Peyton Manning will allow himself one week to decide on which NFL team to play for next season. The four-time MVP was recently cut by the Indianapolis Colts after quarterbacking the franchise for 14 years. He missed the entire 2011 NFL season after neck surgery last September and was due a $28 million bonus if the team decided to keep him.
Multiple sources have confirmed that the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and New York Jets have already been in contact with Manning’s representatives. It’s been rumored that 12 teams in total will reach out to Manning before the week’s end.
“I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me, how this process works,” he said in a recent interview. “I don’t know if it’s like college recruiting where you go take visits. I mean, this is all so new to me.”
Manning previously stated that he would prefer to remain in the AFC. Both the Dolphins and Jets organizations can be viewed as appealing to the future Hall of Famer, which would most certainly strengthen the rivalry between him and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Stay tuned.