It looks like Peyton Manning is going to be hitting the open market soon. The Colts are sold on Andrew Luck and after cleaning house in the front office, they’re going to part ways with their aging franchise QB as well.
So now the Niners, and about 27 or so other teams are left to ponder whether they should make a run at the 36 year old QB.
On one hand, Manning is coming off of a year-plus injury stay and is very much in the twilight of his career. Do you ditch Smith and make a run at Peyton with the understanding that you will be looking for a new QB in 3 years at the latest?
And that’s assuming that Manning is able to get Harbaugh’s offense down and he is able to thrive in it. Manning is beyond immobile, and if he sees the pressure Smith did in 2011, he might not even make it to the trade deadline.
On the other hand, it’s Peyton freakin’ Manning. Arguably the greatest QB of his era and a guy who can basically act as his own offensive coordinator. Aside from that, the similarities to 1993 Joe Montana are eerie. How perfectly does this line up for Manning to pull a reverse Joe and bring the Niners a sixth title?
It’s definitely a “head says no, heart says yes” situation for me.