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Peyton Manning

Hell, everyone else is doing it, we might as well too.

Quarterback Peyton Manning getting released by the Indianapolis Colts relates to the Green Bay Packers in three ways.

First, his landing spot immediately alters the balance of power in the NFL. If he signs with a decent NFC team like Arizona or Seattle, the Packers chances of returning to the Super Bowl diminish.

Second, Manning’s destination impacts the Matt Flynn‘s free agency. Miami, where former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is now coaching, was expected to be in the race for Flynn. So were Washington and Seattle. All three teams will reportedly turn their attention to Manning now, with Miami looking like the favorite. Flynn will still sign somewhere else, but his prospects just got dimmer.

Third, is this thought. Colts fans are probably going through similar emotions today as we were when the Packers released Brett Favre. Even though a lot of us where tired of the circus and Favre’s whiny, selfish ways, we lost someone who helped resurrect our franchise that day. The Colts will lose someone who helped build their franchise today.

After saying all that, let’s handicap the race for Manning.

1. Miami Dolphins — Miami has a solid defense and a decent receiver in Brandon Marshall. They have an offensive-minded head coach, play in warm weather and, hell, they play in the new sports capital of the east — home of LeBron James and Jose Reyes. What’s not to like about the Dolphins if you’re Peyton Manning? The only apparent negative is the competitiveness of the AFC East and the fact he’d be facing New England and Tom Brady twice a year.

2. Arizona Cardinals — Like Miami, the Cards have a solid defense and an even better receiver in Larry Fitzgerald. They have a proven head coach in Ken Whisenhunt and they play in warm weather, which is something you’d figure Manning would consider a positive after playing his entire career in a dome. Although Arizona doesn’t have the ‘it’ factor of Miami, they do play in a much easier division. The biggest question is their offensive line, where they’ll likely have to release left tackle Levi Brown.

3. Denver Broncos — Replace Tim Tebow?! How dare we even bring up the notion?! Let’s be realistic for a moment. Tim Tebow is a joke as an NFL quarterback. Peyton Manning makes this team a Super Bowl contender. They have a good offensive line and their defense gets after it. They can also run the ball. It doesn’t hurt that John Elway is in the front office, either. Coach John Fox will defer to Manning offensively. The only think that sucks for Manning is he has to play in Denver.

4. New York Jets — Yes, they have Mark Sanchez, but don’t think they wouldn’t jump at the chance to add Peyton Manning. The Jets have more talent than anyone on this list. That includes a good defense, solid running game and a receiving corp that features Santonio Holmes and tight end Dustin Keller. The move would put both Manning brothers in New York, which could be a positive or a negative for Manning. The biggest negative going for the Jets is their head coach, Rex Ryan. Can you really see Manning putting up with that dog and pony show?

5. Seattle Seahawks — Sure, the Seahawks are close to the playoffs and they play in the NFC West, but the only reason they’re really on this list is because they’re said to be prepared to throw boatloads of money at Manning. We just can’t see Peyton Manning in a Seattle uniform. It’s not because Seattle isn’t a great city, it’s because of the makeup of the team. Their line is suspect and you can bet Manning, who’s 36, isn’t keen on picking himself up off the turf very often. You have to wonder about their receivers too. Sidney Rice, who’s the best of the bunch, can’t stay healthy. Something tells us Seattle doesn’t have the talent in the right places to sign Manning.

Let the madness begin.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. I Got Woodson March 7, 2012

    I can see Arizona except for the fact that they paid a king’s ransom for Kolb. It’s hard to believe they’ll just swallow that and move on.

  2. geopack March 7, 2012

    Where’s the Washington analysis? You know how Snyder loves to spend.

  3. DD March 7, 2012

    Colts fans will be upset for a total of, like, 5 seconds before they move on with their lives. The obese, illiterate, ice-fishing retards of Wisconsin will still be whining and moaning for another decade about how much they hate Favre for leaving. They’ve got nothing else to live for.

    1. iltarion March 7, 2012

      Good point. There is so much more to live for in Indiana versus Wisconsin. HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Especially if you like wide open grass fields and windmills.

      Favre was traded. People don’t hate him for leaving. They hate him for being an A-hole. Get it right.

    2. Savage57 March 8, 2012

      Congratulations. You’ve moved to the top of the asshat list.

      Anyone who has lived in Wisconsin will tell you that our retards rarely ice fish, are occasionally overweight but never obese and compared to you would be considered erudite and well read.

  4. AZ Pack March 7, 2012

    Wow, DD. Let me guess, you’re a shit bag from Chicago or just a douche that likes to wear purple and some gay ass horns.

  5. Hacksaw March 7, 2012

    Hmm… well I’ve lived in Minnesota (Twin Cities) for eight years and there’s plenty of obese, illiterate, ice-fishing Viqueen fans that whine about every aspect of their shit franchise. The only good thing about the twin cities is the abundance of work, otherwise it’s a cesspool of dickhead Minnesotans. As a matter of fact all my co-workers from Minnesota say how nice Wisconsinites are. So fuck Minnesota, fuck the Vikings, fuck the Bears, GO PACK GO!

  6. iltarion March 7, 2012

    Take the Broncos out and put the KC Chiefs in, and you’d have a pretty good list.

    Didn’t I see the Broncos in the 2nd round of the playoffs last season? Yeah, I don’t see them as a serious candidate.

    The Chiefs have the cap space, the running game, the defense, and a very good WR core. Matt Cassell is coming off injury and was hardly a franchise QB before that.

    Their division is weak. Give them Manning and they are a shoe in for the playoffs.

  7. MC March 7, 2012

    Arizona looks to be a good place for Manning. Probably depends on how much guaranteed $$ Kolb is owed.

    And I am a bit surprised that Frisco wants to sign Smith and not go after Manning. Smith has very little upside, IMO.

  8. Madcity Packer Fan March 8, 2012

    DD you fat, illiterate, ice fishing pile of douche! Colt fans are going to learn what it is like to lose they’re QB when they can’t develop Andrew Luck.

  9. Clayton March 9, 2012

    Your article presumes Peyton will even be any good. Regardless, he’s not going to be a stumbling block for Green Bay with a shored up Defense, you dumb fucking tool.