On the same day Peyton Manning officially left the only professional home he’s ever had, his representatives were contacted by 12 of the NFL’s 32 clubs, multiple sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals were among the teams to reach out to Manning’s representatives on Wednesday.
The Broncos also planned to inquire about the four-time MVP’s availability, a source told Schefter earlier, and see if he has interest in coming to Denver.
For their sake, the Chiefs must proceed carefully. The path to Manning goes through a minefield, one that can leave the franchise badly wounded if they take wrong steps. For the sake of the Chiefs Nation and those folks that buy tickets, club seats, luxury boxes and sponsorships, it comes down to this for Hunt and Pioli — if they want Manning, they had better make sure they get him. If they are going to step to the plate, they cannot afford to swing and miss.
They can’t lead the Chiefs Nation on the merry ride of chasing Peyton and then at the end shrug and say “we tried” when he heads off to another team.
Stuff Peyton Manning full of Boulevard Pale Ale and a Z-Man sandwich. Show him pictures of Arrowhead Stadium on a crisp fall Sunday, play video of Jamaal Charles rushing through the line and Tony Moeaki’s catch against the 49ers in 2010 and — put this one on loop — Dwayne Bowe’s circus grabs in Indianapolis.
Kansas City Chiefs: Lots of offensive weapons to like, with running back Jamal Charles, wide receivers Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin, and tight end Tony Moeaki. The Chiefs are just two years removed from an AFC West title and finished last season with the NFL’s 11th-ranked defense. Manning actually would make sense here, but the front office seems sold on quarterback Matt Cassel and the outdoor stadium isn’t ideal.