Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 1/12/12

With the Indianapolis Colts “winning” the 1st pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, it seems that they are poised to select Andrew Luck as they should.  Luck has been described as the best QB prospect since perhaps their current QB, Peyton Manning.  Peyton, who missed the entire 2011 season with a neck injury, is hoping to successfully recover, as he will be ready to play next year.  Despite owner Jim Irsay denying reports that the Colts are entertaining offers for Manning, it seems inevitable that their will be some trade talk, or at least rumors of Peyton being traded.  Although Peyton is turning 36 years old in March, and is coming off a major injury late in his career, he still is one of the best QB’s in the league.  He still has plenty left in the tank, and if the Colts are ready to start the “Andrew Luck Era” this upcoming season, then there are plenty of teams around the league who would be interested in acquiring the future Hall of Famer.  Here is a list of potential teams.

1. New York Jets

It seems that every off-season the New York Jets try to make a splash.  They tried and failed this year with Asomugha, but they were able to acquire Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, and LT the year before.  With the Jets failing to make the post-season for the first time in Rex Ryan’s tenure as Head Coach, many wonder if its time for them to move on from Mark Sanchez.  Since drafting him in 2009, Sanchez has been the downfall of this Jets team.  Despite being one game short of the Super Bowl in two consecutive seasons, they have had one of the weakest passing games in the NFL.  Sanchez has been inefficient with a career 73 QB rating, and he is rarely able to pick apart any defense downfield like all the elite QB’s. New York fans are the most impatient in sports, and making a trade for Peyton Manning is a type of move the NYJ organization would not hesitate to make.  Peyton Manning would easily make the Jets contenders for a ring.  The only problem here however, is that the Colts most likely won’t trade Peyton to an AFC team.

2. San Francisco 49ers

After finally making the playoffs for the first time since 2002, the 49ers received consistent play from QB Alex Smith, who prior to this season, was labeled as a big time draft bust.  While Smith is a very efficient starting QB, there is no comparison between him and Peyton Manning.  Partner Manning with the best defense in the NFL, then you have a serious contender, even more so then this season’s team.

3. Miami Dolphins

This is another AFC team, and unlike the Jets, they finished below .500 this season, but this still would be a good fit.  After finishing the season 0-7, the Dolphins looked like serious contenders to be recipients of the 1st pick in the upcoming draft.  They eventually turned things around, as they finished the season 6-3 behind the stellar play of Reggie Bush and their defense. Matt Moore proved to be an upgrade over Chad Henne this season, however there is no way the Dolphins organization envisions him in the long-term future.  Peyton in my opinion would welcome a trade to Miami, where he would play in a much nicer and warmer city then Indianapolis, and he would get to play with good support in Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall.

-Blewis

 

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