Cakes’ Takes: Pull The Trigger On Peyton

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.

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  • Tom

    Does anyone in this town remember the disaster that was the Donovan McNabb experiment? McNabb was a sure fire HOFer when he left Philadelphia, they had an issue with a QB behind him (a la Favre and Rodgers), and really had to move McNabb. The Skins took the gamble and it blew up in Shanny’s face. Here we are 2 years later, and it seems the punditry in DC has placed the blinders on. For a team to move a HOF QB there must be a reason, buyer beware… Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, and it sounds as though those at Redskins Park would like to…

  • JT

    This would be an absolute idiotic move for the Redskins. They DO NOT have the offensive line to protect Manning. The guy is coming off of what was almost a career ending neck injury. McNabb was a scrambler and he still got murdered behind the Skins o-line. Just ask John Beck how many times he got sacked by the Buffalo Bills. He’s still counting and ask Grossman how many time he picked himself up off of the turf!

  • neil kaplan

    As a free agent I have no problem with picking him up. This does not stop us from drafting a qb though.

  • jerms


  • goodfriend

    Well at least I’m a good friend and read your article Cakes. Go punch yourself in your face.

  • tom

    the list of top 5 QB busts in the NFL Draft = 2

  • Los

    Wow it amazes me how everyone is comparing Peyton to McNabb. First off Peyton has never had an questions regarding his work ethic. He is an amazing QB, no we dont have a line to protect him but we have a decent line. Once Peyton got hurt what happened to his O line???? If we can get him as a free agent and continue to improve our team then I am all for it.

  • Los

    Cakes how do you figure that Shanny is not thinking about the future?? if he wasn’t then Nnamdi, Cullen Jenkins and Babin would be a Redskin right about now. Instead he traded down and picked up more picks then we had in the past 10 years combined. He is finally building this team through the draft. Year one he tried by taking a gamble on McNubb, year two he learned his lesson and is building the team. Most of these Redskins fans are turning into Danny boy and wanting to win now and signing every big name in Free Agency. I say let Shanny do his thing and continue to build this team in order for his son to take over.

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