And now things just got real, the San Francisco 49ers have emerged as another team in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. This comes after the Titans have put forth a “lifetime” contract, and the Broncos have offered a 5-year, $60M for the future hall of famer. The 9ers have already made a big splash in signing WR Randy Moss and keeping their 2011 defense pretty much intact, the addition of Manning would make them instant Super Bowl contenders….as long as they can stay healthy and they can retain a decent backup (say Alex Smith) just in case.
Now keep in mind Peyton and Alex Smith have the same agent, and that could put another spin on this. Remember how Smith and the 49ers have been back and forth on a new deal, 49ers want to give 3, Smith wants 5. More than likely Smith wants 5-years simply because he wants 5-years, but there’s also the possibility that Smith knew the Niners would be interested in Peyton and that he may have known Peyton would listen.
I don’t know, all sorts of theories and scenarios are out there, but all I can say is that if Peyton goes to the Niners, they are simply the most dangerous team in the league….as long as Randy acts right. It just depends on what they have to offer and what Manning is actually after, and I don’t think it’s money…how interesting would it be if the guy coaching Peyton Manning next season is the same man that was his predecessor in Indianapolis?
Manning has notified the Dolphins they are out of the running, and rumors are swirling the Cardinals are out as well, so it’s down to Denver, Tennessee and San Francisco.