Peyton to Chiefs? Bring his friends

Whether or not the Chiefs are a going to be a serious player in the chase for QB Peyton Manning remains to be seen.

They can be a factor, and a big one. Of the teams that might be in the chase, none has more money available to use under the salary cap than the Hunt Family franchise.

It’s going to take more than money, or at least more than the money that gets paid to Manning. But there are a lot of different ways to spend some of that salary cap excess to help the quarterback without giving it directly to him. Here’s one way – sign Manning and then sign some of his friends so he’s not so lonely. From the Colts offense of the last decade are a number of players that will become free agents next week:

  • C Jeff Saturday.
  • T Ryan Diem.
  • WR Reggie Wayne.
  • WR Pierre Garcon.
  • WR Anthony Gonzalez.

Saturday was Manning’s center for the last dozen years he played, reason enough to bring the 36-year old veteran of 12 NFL seasons in to keep snapping. The Chiefs are one of the few teams where a guy with that experience at the position could be considered going young. Saturday would replace Casey Wiegmann, who is 38 years old and a veteran of 15 seasons. Diem spent most of his 11-year career with the Colts starting at right tackle, although he was a right guard last season. At wide receiver, Wayne is an 11-season veteran, Gonzalez has played five seasons and Garcon four years. Already on the Chiefs roster is Ryan Lilja, who played in two Super Bowls with the Colts over his six seasons with Indy.

Sign Manning, bring in some of his friends, and suddenly the transition to a new offense gets juiced.

Just sayin’.

20 Responses to “Peyton to Chiefs? Bring his friends”

  • March 7, 2012  - Mark Blue says:

    The only one we should have any interest in is Garcon.

  • March 7, 2012  - el cid says:

    Not so sure?

    Where would the money come from? What do we do with Bowe, Baldwin, and Breaston?

  • March 7, 2012  - Rich Davis says:

    Totally agree, Bob. And, love the speed of the site!

  • March 7, 2012  - Petey says:

    Like to see Saturday out of that group and make Hudson a Guard for the time being.

    IF we were going after Mr. Manning.

  • March 7, 2012  - redandgold says:

    Hey why not. The New England way is not working out so well, maybe the Indy way will.

    The only two that I would like to see in red and gold is Manning and Gonzalez. I like Garcon, he reminds me a little of Boldin, but like cid said we have our recievers

  • March 7, 2012  - el cid says:

    Sorry guys, if they sign Manning, I would jump for joy but just do not see the fit. We play outside, his best was indoors, we have missing parts, he would be good to great but does not fix our other needs. Pioli seems to be trying to get the Chiefs to be NE, not really Manning style, is it?

    Money, a factor, Hunt/Pioli rep, a factor, new HC/OC, a factor. Last years walking wounded, how well are they, a factor. Is he ready to practice much less play, what if he has to rehab until Oct, a factor. RT and C, a factor, TE, cannot stay healthy 16 games, a factor.

    Just do not see the fit. Honestly, I do not like even saying it, we are not good enough to be in the running.

    No hate here but you need to look at the Chiefs from ourside Jackson Cty limits. This team is perceived to have issues, on and off the field, not a good thing when you are competing for Free Agents.

  • March 7, 2012  - Petey says:

    I concur Cid that I don’t think PM will end up in KC, however where I disagree with you is that we may have one of the most talented teams on paper that and I think he would be a great fit with us. Our WR corp w/ Bowe is good; our TE (when healthy) is good; our RB is good and I expect us to bolster that position in either FA or the draft. Our biggest hole is obviously the Oline and I think we will get it shored up (maybe that’s just my rose colored glasses, but I can’t, neigh, won’t believe that Pioli will let us go into the season w/ what we have).

    Again, I don’t see that it’s going to happen, but I do believe we have one of the best, if not the best situations for him if he wants to come here.

  • March 7, 2012  - el cid says:

    Got to tell you I heard something that makes a Manning signing more of a possibility. Clark would make tons of money…..That’s right follow the money. All those $250.00 empty seats are sold within a week. Every day, every hour a story about the Chiefs on ESPN and the NFL Channel. All that red gear being sold all over the world with Manning’s name on back. We would not be America’s Team, we would be the World’s Team. The biggest thing since sliced bread.

    There would be a likelyhood of better free agents coming to town. Our players game would pick up. It would be a win-win.

    All that said, doubt Pioli has the cojones to do it even if Manning was interested. We are stuck between a rock and a hard place, and it is very uncomfortablt.

  • March 7, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I think if Clark told Pioli that he wants Manning and do everything you can to get him, Pioli would at least work out a package to present to the Manning camp. The latest odds from Vegas were 21/4 for us to land Manning. We are tied with the Jets. Miami at 2/1, Skins at 13/4, and Seattle and Arizona at 7/2 are ahead of us. I still think we are a long shot, but who knows.I heard the same thing that el cid regarding the premium seating and other financial benefits Manning would bring to Clark, plus the possibility of a champonship.

  • March 7, 2012  - Petey says:

    I really don’t think it’s going to come down to Pioli’s cajones Cid….I really believe it’s going to come down to where he wants to play (I know, no kidding). We could quite possibly offer him more money than anyone else and have PM not feel like this is the place he wants to be.

    It would be fun to have the Chiefs back to rock star status though like we were when Montana came over. A guy can dream…..

  • March 7, 2012  - el cid says:

    The only hope for the signing of Manning (granted everything you said, Petey)is Pioli selling the Chiefs as his best option to finish his career on a hight point with a team that is young, talented, and a QB away from dominance. Can Pioli sell or chose to stay on the sidelines? That is a bigger issue than the other factors.

  • March 7, 2012  - txchief says:

    KC will be a tempting destination for Manning due to the prospects of winning IMMEDIATELY. He’s not just about money, and he’s never been looking to be involved in the media spotlight or locker room soap operas. Many around here crassly accuse Hunt and Pioli of making decisions purely on economic grounds, but I don’t completely agree. Winning is definitely very good for business, and a Superbowl(R) victory is purported to be worth around a BILLION dollars to team’s bottom line. That number should get any owner’s attention, regardless of his prime motivation. KC is a win-win-win situation for Peyton, the fans and the ownership. Bring it on!

  • March 7, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I would love to rekindle the fun of watching a master at work and our team having true relevance in the league again. It would be fun. Clark and Scott are you listening?

  • March 7, 2012  - Petey says:

    I’m not sure how you can say that Manning is not just about money, because he’s been just as guilty of it as any other pro athlete. You do realize that one of the reasons he is now a FA is because he signed the RICHEST contract in NFL history, right? He HAD to get more money than Tom Brady, so I don’t think it’s fair to paint Mr. Manning as someone who all the sudden will play for ‘the love of the game’. With that being said, I will reiterate what I said before in that I don’t think it will be all about money and winning will be a huge part of it. But make no mistake, Manning will want to get his.

  • March 7, 2012  - johnfromwichita says:

    I can’t tell you how many “fans” I see in the Arrowhead during the game that just set there. No yelling. No clapping. They just watch the game. Why not stay home and watch? I lose my voice for two days after the game. Loudest staduim in NFL? Not lately. Bring Manning and it’s back. That would be worth long drive.

  • March 8, 2012  - el cid says:

    John, there is a time when fans act but then they get old, age wise. It is time for the next generation to step up and be the voice of the fans. Look at GB, the fans from Lombardi’s days are not the nutty guys and gals in the stadium last year.

    Our problem is the team has not been good for a few years, on and off the field. Hunt and Pioli, no matter how you view them, tend to stay in the office and not try to pump up fans (by action or verbage). Club level empty, fire ticket director and get another. Fans have their season tickets and if they can still afford them, will hang on but there is an edge, sit and wait for something good to happen because the Chiefs are not doing all that much to inspire them.

  • March 8, 2012  - johnfromwichita says:

    Cid, sadly, I think you maybe are right. It’s not the same as before. But listen, old guys can still make noise. Walk down any aisle in a nursing home and you’ll hear a loud old guy. I like to think they’re saying “Go Chiefs”!

  • March 8, 2012  - el cid says:

    Strange I always thought they were asking for a beer and see something naked?

  • March 8, 2012  - johnfromwichita says:

    Nah. I,ve learned , the hard way, that people living or visiting a nursing do not want to see ANYTHING naked.

  • March 9, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Brian Billick, Mike Golic, and today Damien Woody have all said the Chiefs are the best fit for Peyton.
    cid, you ought to let them know how wrong they arer and how right you are ;)

    By the way, our Chiefs were AFC West Champs in 2010. In 2011, we lost our starting TE, Pro Bowl SS and RB by week 2 and our Pro Bowl QB in week 9. We missed the playoffs by one game.


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