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Peyton Manning, the free agent?


It's just been reported that Manning declined to consider a new contract offer, which is being pushed by Indy's ownership, until season's end. The assumption is that he wants his focus to remain on playing. But what if there's more to the story? What if there's some other underlying reason for putting it off? Regardless, the guy will be the league's highest paid player next season. But it doesn't mean he has to be wearing the same uniform.

How do you not make this phone call? Manning is 34 and has plenty of football left. Comparing him to what we have now is laughable, since he is a dramatic upgrade in every aspect of the QB position. Nevermind the daydreams about what he could do behind the Jets O-line and with our running game and all-star list of wideouts (even though one of them may not return). The move makes sense because we are a team built to win now led by a player who is anything but. Not only that, but trading Sanchez would be painless for any other team in the absence of a salary cap. Same goes for paying Manning, who in any case is worth more than any player on our roster.

Yeah, it's a long shot. A bad year from the Colts would certainly help the cause, though a Monday night win over Houston puts Indy in the driver's seat for the division once again. But you have to make the phone call to find out if it's possible. Manning is a fierce competitor, and if he was convinced he had a better chance to win in football's biggest market? Across the street from his brother? Who knows? We'd be replacing the guy who won least valuable player this week with a Hall of Famer who's been league MVP 4 times. Dial him up, Tanny.

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