Holy Horsies! Peyton Manning may replace Tim Tebow in Denver
The identity of one of these teams will raise a few people's eyebrows. It may cause other people to drop to one knee and rest their forehead upon their fist.
The Denver Post reports that the Denver Broncos are gauging Manning's interest in playing for them.
"The Broncos are expected to gauge Manning's interest by talking to his agent, Tom Condon, according to an NFL source close to the situation," says the Post. "If Manning's contract can be structured so the team would be protected in case Manning's troublesome neck becomes an issue, the Broncos could well be players."
"It's more realistic than some people know," Schefter said on ESPN. "Denver has a lot to try to sell to Peyton Manning. You have an owner in Pat Bowlen who wants to win."
"You have John Elway, who understands the type of situation that Peyton Manning is in," Schefter continued. "You've got a team with a good defense, that's been known for its running game that has a good, young offensive line. A left tackle in Ryan Clady that can help protect Peyton Manning's blind side, and I think the Broncos can quietly make a push -- an aggressive push -- to see whether or not they can interest Peyton Manning in coming to Colorado."
"I think the one advantage they might have is, I think it's probably more comfortable for Peyton Manning to stay in the AFC than to transition over to the NFC," Shefter said."I'm sure he's open to going to an NFC team. But that gives certain teams in the AFC like the Broncos, like the Chiefs, like the Dolphins, like the Jets -- a leg up that the NFC teams cannot offer."
There has been some speculation that Peyton doesn't want to play in the NFC, to avoid competing directly with brother Eli Manning of the Giants. There is no evidence either Manning actually feels this way, it's just speculation.
Whatever Peyton Manning's decision, Schefter reports we're going to know this decision very soon.
"The sooner Peyton Manning makes (his decision) the better it is for him, and the better it is for other teams around the league," Schefter suggests. "Free agency starts Tuesday 4pm Eastern. And if Peyton Manning has chosen his new home by then, that gives that team a particular advantage in targeting certain free agents and figuring out how to work the cap. And it works to Peyton Manning and the team's advantage if the two sides can figure out a deal by Tuesday."
We've all by now considered that it's going to be weird to see Peyton Manning in another NFL team's uniform.
But we're going to see it, and we're almost surely going to see it within the next five days.