The latest where in the world does Peyton Manning want to play? rumor has a calculating quality, the kind that would likely turn off Colts fans if buzz turned to fact. This report includes a not previously linked team, one that made the playoffs this past season.
Whats more, the gossip fits in perfectly with the Peyton-is-playing-for-a-Super-Bowl-only plan. (Please remember that, as of now, Manning remains with the Colts, but the team must pay him a cool 28 million by March 8 or cut ties.)Via Pro Football Talk, Bob Allen with KTRK-TV in Houston said this: Someone I know who is close friends with the Manning family says Peyton is definitely interested in possibly coming to the Texans. Peyton will be released by the Colts early next month and will be a free agent. The person who knows the Mannings says Peyton wants to play on a team that has a chance of going to a Super Bowl, and the Texans fit that description.
First off, the Texans play in the AFC North, same division as the Colts. Does that rivalry reach the blood feud levels in, say, the NFC East? Doubtful, but openly choosing to play for a division foe would surely annoy some Indy football fans. Maybe Colts owner Jim Irsay will invoke the Randy Edsall plan by allowing Manning to leave, but limit his potential destinations.
Now, the Texans already have a solid passer in Matt Schaub, who is recovering from his own injury, though Schaub's was to his foot, not like Mannings neck surgery.
If both are fully healthy, clearly Manning is an upgrade. Moreover, he could do some serious damage with that running game, behind that offensive line, with a certain Pro Bowl receiver and with a defense that stands among the best in football.
The Texans may choose loyalty over upside and stick with Schaub regardless. From Mannings perspective, the Texans represent a much more realistic shot at a Lombardi Trophy than other teams that have been bandied about, such as the Redskins.
Of course, if the Texans showed interest and decided to go with Manning, Im betting the Redskins move heaven and earth and draft picks for Schaub, who threw for many yards under the tutelage of then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
Sorry, Colts fans. just like that, Manning to the Texans makes all the sense in the world.