Friday February 24 2012- According to Bob Fescoe at 610 Sports in Kansas City the Kansas City Chiefs have been in contact with Colts QB Peyton Manning agent Tom Condon.
This has been confirmed by people close to the team and denied by everyone with an official standing. Manning is, at this time, still under contract with the Indianapolis Colts and he and his agent should not be talking with anyone per league rules.
If true, a Manning siging would make a great deal of sense for the Chiefs as they have copious amounts of cap room, and with all due respect to the heart, head, and guts of Matt Cassell, are a top tier QB away from top tier contention.
This speculative move would help explain the recent signing of CB Stanford Routt in what could only be described as a cost-cutting or bargain-basement replacement for free agent CB Brandon Carr. The Routt signing has nothing to do with on field performance only contract size and cap space unless the KC front office is telling the truth and will still attempt to re-sign Carr while using Routt as a nickle back and leverage chip. Routt replacing Arenas makes more sense than Routt replacing Carr.
Rampant speculation, but the Flowers, Routt, Carr corner triumvirate would result in a complete AFC West paradigm shift, pointing the Chiefs squarely at a deep playoff run. Stanford Routt replacing Brandon Carr points the team right back to 8-8.
In the shiny new no-contact league of the QB, with three different passers reaching the previously unattainable 5000 yd pinnacle, loading a defensive backfield would be proactive as well as innovative in the salary cap era. Screw this up and miss on Manning? Well, the world needs bartenders.