Add the Chiefs to the long list of teams interested in Peyton Manning if the Colts decide to part ways with the veteran quarterback.
While GM Scott Pioli wouldn’t talk about the possibility of signing Manning, who missed last season because of neck problems, head coach Romeo Crennel was a bit more revealing when asked about the quarterback.
“We can’t talk about players under contract with other teams,” Crennel said, referring to the NFL’s tampering rules that prohibit clubs from discussing players on other teams. But then Crennel added, “With a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he’s available. I’ll leave it at that.”
Crennel will have some interesting decisions at quarterback. Incumbent starter Matt Cassel, who missed time last year with a thumb injury, will be back. Kyle Orton, who helped Crennel get the permanent head coaching job with his late-season win over the Packers last season, is a free agent the Chiefs would consider re-signing. Crennel said there would be an open competition between Orton and Cassel if both are on the roster.
If Manning is signed, then he would obviously be the starter.
And the Chiefs aren’t completely eliminating the possibility of drafting Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. They’d have to make a bold move in a trade-up, however. The Chiefs have the 11th overall pick in the first round, and it’s likely that Griffin will be taken with the second pick, which is currently held by St. Louis. The Rams are soliciting offers for the pick, since they already have a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford.