Redskins wanted Peyton Manning and top college QB

PALM BEACH, Fla.—The Washington Redskins were interested in signing quarterback Peyton Manning in free agency even after trading up in the NFL draft order to select either Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.

   “There was a definite possibility” of the team getting both Manning and a prized rookie quarterback, Shanahan said at the NFC coaches’ breakfast at the annual league meeting.

   Shanahan confirmed that he and his son, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, met with Manning at Mike Shanahan’s home outside Denver during Manning’s free agent deliberations.

   “It was interesting, fun to sit down and talk football for a number of hours and that’s what we did,” Mike Shanahan said.

Manning’s meeting with the Redskins was first reported by Sports Illustrated. 

Shanahan said he thought having Manning and a highly regarded rookie quarterback on the roster would have created a perfect situation for the Redskins and didn’t believe Manning would have been fazed by such an arrangement. But by the end of the meeting, Shanahan said, he had a sense that the Redskins wouldn’t be able to sign Manning.

   Manning signed a five-year, $96 million contract last week with the Denver Broncos. The Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers also were among Manning’s finalists.

   Shanahan’s meeting with Manning reportedly took place on March 10, the day after reports surfaced that the Redskins had completed a trade with the St. Louis Rams for the second overall selection in the NFL draft.

   “We had a great conversation,” Shanahan said. “I know he gave it a lot of thought.” 

More on Redskins’ quarterbacks:

Sneak peek at RGIII

Hard hits: Which QB is the better fit for Redskins?

Griffin impresses at pro day

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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