It’s no secret that Peyton Manning is unlikely to return to the Colts next season. He will either retire or get released by the Colts as they look to be planning a fresh start with a new coach, GM, and Andrew Luck. Let’s say Manning is healthy enough to play, where should/might go?
Reggie Bush, Brandon Marshall and Daniel Thomas, pretty good supporting cast. Add guys like Brian Hartline and Davonne Bess and the potential of drafting a guy like Michael Floyd in the draft should make Miami an enticing situation. He will get a great offensive coach in Joe Philbin and the Dolphins have one of the best and young offensive line, especially with Jake Long at left tackle. The only problem is if they decide to go with Matt Flynn or a young quarterback in the draft like Ryan Tannehill
New York Jets
This is the most unlikely, likely situation if that makes any sense. Manning will step in with the best defense he has ever had in his career and guys like Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller give him good weapons but that’s about it. Manning and Rex Ryan could become a problem and then the biggest problem is Mark Sanchez. The Jets could either trade Sanchez, who has very little value, release him or let him sit behind Peyton for a year or two. Sanchez isn’t the most mentally tough QB and this could mess up his psych if they decide to let him sit behind Manning.
It all starts and ends with Larry Fitzgerald and the weapons he would have around him like Early Doucet and Andre Roberts. He would get to stay in an indoor arena and the team was successful with Kurt Warner. The negative is Kevin Kolb and what the Cardinals decide to do with the quarterback they recently traded for.
Dark Horses: 49ers, Chiefs, Redskins, Seahawks
Where will Manning land? At this pace, it looks like we won’t know until around the draft, where teams like the Dolphins will know where they stand and if Manning can actually play.