Peyton Manning-to-Kansas City rumors to make Broncos increase bid?

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The Peyton Manning sweepstakes continues to consume the NFL world and Denver fans, many of whom are clinging to hope that the Broncos have a legitimate shot at attracting one of the greatest pro quarterbacks this side of John Elway. The latest rumor: The Kansas City Chiefs are pressing hard for Peyton, which may force the Broncos to do likewise.

The source of this buzz appears to be 1510 AM/Mile High Sports Radio host Brandon Spano, who tweeted the following:

This same theme was struck yesterday by former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese during an appearance on 102.3 The Ticket. Griese argued that the prospect of Manning signing with the Chiefs, a Denver division rival who the Broncos must play twice a year, could be devastating. As such, he implied that Elway and company need to come up with a bid attractive enough to prevent Manning from making a new home at Arrowhead Stadium.

Of course, the Chiefs landed an all-time-great QB once before, trading for Joe Montana in 1993. And while he didn't hit the heights he did during his San Francisco glory years, Montana managed to lead the Chiefs to the AFC title game his first year, and the squad returned to the playoffs in 1994, Super Joe's last before retiring in the spring of 1995.

Yet the Chiefs have the same problem as the Broncos do when it comes to romancing Peyton -- convincing him that they're a brilliant signal-caller away from Super Bowl contention. Yes, Kansas City is only one year removed from a playoff appearance, but last year was a dispiriting mess for the franchise, which wound up turning to Kyle Orton for help -- a sign of desperation if ever there was one.

Even if reports about a formal contract offer are accurate, then, the Chiefs remain a long shot, behind Miami, Washington, the New York Jets and a slew of other outfits. As such, the Broncos need to make decisions that are best for the long-term health of the team rather than reflexively doubling down simply to keep Manning out of Kansas City.

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securid80
securid80

This article cracks me up....Washington is already out of the picture and no way he is going to New York and compete for media time with his brother....

securid80
securid80

Peyton isn't going to the cold and windy Denver.....not a good fit...

Illini0003
Illini0003

windy Denver??? um buddy have you ever BEEN to denver? One of the least windy cities in the country

lunkwill
lunkwill

 Perhaps he'll go to the sunny beaches of Kansas City?

Mbman10116
Mbman10116

Hardly. the Chiefs are one of the favorites. Manning doesn't want to play in the NFC and the reason the Chiefs didn't wipe the floor with the division last year was the injuries that happened. Key players who will all be back for the beginning of the season. The Chiefs are a quarterback away from possibly winning the AFC division as a whole

lunkwill
lunkwill

You're right that the Chief's need a QB - the only reason the Broncos didn't mop the division even more is that we had the Chief's QB for our first 5 games...

Unless the Chief's new QB is Jesus (or Manning ... same difference) the Chiefs are one good QB away from 3rd place in the AFC West.  I won't even count the ass whooping they'd still take from the Ravens, Steelers, Patriots, Texans and next year's Bengals...

Vincent2668
Vincent2668

Chiefs win West even without Manning this year.  They win the AFC with him.  I don't see how anyone can say Den, AZ, or Miami have better pieces in place to put around Manning.

lunkwill
lunkwill

Man, the Chiefs fans have been huffing too much barbecue sauce around here.  There's a reason Denver sent 3 times as many "pieces" to the Pro Bowl as Kansas City.  Because the Broncos have more... pieces.

And speaking of our Pro Bowl running back, I hope you don't think Jamaal Charles is coming back a star after his blown ACL - ask Terrell Davis if they come back the same.

lunkwill
lunkwill

You will see Peyton in a chiefs uniform at the same time the pig you see flying is caught throwing snowballs at unicorns in hell...

Brian
Brian

i disagree...but that was funny!

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