Now That Peyton Manning Is A Free Agent, He Should Sign With…

I know its March and I should be focusing on the NBA and NCAA March Madness since we won’t be seeing any important football for almost 6 months, but the fact that one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history will be officially released from his team tomorrow, does warrant a special post. I didn’t have a blog [or hell even the internet or a computer] when Joe Montana left the 49ers and joined the Chiefs, so I’m making a concerted point to make sure I cover Peyton Manning officially leaving the Indianapolis Colts.

Now I’m NOT gonna fill this blog with niceties and insightful platitudes about Peyton’s legacy because we all know how great he was and hopefully still is. What I AM gonna do is cut to the chase that we are all wondering – what team should Peyton Manning sign to? Now the general consensus amongst the “experts” is that his best choices are essentially Miami, Washington, Arizona and MAYBE the New York Jets – but I think there are 3 teams NO ONE is discussing that would make FAR better landing spots for number 18.

These choices will seem slightly crazy to most of y’all, but REALLY take a second to think about it:

Team #3 – The Atlanta Falcons

Now I already hear you saying “What about Matty Ice?!” and the truth is, Matt Ryan MAY become a really excellent quarterback somewhere down the line, but the time for Atlanta to take advantage of their unique talent is RIGHT NOW and Peyton would help in ways Ryan simply can’t. Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner do NOT have many more years in the league and once Atlanta loses them, they are back to being a regular run of the mill team. If Peyton joins that team they will probably have the most explosive offence in the entire NFL. They can then use the draft to secure some defensive linemen and create the 2012 “Dream Team.”

Yes it would suck to lose Matt Ryan, but let’s be honest: His playoff struggles HAVE to make you wonder if he really has what it takes to win big games NOW.

Team #2 – The Houston Texans

Now there’s the obvious revenge factor Peyton would get by playing on the Texans and beating up on the rebuilding Colts twice a year, but the bigger point here is that Houston is a team on the verge of Super Bowl contention. Even without Peyton they are unquestionably the best team in the AFC South right now and with him they would become the most complete and talented team in the league. Wade Phillips has coached up the D to number 1 in the NFL, they just signed star RB Arian Foster to a long term deal and Andre Johnson is still one of the top 3 WR’s in pro football. Add to that a great O-line and you have a team already willing to win a Super Bowl.

What about Matt Schaub you say? My response is simply this – what about him?! The oft-injured QB is no where NEAR an elite quarterback so his role is easily questionable. Where Schaub makes the Texans a playoff team, Manning would all but guarantee a trip deep into the playoffs [assuming he’s 100% healthy].

and finally…

Team #1 – The Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens 10+ years of defensive dominance will soon be coming to an end. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis have 3 years left each AT MOST and then they will be sauntering off to the Hall of Fame. This team is ready to win NOW, but more importantly they HAVE to win now. But here’s where Manning comes in – their current QB Joe Flacco has wildly overpriced himself to the Ravens front-office staff by asking for, well, Peyton Manning money and they simply are not eye-to-eye on what is proper compensation for him. Signing Manning would kill two birds with one pay check – they upgrade their QB [which has been their biggest position of need] and they avoid having to pay loads of guaranteed money to the QB they are unsure of, but paying loads of money to a QB that will earn every cent back to them on the field and through ticket sales.

Picture the Baltimore Ravens, a team that only needs 14-17 points from their offence to win games, having Peyton Manning, Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. Then Picture Peyton pulling Reggie Wayne and Jeff Saturday there to join them.

In one word: Unstoppable.

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When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.


  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    03/07/2012 at 5:52 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, What Team Do YOU Think Would Be The Best Fit For Peyton Manning Now That He's A Free Agent?

  2. Jason H

    03/07/2012 at 7:40 AM

    None of those teams even have legit interest, but the Ravens would be great. I hate all this talk to Miami/Seattle and some other teams who still will be shit with him.

  3. Paul B.

    03/07/2012 at 8:57 AM

    Interesting idea, especially the Ravens who are a quarterback away from winning it all. At this point, he's not the Peyton of about 5 years ago that, with team tweaks here and there, could get there in 2-3 years, so he needs a defense in place to lessen his responsibility so the Ravens or 49ers would be possible fits.

  4. Jason H

    03/07/2012 at 9:06 AM

    The Ravens are currently talking to Joe Flacco about a long-term contract extension. When someone asked general manager Ozzie Newsome about his interest in Manning, he laughed like it was the best joke he had heard at the NFL combine."

  5. Jason H

    03/07/2012 at 9:07 AM

    "The Falcons are committed to Matt Ryan as their franchise quarterback. He has produced a winning record in each of his first four seasons. He hasn't won a playoff game, but the Falcons aren't about to scrap him for a short-term fix."

  6. Jason H

    03/07/2012 at 9:08 AM

    "They don't have the money and Manning doesn't move the way the Texans need a quarterback to move in their bootleg-heavy system." Texans

  7. Jason H

    03/07/2012 at 9:08 AM

    Interesting article about where he might land, the qoutes I provided were taken from this source.

  8. ATLienSince82

    03/07/2012 at 10:18 AM

    I got two damn fingers crossed he comes to the Falcons!

  9. MistaHarsh

    03/07/2012 at 5:03 PM

    Isn't there such a thing as a salary cap? that scratches a lot of teams right there…

    He wants to play against his brother in the Super bowl not the NFC championship. That scratches ALL NFC teams

    I think he's going to Miami not because Bush and Marshall are there but because Peyton is a CONTROL FREAK and who's more ripe to be controlled than a first year head coach?


    Peyton's taking his talents to South Beach…

  10. loubelleadams4

    03/09/2012 at 8:14 AM

    This is actually his decision and I think many people will also have their own opinion about this. I am sure there will be people who wants to be involved in here. CZ 858

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