I’d like to play devil’s advocate for a moment, if I could.
Eli is fresh off his second Superbowl win over Tom Brady and the Patriots, his star has never been brighter and there’s even legitimate talk of his ticket to Canton being punched. Meanwhile, big brother Peyton is getting the medical green-light and the not so subtle media war between he and Colt’s owner Jim Irsay has further clarified what we and our grandmothers already knew- Peyton will be looking for a new team.
I’m not saying that Peyton is the best, or even the second best option for the Redskins as they fire up the search lights for yet another quarterback-seeking expedition. But the thought of seeing Archie’s boys battling it out in the NFC East just makes the little fan-boy hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
Who knows? Maybe we’ll get to see this play out. It wouldn’t be the first time Dan Snyder has opened up the check book for a guy like Manning. That is- a veteran with considerable question marks and whose best years may well be behind him. But hey, This is Peyton Manning we’re talking about here.
It’s the Redskins ownership’s move. If Manning is available and it comes down to a bidding war, don’t be surprised if money begins falling from the skies over the beltway. It would be nearly unprecedented to have brothers with the pedigree of the Manning family playing on division rivals and don’t act like you wouldn’t want to see how this little slice of family drama would play out.
While it might be fun for us watching from the couch on Sundays, I shudder to think what it might do to the Manning family Christmas dinner.