Texans could have had Peyton Manning in 2012. They passed on him
For perspective, this is the same Peyton Manning who was just named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, and is a consensus shoo-in to win the league MVP award. Rejecting his overtures are the same Houston Texans with the league's worst record at 2-12, and a train-wreck quarterback situation that will likely earn them the No. 1 overall draft pick. People, those are opposite ends of the spectrum.
But it's true, if you believe KHOU Houston sports anchor Bob Allen, that Peyton Manning wanted to play for the Texans during his 2012 free agency period, but the Texans wouldn't entertain the idea becuase they felt all set with Matt Schaub. Bob Allen says he heard this from Spencer Tillman who heard it from Archie Manning.
"Spencer Tillman works with Archie in New York on CBS on the weekends,” Allen told SportsRadio 610 on Wednesday. “When Peyton became free and clear Archie told Spencer that Houston was his first choice."
If you need to hear this for yourself, the interview is available online.
The Texans, coming off their first-ever playoff season, were the defending AFC South champions. The Arian Foster and Andre Johnson skill player duo was performing at its peak. Statistically, the Texans had the second-best defense in the NFL as well.
Those were the days.
The Texans decided instead to re-sign Matt Schaub to a four-year, $62 million contract extension. Halfway in, Schaub has been benched for Case Keenum and cheered for by his own fans when concussed. (Schaub will start Sunday against the Broncos, however.)
Schaub will not last with the Texans for that full four-year extension. But Peyton Manning could very well still be playing at that point, deepening the hearts of Texas.