Manning if the Colts cut him between now and the March 8 deadline," King writes in his column. "Such a pairing would not only be a plus for Manning, who would love to see it happen, according to one NFL source. But also it would allow (Manning) to go to his new team with one familiar receiving face."
King continues, "I'm told the 33-year-old Wayne, a looming free agent when the market opens March 13, is very interested in the combo platter also."