There have been several posts and plenty of talk about the Chiefs signing Peyton Manning. Some of you want Manning more than anything. I personally would rather us trade up for RGIII unless certain things turn out to be true. The one thing that seems to ring true for most all of us is that we all want to make a move at QB. Matt Cassel seems like such a good guy, and that makes it so hard to not want him to be QB. And when you throw his story into the mix,......well, let's just say that I am a sucker for a good story. Either way, we need change.
Then there is Orton. I am a supporter of us signing Orton. I am a part of the camp that believes that Orton has never been in an optimal situation. I know he statistically wasn't great in his 3 starts, but I like what I saw and have seen in the past. I believe that he can really move the offense after he has developed more chemistry.
Now to Peyton Manning.
While I have been checking AP, it is usually late at night after all of the good debate and commenting is over. So I want to throw my 2 cents in.
I am afraid of Peyton Manning. You want to know why?
There are several reasons.
The first is Peyton Manning's availability in the first place.
If Peyton is the same Peyton we have known him to be on the field, then why would Indy let him go? I know many are thinking "the Colts are going to get Luck!" That's probably true. Drafting a premier QB prospect is an almost perfect situation. But you know what is the perfect situation? Drafting a premier QB prospect while having a future HOF veteran in the house to tutor him up until he is ready to hit the ground running.
Why are they letting him walk after signing him to a huge contract last year? If I am not mistaken, he was hurt when they gave him the contract. (I am sure that someone will correct me if I am wrong.) If that's the case, what has happened between now and then for the Colts to release him (if they do release him)?...they could have just not given him the huge contract. Again, some could make the luck argument. I believe that the Colts expected to be bad if Manning wasn't playing, but I doubt that they thought they were going to be "first pick of the draft" bad. So I have to question it if they let him go at all.
Next is the money. It is not likely that Manning is going to come cheap. There should be no way that we trade for Manning. But even if we sign him after he is released, he will likely cost us alot. Even if he is healthy, he is still likely to be a stop gap. I am not saying that we are, but if we do decide to sell the farm, at this point, I would rather risk it on a young draft prospect whose first name is RG, and last name is 3.
Finally, his health.
Unless he is dirt cheap, we are taking a huge risk. Even if he can still make all the throws with the same zip, can he take a hit? Will he be able to do it for the whole season? A neck injury is no joke. And 3 surgeries? I have seen posters say if the dr.s clear him, then he can play. I have 2 words "PRIEST HOLMES". Again, if Peyton comes cheap then go for it.
Those are some serious ifs. With all that said, I would love to have a healthy Peyton Manning playing for the Chiefs. I know that any player can get hurt, but it is a lot more likely with a 36 year old who has had 3 neck surgeries. If they can get Manning for cheap, then go for it, but I would hate to not have Orton available if Manning does get hurt. And I don't see a scenario where we get RG III and Manning.
Many players on our team are entering, or currently in their prime. The window could be short if things don't work out this season. We could change GM's, which would likely change philosophy, coaches and everything else that is currently developing sending us back to square 1 again. I just feel like alot is riding on this season. Our defense has the ability to be spectacular. I don't want those windows to close while taking a huge risk on a QB who possibly only has a few years left in the tank.
But you all know by now that if we do sign him, I will be first in the "support the QB line.". So for now, we just have to wait and see.