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Seahawks Are The New Favorites To Land Peyton Manning

Somewhere, Matt Ufford is drooling at the prospect of Peyton Manning wearing neon and silver.

According to Dan Pompei, the Chicagoan sports columnist who does a weekly Sunday piece for National Football Post:

Based on the buzz around the league, the Seahawks could be the early frontrunner for Peyton Manning, assuming he is released. Pete Carroll needs a quarterback and is believed to have a strong interest in at least exploring Manning. The Seahawks could offer Manning an attractive scenario. They have a young team with some fine skill players to put around him. They play in one of the league’s loudest stadiums. Manning wouldn’t be subject to the same kind of scrutiny in Seattle that he would in a lot of other markets.

Pompei also makes the argument that Seattle's team physician, Stan Herring, is one of the country’s preeminent specialists for spinal injuries. Reggie Wayne might also go with Manning as a "package deal."

Former Colts quarterback and Manning friend Brock Huard has already penned an open letter to Peyton, practically begging him to come to the Pacific Northwest. Mike Florio also thinks the Seahawks will land Manning.

Personally, I'd have no problem with it.

Peyton and Reggie in Seattle would be a fine addition to that division. Remember, just two years, the NFC West was a complete joke. If a presumably healthy Peyton and Reggie transplanted to the Land o' Starbucks, that means Peyton would be facing Jeff Fisher in his own division again (Fisher is now the HC in St. Louis) and he'd be going toe-to-toe twice a year against the man he replaced in Indianapolis, Jim Harbaugh.

Also, the Colts do not play the Seahawks in the regular season next year, which is a huge plus. The Colts and Manning must part and go their separate ways. Having them play each other the year that parting takes place doesn't help anything.