Peyton Manning and the Redskins
There’s been a lot of speculation and rumors as to where Peyton Manning will land after the Indianapolis Colts (unless for some odd reason they work something out). One of those places happens to be Washington D.C. After all the free-agent mistakes in the past, would this signing fix all the past-wrongs? Or would it add one more name to the page of disappointments?
The Washington Redskins have been notorious since 1999 at signing big name free-agents to big contracts, only to watch them completely flop on the field. Whether it’s Deion Sanders, Adam Archuleta, Brandon Lloyd, Jason Taylor, Bruce Smith, Albert Haynesworth or most recent, Donovan McNabb. Each of them received a nice paycheck, but not one played close to the level of what they received.
So if the Mike Shanahan decides to bring in Peyton Manning, will this add another chapter to the book? Washington is already ranked #1 on “NFL Networks Worst Free-Agent Signings.” Or will Peyton Manning actually fit into what Washington needs, a quarterback that can groom a rookie, but also get the team back to being competitive?
It’s a big risk for Mike Shanahan, not only for the Washington Redskins, but also his job as the head coach of the team. We all knew it would take time to get the team back to winning and being competitive (which they are starting to do), but in the end it all boils down to records – something the Redskins cannot boast about.
Peyton Manning has been ‘approved’ by his doctors to play again. One of his doctors went as far to say if “Peyton were his son, he’d be comfortable telling him to play.” So is that truthful? Or just a long time doctor of Peyton trying to help him out?
Hopefully his doctor, but more importantly Peyton himself are sure he can play again – because must like Chris Samuels (who left the NFL before withstanding another injury), one more injury could leave him paralyzed for the rest of his life.
A lot of fans, former coaches and players of the Redskins have weighed in on the Peyton Manning rumors, some approve, some are stuck in between and others flat-out hate it. The truth is, each one of them is right, for very well different reasons.
We all know free-agent’s reputations in D.C, we know Peyton does have an injury, but we also know if he’s 100% he can make this team a winner.
Another thing we know is the Redskins are looking at a QB, unfortunately, that QB isn’t Andrew Luck, meaning we will not have an NFL ready QB with the Redskins this season, so the team MUST look for a QB. Unless you are happy with another Rex Grossman and John Beck battle for the starting job.
Remember, in the history of the Washington Redskins, one of their first-round QB’s has done something. Sammy Baugh. The rest have either been bust, haven’t had time to settle in a system or were overall just mediocre. So gambling that a QB that isn’t NFL ready is going to lead the team somewhere this season or next year, would be a big mistake.
Not to say a rookie QB probably wouldn’t be just as good as Grossman, because they most likely would be, but to have one watching Peyton Manning and being mentored by him, would only lead to one thing, a very smart QB for the future.
As long as Peyton Manning is 100% and can pass all the test – not the same test as Archuleta did, I can’t say it would be a bad gamble for the Redskins. If Peyton Manning gets cut, which he should, you do not have to waste any picks to grab him, just need a decent contract – which as we saw with Donovan McNabb, the Redskins are very good at writing up.
If a 100% Peyton Manning comes to D.C, the Redskins will make the playoffs, believe it.
Big thanks to Mitch Miller for the Peyton Manning in a Skins uniform images.