Before the Washington Redskins put themselves in position to draft Robert Griffin III they wanted another quarterback: Peyton Manning. And Manning was interested enough in them that he scheduled a meeting with coach Mike Shanahan.
But two years later Shanahan knows it was probably a long shot. With brother Eli Manning playing for the New York Giants Shanahan knew it would be tough. It was a notion suggested at the time; it's one that Shanahan says was true -- at least after talking to Peyton Manning.
“I really had a strong feeling after talking to Peyton” Shanahan said. “Any time you have a brother within the same division that wasn’t going to happen. And so even though I enjoyed spending time with him my gut was understanding from a family standpoint it would be very tough to come within the same division.”
It also became irrelevant after the Redskins traded for the No. 2 pick in the draft putting them in position to select Griffin.
“That sort of changed things” Manning sai...