As we all know by this point, there are more than a hand full of NFL teams vying for the Starting Quarterback services of one PEYTON WILLIAMS MANNING. The Indianapolis Colts officially announced the release of Peyton on March 7th-which means teams like the Dolphins--Cardinals--Jets--Redskins and at least 3 other teams are strongly considering giving Peyton a new contract to come play in their city. All I have to say is "pump the brakes homeboy", take my advice and the advice of a few others that I've read in the national media and social internet blogs of late, "don't touch P.Manning with a ten foot pole", his medical condition is to unstable even with a recent doctor's note that says he's 100% cleared to play professional tackle football again, its not worth the investment
Four neck surgeries in a 14 month span for an athlete that plays n the National Football League has no business suiting up and playing and no logical thinking owner of any team n the NFL should be signing any checks over to an athlete that has that type of medical resume, even if that player is a future first ballot Hall of Famer. How soon we forget about other athletes who had to retire unexpectedly cause of similar medical conditions, does Michael Irvin ring a bell? Now I know Irvin plays the receiver position and he gets hit more often than a QB but when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of play between those white lines, its about impact and the way the NFL is being played today--players are faster & stronger--the contact risk outweighs the benefits
I don't think there has been enough said or enough opinions expressed as it relates to Peyton quitting the game of Football and moving on with his life. It would be sobering time for the NFL, albeit brief, if Manning decided to do that but I believe every fan that loves the sport would truly understand if Peyton decided to 'hang em up' for good; he's closer to anyone in the league at becoming fully or partially paralyzed off one clean or otherwise hard hit and I can tell u this: if it was hard watching Peyton say goodbye to the Colts organization and the fans it would be 100 times harder to watch him being carted off the field on a stretcher, motionless, next season, if in fact he does decide to resume his career--which all signs points to him doing
Stay away Peyton-don't come back-you have nothing more to prove and more importantly-Owners don't fall for the Peyton politically friendly correct Manning charm and talent, it won't pay off in the long run (literally and figuratively), at the end of the day/contract all you will have is a physically broken down overpaid Peyton (hopefully he can still walk upright) leading your team to another first round playoff exit (like P.M. did so regularly with the Colts, when he was younger and more skillfully sharp) and you'll be trying to convince your fans and front office personnel that signing Peyton was still a smart move even though he brought you no Super Bowl Championship and your still searching for a 'franchise' quality quarterback (hint hint: Dolphins and Redskins)
The real question that needs to be asked and that nobody seems to bringing up; why did Jim Irsay (owner of the Colts) pony up so much money to an aging unhealthy quarterback who was on the back end of his career? Last year Irsay gave Peyton (who was coming off his 2nd neck surgery) a ridiculously high salary built contract that you normally would give to a franchise QB that's 25 not 35, which is one of the main reasons they had to cut Peyton and not keep him-which meant they could have tried to work out an easier transition from him to Andrew Luck (who the Colts will be picking first in the 1st round of this years draft) with Peyton still on the team...the Colts were on the hook for $28 million-owed to Peyton-if they didn't cut him before March 8th. The Irsay family put themselves in this awkward position with Peyton, by overpaying him last off-season, so I have zero sympathy for that organization...