However, if Denver lands Peyton Manning during this 2012 NFL Free Agency frenzy, and the move makes the Broncos a tougher team (as expected), Philip Rivers says he would like to see it happen. The San Diego Chargers star signal-caller told San Diego’s XX 1090 radio, via the Denver Post (PFT reports) that he hopes to see the deal get done because he would covet the challenge of facing Manning twice each season.
“It would make it that much tougher to win the West,” Rivers said. “All the sudden, at least from a media’s perspective, it would become a division that’s not lost in the shuffle like it’s been in years past. I kind of hope that that’s the case just because it’s always fun to play a Peyton Manning-led football team.”
“To play him twice a year that would be a battle like crazy to win the division,” Rivers added. I hope it happens. One thing you know about him, he’s going to be thorough and make the best decision for him that gives him the best chance to go win. And if that ends up being Denver then it will be exciting.”
Earlier Friday, Mike Klis of the Denver Post wrote that all signs point to Peyton picking between the Broncos and Titans. While the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins have exited the discussion, the 49ers have now entered the ranks.
The Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway made a trip to watch Manning throw on Friday in North Carolina and said the free agent quarterback who turns 36-years-old next Saturday “threw the ball great.” The team has already offered him a 5-year deal worth $90 million.
Regardless of who wins the Manning sweepstakes (and I’m starting to feel Denver is the front-runner), Rivers would welcome Manning to the division. In addition, just as Rivers once said adiós to Jay Cutler, he has no problem waving goodbye to Tim Tebow, either.
Verse of This Piece: “Treat wisdom as a sister, and make understanding your closest friend.”—Proverbs 7:4