If I’m Peyton Manning right now I know my time in Indianapolis has come to an end. I need to understand that football is a business, and there is no way the Colts are picking up my $28 million dollar bonus on March 8th, and there is just no way the front office can do that. Rob Lowe already spilled the beans anyway. They are drafting fellow quarterback Andrew Luck (a young me) first overall in April, and anything else would be franchise suicide. They got rid of everything else from my old regime, including my GM, and brought in a young GM who will be tough enough to cut me and usher in a new era.
Can I still play? I just had two neck fusion surgeries and will be 36 by the start of next season. Do I want to play? I’ve done it all, and made all the money I could ever want or need. Any TV network would hire me on the spot for their pregame show. If I took a job as a quarterbacks coach, I could probably be a head coach by the time I’m 40, I basically was the offensive coordinator of the Colts for the last decade anyway.
But if I still have that hunger and feel 100% once I’m released, many teams will have interest. Plus when my little brother Eli wins his second Super Bowl next weekend and has one more than me, I’m too competitive to not be jealous. Here is what I’m thinking about each team that could have interest:
Jets and 49ers – grouping them together since I’m going to eliminate both of them for the same reason. They both already have young, well payed quarterbacks who have lead them to conference championships in place, and if they bring me in it will destroy the young QB. I can’t play that much longer, these teams know this, and won’t make that mistake.
Redskins – They will throw the most money at me, but this is about winning, not money. They are the least talented team in the division, and do I want to face the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles pass rush six times a season? No thanks.
Dolphins – I fully expect new coach Joe Philbin (former Packers Offensive Coordinator) to bring in Matt Flynn (talented Packers free agent backup quarterback) to run his offense. Near lock.
Browns – I’ve never heard of any of these receivers, and I’m not playing in Cleveland. That’s where every All-Time Great wants to end his career. Cleveland.
The two options that intrigue me the most are:
Cardinals – Larry Fitzgerald is one of the best three receivers alive, and they have other solid weapons in a very winable division. Their quarterbacks are Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, and the staff is in “win now” mode, a bad combo. Kurt Warner went there late in his career and reinvented himself, leading the team to a Super Bowl that they nearly won. I could do the same, but they need to fix their awful offensive line in free agency and the draft.
Seahawks – The leader in the clubhouse right now to land my services. Young hungry team with a fiery coach, winable division, drafted very well the past few years. Solid at everywhere but quarterback offensively, nice core of wideouts, great young offensive line. Hard hitting young defense which surprised teams last year with their tenacity. If I go to Seattle and they draft a pass rusher (check the mock draft in the top left corner for more) we could really make some noise in 2012.