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.