Many teams are going to want to get their hands on a quarterback like Peyton Manning this offseason, but as a free agent (as of today), Manning is going to have his say on where he goes. And not every one of those teams have what it takes to get the former Colts quarterback.
As Scouts, Inc’s Matt Williamson takes a closer look at who matches up well with Manning, he says the Kansas City Chiefs would make a great home. Matt Williamson writes:
The Chiefs also would be a great fit. They could release or trade Matt Cassel while using a lot of free-agent and draft assets to improve their already talented roster. Of course, they also get some superb young players, such as Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki, back from injury. As with the 49ers, Manning wouldn’t be forced to do as much with the Chiefs as he had been with the Colts. Plus, Kansas City plays in a weak division. Adding Manning should make the team the clear favorite to win the AFC West, if not more.
But, without a quarterback of the future on the roster, if Kansas City swings and misses on this acquisition, it could cost it dearly. Cassel is mediocre, and probably always will be, which could make the Chiefs too complacent in terms of finding a replacement or successor. It’s time for them to be aggressive.
The team has already said that Matt Cassel is going to find some new competition in training camp, but it’s unknown who the team is officially interested in. They’ve been linked to Kyle Orton and Chad Henne as well as Manning, but there’s a definite heirarchy as to those three. It will be interesting to see if Manning is interested in a scenario a la Joe Montana when he signed with the Chiefs.
Check out more about Manning and the Chiefs over at Arrowhead Pride.