The Redskins were said to face a number of obstacles in their bid to sign Peyton Manning, as Washington and several other NFL franchises began their courtship of the free agent quarterback.
“There are a few significant issues” for Manning and his representatives as they evaluated the Redskins’ interest in him, one person familiar with the discussions said Thursday. That person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stopped short of saying that Manning would not play for the Redskins.
But another person with knowledge of the team’s deliberations said the Redskins probably had a better chance to complete a trade with the St. Louis Rams for the second overall choice in next month’s draft. The No. 2 draft pick would position Washington to select Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor.
Redskins officials declined to comment.
The Redskins were in contact with Manning’s representatives, several people familiar with the situation said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions. There was speculation that Manning’s deliberations about a new team could move quickly toward a resolution next week, and some in the league continued to regard the Miami Dolphins as the front-runner to sign him.
The list of other teams said to be in pursuit of Manning includes the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.
The hurdles faced by the Redskins include their 11-21 record in Coach Mike Shanahan’s two seasons and their current lack of a sturdy offensive line and a reliable group of wide receivers.
Manning would have to play his home games in an outdoor stadium with the Redskins. He would have to jump conferences from the AFC to the NFC and would have to play two NFC East games per season against his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
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