As an introduction, I am first and foremost a Buffalo Bills fan. When I'm not rooting for the Bills, I favor the Chiefs. I like the Chiefs, and like for them to succeed except when they play the Bills. I say that because I cant be called a homer with the slant of this post.
I am sick and tired of all the national press dismissing the Chiefs as a legitimate contender for Manning's services. I don't understand it. Yesterday, Michael Silver wrote about as dumb a critique of the Chiefs as a landing spot for Manning as I've seen. Today on ESPN radio, Colin Cowherd was utterly dismissive of the Chiefs as a landing spot. Other spots (like Houston) are being trumpted as the ideal landing spot. But, there are lots of reasons why the Chiefs might be the best realistic landing spot for Manning.
I dismiss Houston entirely as a team legitimately interested in Manning. Why would they be? Thought supremely talented, Manning's health makes him an unknown commodity at this stage in his career. Add on his age and the fact that he'd be learning a new offense for the first time in his career and what do you get - a lot of questions. Matt Schaub has proven himself to be, when healthy, a pretty dynamic quarterback in his own regard. In his last two full healthy seasons, his performance was substantially similar to Mannings. Add in the fact that Schaub is younger, still under a relatively reasonable contract, and that he possesses far fewer health risks that Manning. Why would Houston dump Schaub for Manning?
Looking then to the other contenders for Mannings services, who can offer more than the Chiefs? The Chiefs can offer the best supporting cast of skill players on offense in Charles, Bowe and Moeaki. The Chiefs offer a top 10 defensive unit that is very much on the rise. Moreover, the Chiefs have tons, and I mean tons of cap room. When comparing possible landing spots for Manning, you have to factor in not only what a team has, but also what they could bring in. Kansas City could easily sign Manning, Jeff Saturday, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark (if he's cut). In other words, because of both the available talent and the teams ability to bring in complementary pieces to Manning's liking, I think KC should be at or near the top of his list. I give PFT credit, since they are about the only one's I've seen who have been reasonable in their analysis of KC as a Manning destination.