Reports are surfacing that if Peyton Manning is released by the Indianapolis Colts that the Washington Redskins would be seriously interested in signing him. If his health is 100%, which is a huge question mark considering he’s recuperating from three procedures on his neck, then it’s the right move for the Shanahan regime.
Let’s do the math…Mike Shanahan has three years left on his contract to coach the Redskins; Peyton Manning, who turns 36 years old in March, probably has 3-4 years left in his Hall of Fame career. Coach Shanahan has one more chance to find his solution at quarterback…the brain trust swung and missed on the trade for Donovan McNabb, and the Rex vs. Beck experiment was an unmitigated disaster. If the Redskins want to move up to the #2 spot to have a shot at Robert Griffin III, they will have to deal away multiple high draft picks. And that’s to draft an unproven commodity in the pros. Griffin looks like the real deal, but the list of top 5 QB busts in the NFL Draft is WAY longer than the list of chicks I scored with at Towson. By the way, nice 0-17 season for the Towson Tigers hoops squad.
If Peyton Manning is interested in facing off against lil’ bro Eli twice a year and playing in the most overrated stadium in the NFL, then the Redskins have to be uber-aggressive in their pursuit of him, once he’s released by Indy. Shanny is feeling the pressure of his 11-21 mark in his first two seasons in Washington, and is in desperate need of a franchise signal-caller. Coach Shanahan no longer has the luxury of time on his side; he has to be well aware that another 5-11 or 6-10 season would probably be his final one in DC. And let’s be honest…Shanny really doesn’t care about the “future” of the Washington Redskins…at a maximum, he cares about the next three seasons.
So, if you’re Shanny, do you roll the dice on an unproven college superstar, or do you hand the ball to one of the top quarterbacks of all time? Seems like a no-brainer; you pull the trigger on Peyton Manning, assuming he’s healthy and you don’t have to mortgage multiple future draft picks to do so. Peyton would look pretty good in burgundy and gold, but I’m going to hold off on buying my kid a Manning jersey…he still has an $85 McNabb vintage jersey collecting dust in the closet.