Thursday, March 15, 2012

Peyton Watch

Is Manning an executive in the making?
As we have all undoubtedly heard, Peyton Manning is a free agent. It is rumored that at least 12 teams wanted Manning, with 4 teams emerging as the leaders, those being, Miami, Denver, Arizona, and Tennessee. Each team offers benefits, but Tennessee may have played a huge power card. It is reported that the Tennessee Titans have apparently guaranteed Manning a position in the front office after he retires as a player. This is a huge leveraging by the Titans. I have to wonder if this practice would even be approved by the league. We have all seen how the league reacts to things they don't like, even if there is no rule against it (of which I am not sure, more research needed). To me, Manning looking for a guarantee like this would make me all the more worried about his arm strength. It will be interesting to see if any other teams are willing to make an offer like this. In the end, Manning is literally leading these teams around by their noses. This is leading to a slippery slope, with teams destroying relationships with not just quarterbacks, but other players and even executives. This has stopped being just a big free agent signing and turned into a three ring circus. I for one will be glad when this is over.

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