"If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don’t do it, then you’re stupid. If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez."...."We can win a Super Bowl with Peyton."
These comments from an ESPN article sighting "anonymous" Jets players sparked a firestorm over the last few days with Indy fans looking for validity to the story while Jets fans were keeping their fingers crossed in hopes it indeed was a glimpse of a deal in the works by some wishful thinkers who are done with "Sanchize." When I saw this story my 1st reaction was laughter. I honestly thought it just a waste of journalism that at best was only intended to draw attention to the possibility of making something out of nothing by planting a seed in the minds of the Jets brass while raising the ire of NY fans who would like nothing more than to send Sanchez packing. Relax Colts fans. This is a deal that is never going to happen. For those of you who think the Jets would offer the "barn" for PMs services, they can't even offer half the "house." Even if they did, Irsay would never trade Manning to an AFC team let alone an AFC rival like NY. So hypothetically speaking, where would Manning go if he's not going to be back with the Colts? As far as trade scenarios go, Irsay and Co would look to the NFC for a deal like this. So what possible teams would be viable suitors for his services? Here is a short list I've compiled:
Keeping Manning's age at this stage in his career in perspective, we can knock off Arizona, and Washington as possible landing spots. Minnesota? Think about it. With the Vikings, Manning would have arguably the best RB in the game at his disposal, a solid defense that would be an improvement over the one he's had the majority of his career here, and a team that is only 2 years removed from a NFC championship loss. Peyton would fit in nicely with the Vikings and would instantly make them the 2nd best team in their division behind the Packers. As nice as that might sound, the team I feel gives Manning the best shot at returning to the SB would be the Cowboys. I know I know you're thinking "what about Romo?" Have you seen Romo throughout his Cowboys career? What about Romo? Jerry Jones is just the Maverick Owner/GM who would pull the trigger on a deal like this if he really felt it would get Big D back into the SB. Jones is about one thing and one thing only: Winning at all costs. If you think he has any loyalties to his players go talk to Jimmy Johnson about that one. If Jones is willing to part with a man who without a doubt was the best coach he's had to date, you can best believe he would cut ties with a QB who to this point can't get past the second round of the playoffs let alone get in them.
Although the Cowboys have been perennial underachievers, they still remain one of the league's most talented teams. With them Manning would have a WR core in Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and TE Jason Whitten that rivals the trio he had here with Harrison, Wayne and Clark. He also would have a solid running game in Felix Jones and rookie Demarco Murray. But the most intriguing thing would be the improved defense with the addition of DC Rob Ryan. Yes, Manning with the Cowboys would definitely be "P nasty."
This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.