If Marshall Faulk is on the money, you can rule out the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and any other NFC club that potentially could have interest in Peyton Manning.
Not gonna happen.
Not according to Faulk, anyway. The NFL Network’s Rich Eisen reported that Faulk said Manning will not choose an NFC club as his next team. The reasoning? Manning doesn’t want to potentially compete for a spot in the Super Bowl with his kid brother Eli Manning, who has two Super Bowl titles to Peyton Manning’s one.
Is it that or does Peyton Manning see an overall easier path to the Super Bowl from the AFC? Plus, if he stayed in the AFC he could compete directly against his former team the Indianapolis Colts to block them from reaching the Super Bowl.
We’d be a bit surprised if Peyton Manning wants to rule out so many potential suitors right now. The first rule in developing a hot market for him is to get as many teams as possible involved.
But it’s a theory worth thinking about, that’s for sure.
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