Peyton Manning: Five Potential Landing Spots Next Year

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Nov 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 29-10. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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A couple teams come to mind for potential long-shot landing spots for Peyton Manning: the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, and Detroit Lions.

The Dallas Cowboys are looking for additional quarterbacks and even exercising the idea of letting Tony Romo go after the season. With Tony Romo’s riddled injury history, the Cowboys need viable options that stay healthy. Outside of this year and his neck-fusion surgery, Peyton Manning stayed healthy throughout his career, and he presents a chance for the Cowboys to get back to the playoffs. With Dez Bryant and a solid offensive line, Manning has a chance to succeed in Dallas; although, it is highly unlikely he goes there. 

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In addition to the Cowboys, the Falcons are talking about parting with Matt Ryan after this season, due to his down season. The Falcons would need a filler at quarterback, so with one year remaining on his contract, the Falcons might find Manning as a viable option, albeit slim. With a balanced offensive attack, Peyton Manning would not be asked to do too much. Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones offer dominant weapons at their respective positions, and Manning could turn the ancillary pieces on the offense into studs. However, the Falcons likely stick it out with Matty Ice next season.

Finally, the Detroit Lions are in the same situation as the Cowboys and Falcons, with Matthew Stafford proving inconsistent over the past couple years. The Lions talk about potentially dealing their former first overall pick to develop a more rounded team, so could they look to deal for Peyton Manning? Imagine a Lions team with Peyton Manning and Calvin Johnson hooking up. Both are in the latter-end of their respective careers, so why not continue to pad their statistical outputs?

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The Denver Broncos have not committed to Brock Osweiler as their starting quarterback of the future, but he offers more upside to a team built to contend. If Peyton Manning gets relegated to the bench, expect the Denver Broncos to deal him over the offseason. With a name like Manning hitting the market, more than likely, every team will inquire about his services. Although it is a tough decision, the NFL is a business, and it requires tough decisions to ensure success. The Peyton Manning era in Denver may, very well, be over after his most recent injury.