Peyton Manning: Five Potential Landing Spots Next Year

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Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) prepares to throw the ball during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning continues to rehab his foot after a torn plantar fascia injury, but with every game he misses, Manning looks more and more like a distant memory.

Peyton Manning entered the 2015-2016 season with three-consecutive Pro Bowl seasons as a member of the Denver Broncos, and fans expected more of the same. Peyton Manning performed well in his first three games of the season, averaging over 250 passing yards per game with five touchdowns against three interceptions. However, after week three, Peyton Manning’s performances fell off the table, throwing just four touchdowns in the next six games.

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In the following six games of the season, Peyton Manning averaged 2.33 interceptions per game against 0.67 touchdowns per game. To Manning’s defense, he battled injury after injury for some time before tearing his plantar fascia against the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning tried to play through the injury against the Chiefs, but he struggled mightily with his mobility. Against the Chiefs, Manning put together the worst performance of his career, completing five passes for 35 yards and four interceptions.

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak decided to bench Peyton Manning for the remainder of the game, and news broke that Manning suffered an injury that required multiple weeks to heal properly. After Manning went down with the foot injury, Brock Osweiler took over as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback, and he led the team to three consecutive wins, with an impressive home win against the Patriots on his resume. 

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With the three wins, Osweiler and the Broncos improved their record to 10-2, all but ensuring them the division title. Osweiler ended the Denver Broncos’ two game skid, with loses to the Colts and Chiefs. With Brock Osweiler’s continued success as the starting quarterback, Peyton Manning looks to be fading in the distance. Gary Kubiak has a tough decision on his hands when Manning returns healthy, because he needs to do what is best for the Denver Broncos moving forward, especially with the playoffs looming.

If Gary Kubiak turns to Brock Osweiler to lead the Denver Broncos for the remainder of the season, Peyton Manning likely wants to be traded for the final season of his current contract. Several teams would love a player of Peyton Manning’s caliber and pedigree, so with that being said, let us take a look at whih teams might welcome Peyton Manning to their squad for the 2016-2017 season.

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