Peyton Manning is expected to be released by the Indianapolis Colts today, the franchise he has spent fourteen seasons with in his illustrious career. There will be a serious bidding war for his services with the Jets, Dolphins, Redskins, and Cardinals expected to be the most serious bidders. A lurking dark horse that some commentators has mentioned is our own Kansas City Chiefs. My sources indicate Manning will indeed come to Kansas City. Here is why.
1. Kansas City has a professional football team in the National Football League.
This is an important point. While some may think Manning will head to Omaha, Corpus Christi, or even Cleveland, the fact is none of those cities have professional football teams. While its true that Manning's lifelong passion has been to open a chain of laundromats in the Midwest, he can always pursue that goal after his playing days are over. My guess is he still thinks he needs to play professional football to build enough capital for that laundromat chain, so it helps that Kansas City has an organization that is willing to pay him substantial money to play football.
2. Peyton Manning wants to win, and the Chiefs won more games than any team I saw on TV last year
Peyton is looking for one last chance to win a Super Bowl. What team gives him a better chance to win than the Chiefs? Out of all the games I saw on TV, the Chiefs won the most - seven . The next closest was like the Giants with three or four. I don't know why the Patriots get so much attention because they only won three. If their performance on my TV is any indication, the Chiefs are clearly poised to win a Super Bowl and Manning should get on the train while he can.
3. Romeo Crennel knows Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning wants to go somewhere where he is comfortable, where he knows the coaching staff. Peyton Manning and Romeo Crennel know each other very well after shaking hands after every Colts-Patriots game when those two teams were matching up every season during their peaks. A handshake is a man's word - his bond. Peyton would not go back on his word.
4. Four words - Jeff Francoeur Hunting Trip.