After his release by Indianapolis on Wednesday, quarterback Peyton Manning was reportedly contacted by about a dozen NFL teams. Las Vegas site Pregame.com has already weighed in with its odds on where he'll end up, and much to Giants captain Justin Tuck's chagrin, the NFC East rival Redskins are third in line:
The Cardinals have a young and talented defense and a superstar receiver in Larry Fitzgerald. They quickly vaulted to the pole position after it was reported that Manning’s camp put out feelers to gauge Arizona’s interest.
Nothing needs to be said about the appeal of South Beach weather, and the Dolphins also boast a star receiver in Brandon Marshall. The first place Manning went after his release was to his second home in South Florida, fueling the Manning-to-Miami reports.
Owner Dan Snyder can never pass up aging big-name stars who become available (see McNabb, Donovan), and Manning is reportedly no exception. Coach Mike Shanahan has a strong résumé and wants to win now. Manning might be just the guy he needs.
Manning has been linked to the Jets ever since the negative reports about Mark Sanchez’s work ethic emerged in January, and the team has reportedly been in contact with him. Could Manning fit into Gang Green’s boisterous locker room?
7.5%: Kansas City
Manning could follow in Joe Montana’s footsteps and play out his twilight with the Chiefs, whom ESPN’s John Clayton has called a dark-horse contender to land the four-time MVP.
Maybe Manning will pick ... nobody. He may never have it better than he did with Indianapolis. The condition of his surgically repaired neck could also scuttle his return.
Also in the hunt
Seattle, 6%; Houston, 4%; San Francisco, 3%; Denver, 3%; Tennessee, 1.5%; Field (none of the above), 11%