Let the Peyton Manning Media Frenzy Orgasm Begin ! ! !

Say what you will about the guy but Manning is nothing if not a humble, decent guy. At least looking at him from the outside. His press conference (with owner Jim Irsay, a possibly awkward scenario) was short, sweet, and heartfelt. They both understood the realities of the situation, and the inability of the Colts to take the chance on signing him back. This really does harken back to the Joe Montana/Steve Young situation. Too bad Joe couldn’t quite handle it with the same amount of class. The curious thing is, no one is really sure if Peyton will even be able to play again, let alone be the offensive force he once was. There were questions about Montana’s health, but they weren’t nearly this inconclusive as this deal. Montana went on to have a couple strong years in KC, but they were interspersed with injuries and in the end, disappointment. The breathless media (well, ESPN) at this point is pencilling Peyton for 5 more HOF-type seasons. This of course is based on shakey video that was supposedly taken of him throwing with a helmet and pads on.

Beyond that, Peyton is going to be the most talked-about free agent until he signs with someone. The hype machine will be cranked up to 11 very shortly. Peyton’s available to begin the wooing process at 1:00 pm PST. According to the Talking Heads out there, about 28 of the 32 teams are in the hunt. I think it really comes down to 5 teams. Miami, the Jets, AZ, Seattle, and Washington. Seriously, the 49ers are a non-starter in all this. Miami appears to be the front-runner, for no other reason that it’s location being close to Louisiana, and the fact that Manning has a home near Miami already. Washington, and crazy Dan the telemarketing man, could very well throw something like $75 mill for a 5 year deal for Manning based on nothing but his overarching desire to fling money around like a drunken sailor. The Jets are making a lot of noise about signing him. Kind of interesting, because it certainly is a big kick to the oblongs for Mark Sanchez. The franchise would be relegated to the bench to wait for inevitable injury that Manning would suffer, and would then get right back in there as the starter. Teams like Seattle and AZ have little/nothing to worry about QB-wise to take a shot. Kevin Kolb’s huge deal, and subsequent suckage notwithstanding.  

That being said, I don’t feel that AZ or Seattle stand much of a chance. Manning has been an AFC guy his whole career, and to jump across the country AND switch conferences doesn’t feel right. I think the front runners as of now are Miami and the J-E-T-S.

Lastly, if this is any precursor to the other HOF QBs that have moved late in their careers (Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Brett Favre), it doesn’t bode well. Johnny U and Broadway Joe were shells of their former selves, and didn’t do shit. Montana and Favre did well enough for their last couple seasons, but in the end fell short for whatever reason.  So, where do you think Peyton lands?


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26 Responses to Let the Peyton Manning Media Frenzy Orgasm Begin ! ! !

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t everyone post all at once now…

  2. Del Mar Dennis says:

    That was the best press conference I ever watched. Hell. I even got choked up at the end. He’s a special guy that Manning. I don’t think he’s finished. Peyton’s got another 2-3 “elite” years left in him wherever he goes. I’m not even going to get into the Manning/49ers thing — I don’t have the energy.

    Some other FA news to report: Jason Cole from Yahoo! Sports reports the Niners are in pretty deep with Vincent Jackson. That would be a coup. He also reports that the Seahawks are very serious and determined to get Mario Williams and, yes, Peyton Manning as well. We’ll see…

    • Nipper says:

      I imagined Dennis talking to his horses in the stable before he cleaned up after them. “I love you guys!”

  3. unca_chuck says:

    For what it’s worth, it was good to see both Irsay and Manning acknowledge that fact that there was no clear way to keep Manning without seriously compromising the team. That kind of understanding is rare in the sports world. I mean, really, the Colts are in rebuilding mode. With or without Manning. He IS better off going somewhere else at this point. It frees up money to get other guys to retool their aging players, and to work Luck into the pros.

    I really don’t see Seattle as an option. If anything, the NFC West has nothing but punishing defenses. He’d be under fire from the get-go. Not that the AFC South is that much easier, but he is much more familiar with those teams.

    VJJ’s on the radar? He’s the kind of head-case guy that Harbaugh must love to work with. Word is, he’ll be one of the first guys to sign a deal, so whoever he visits is likely the place he goes.

  4. snarkk says:

    Wherever it is, it’s gotta be warm or indoors.
    Miami or Arizona lead that pack. I don’t get some that say Houston should play this game. Why? Schaub is young and very good, why F that up with Manning? The Niners have more reason to get into this game than Houston. Seattle is too cold, too far out of the loop, and Peyton doesn’t seem the kind of guy to go for Pete’s brand of BS. Jets? Sparano is now there, he’s a run-oriented dude as OC, I don’t see a good fit. Plus, Ryan is a tool, Peyton doesn’t suffer tools gladly, plus I doubt he wants to fight his little Bro for NYC bragging rights. They settled that back in the shared bedroom and playroom years ago — or did they?…

  5. Flavor says:

    Flavor said, on March 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm (Edit)
    5 reasons why the NIners don’t even try to sign Manning:

    1)Harbaugh develops QB’s, he doesn’t sign expensive washed up injured QB’s
    2)Manning’s nerve damage hasn’t improved. He can’t throw the ball the way he used to
    3)He’s had 4 neck surgeries. His head could literally be detached from a big hit faster and cleaner than Freddy’s arm might do the same on a throw to first base. And there are few things that could snap off faster than that…
    4)We don’t need him. We’ve got one of the better QB’s in the league right now (assuming we sign him which I’m positive we will)…..
    5) Dan Snyder is going to trip over people to sign him. That dude’s decisions should be *George Costanza’d*—go opposite every time…
    My prediction (and yes, fucking book it): Manning will never again put up a season like Alex Smith’s 2011 season in any of the years he plays from here on out. Don’t be a dumbass and bet on the back of someone’s football card. Manning is done…..
    Harbaugh and TB know all of this, I’m not worried about them signing him for a second. But the dumbdumb KNBR call in guys got me going about this today…….

  6. Flavor says:

    And if Arizona is dumb enough to sign him I’ll celebrate wildly. Aldon taking him out in the first quarter? The good news for Payton is that he won’t be able to feel the hit, at least in his fingers……..

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah. Good points about the Jets, Snarkk. Miami is perfect in that they are begin for someone to come in and take over. Might as well be Manning. Much like the Niners last year, Miami is rudderless and going in circles. New coach, new system, he could jump right in there.

    Plus he just flew down there right after his farewell in Indy.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Flav, I’d say it’s about 90% Miami at this point. Washington isn’t a good fit with Shanshan. He’s a control freak. Mimai is perfect. new coash, see above.

    • Flavor says:

      agreed, but you aren’t factoring in what a dumbass Snyder is. And he’s got more money than pretty much everyone. I could totally see Washington paying him an absurd contract to play there…….

    • Nipper says:

      He’s a Bleep freak! No way in Washington!

  9. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Flav, you said Manning would never play again. You booked it on more than one occasion. Now he you say he won’t put up a season like Alex did last year. Which one is it?

    Open bottle of booze bet to you and all: If Peyton Manning starts Week 1 next season (regardless of which team) he will throw more TDs than Alex Smith. Come one come all.

    • unca_chuck says:

      He hasn’t played yet, Dennis.

    • Flavor says:

      I will take that bet in a nano second as long as it factors in interceptions too. Just go with alex’s qb rating from last year. I’m fine with that. But he’s got to play at least 12 games next year. None of this 1 and done shit. Or even 10 games. If he’s someone to pay 30 mil guaranteed to then you better get 12+. or how bout an entire season?

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Jesus, you’d think I was drinking . . .

  11. unca_chuck says:

    It’s about control more than money. Well, somewhat. Manning can go to Miami, tell Stevie to get Garcon and Wayne, and run his offense his way.

    Shanahan ain’t the guy to give Manning that kind of control. Seattle? No. AZ? Well, that’s possible but not likely.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Well, we got Jerry Rice adding to the frenzy. Too funny. Jerry also called out Crabs as being too fat and slow.

    Granted, if the Niners were signing the 2007 Peyton Manning, sure. There’s just too much uncertainty to blow up the team as of now.

    • Flavor says:

      Rice looks like an idiot with his Peyton comments. He’s probably right about Crabs, though

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Everyone’s assuming Manning comes back full strength, and goes back in time 5 years.

    I don’t see it happening. And at this point in the game, losing Smith would be a bigger deal than gaining Manning. For all the shit Smith takes, he can take a pounding out there. Manning, like Montana before him, won’t survive the Chilo whiffs, or Norriss ole’s. Well, the hope is those two vanish as well.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      He doesn’t have to go back in time 5 years. It’s all about his health. If Peyton Manning is healthy, there is NO debate. Jesus H. fucking Christ. I need to go punch myself in the goddamn throat for getting into this discussion.

  14. phil fan says:

    The owner in Miami (Williams?) is a wannabe Snyder desperate for attention, willing to throw money around to get it. I voted for PM going to Miami because me thinks the owner there is stoopid and rich enough to actually do it. Miami sounds like a better situation for PM and he’s no dummy.

    VJax coming here would be sweet. We need help at the WR position now…

  15. unca_chuck says:

    No, Dennis, you need to shut the fuck up about it. It won’t happen, so don’t get your panties in a wad.




  16. unca_chuck says:

    The point being, there are NO guarantees that Manning will ever play again.

    You sign Manning, Smith is out, you guarantee throwing $20-$30 mill guaranteed money at Peyton. Plus the $72 mill contract. Oooops. Another couple neck surgeries, and you get the Cappy Kaepernick show.

    Sure, Cappy COULD be decent enough. But blowing up the QB spot after Smith’s year last year is ludicrous.

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