ESPN's John Clayton is the latest to weigh in on the future destination options for Peyton Manning in this new free agent period, and the Kansas City Chiefs are listed among his top three "fits" alongside other popular listings like the Seattle Seahawks and the favored Washington Redskins.
Clayton writes, "After moving $19.8 million of remaining cap dollars over from 2011, the Chiefs have $34.1 million of room. Subtract about $9.4 million for the franchise tag given to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs already have said they have interest in bringing in a quarterback to compete against Matt Cassel. Signing Manning would end any competition, but it would excite the Chiefs' season-ticket holders and bring a buzz to the franchise."
That last bit would immediately raise the stakes for the Chiefs in free agency with other veterans who would want to be a part of the franchise on the rise. There's not a single team in the AFC West who has taken the reins and made everyone else flinch, but this move would certainly do it.
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