With Peyton Manning’s weepy farewell to the Colts a distant memory already, the focus now turns to where the future Hall of Fame quarterback will play next.
Not surprisingly, the Redskins are counted among the teams who will most aggressively woo Manning. It’s a given that the Redskins are in desperate need of a quarterback, but is four-time NFL MVP with a bum neck the right fit in D.C.?
We offer up three reasons the Redskins should and should not sign the superstar:
3 reasons why the Redskins should sign Manning
• Dan Snyder would be happy.
OK, Snyder has given fans little reason to care about his temperament in general. Yet, in this specific case, Snyder’s smiles would reflect a sold-out Fed Ex Field and a general enthusiasm about the Redskins that has been lacking. It would be fun to have an exciting Redskins team again, if only for a little while.
• The Redskins could address other needs in the draft.
With the No. 6 pick, Washington would need to give up multiple selections to move up to select Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. With Manning, the team could hold steady and select the best available player, regardless of the position. That means LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne could wind up in burgundy and gold, and he just might end up being the best prospect in this draft class.
• Reggie Wayne may join Manning in D.C.
By ponying up for Manning, the Redskins could virtually ensure his top threat on the Colts — a free agent who is expected to follow his old QB wherever he goes — will end up here as well. And receiver is a major position of need in Washington, so the team could kill two birds with one stone with such a signing.
3 reasons why the Redskins shouldn’t sign Manning
• Mike Shanahan wants him.
Not to belittle a coach with two Super Bowl rings, but his record in Washington with quarterbacks in pretty dismal. Should fans trust a person who thought John Beck was the answer last year to suddenly be right about this injured and old quarterback? If Shanahan were wrong on Manning, he’d likely be fired and the Redskins would have to start over yet again.
• Two words: Donovan McNabb.
It’s been less than two years since Washington made the mistake with a veteran quarterback cast off by his old team. Bringing in Manning would seem to be repeating history for an organization that’s better off forgetting the last 20 years. This is why ex-Redskins great Joe Theismann called the idea of signing Manning “silly.”
• The Redskins wouldn’t invest in Robert Griffin III.
It’s true Washington has many needs to address in the draft, but none is more important than quarterback. Griffin could be the answer for a decade, making him worth the price to trade up to take him with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Manning is a short-term answer at best — and would come with such a cost that the Redskins would pass on going after the Heisman Trophy winner whose tantalizing mix of skills makes him a sound bet for a team that needs young offensive weapons.
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