CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – With the offseason officially underway for the Browns, let the silly season begin.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter kicked it off this morning with the notion that the Browns could have interest in Peyton Manning should the Colts decide to part ways with their franchise quarterback.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur is non-committal to Colt McCoy as the starter next season so it stands to reason that the Browns will explore all opportunities this offseason to upgrade the position via trade, draft or free agency.
And they should.
Meanwhile, the Colts are in the midst of a transition.
Jim Irsay showed the Polian brothers the door Monday.
Coach Jim Caldwell’s fate will be determined at a later date.
Indianapolis owns the top pick in Aprils draft. Andrew Luck is waiting for the commissioner to call his name and hand him a Colts jersey.
As for Manning, he missed the entire 2011 season due to a pair of neck surgeries and the future of his career is in jeopardy.
He is due a $28-million roster bonus in March as part of the five year, $90 million extension he signed following the lockout.
The Colts could cut him, which has the potential to be a PR disaster for the organization, and make him a free agent or they could deal him.
Either way, he 35-year old quarterback also would not come cheap via trade or free agency for the Browns.
Manning would certainly cost draft picks which are like gold for general manager Tom Heckert as he continues to rebuild the organization with young talent.
Cash isn’t really much of a concern. It’s the Browns and the NFL – they print money.
Then there’s the whole issue of “dad.”
If The Browns were displeased with Brad McCoy’s comments to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer after Colt McCoy was laid out by James Harrison but not tested for a concussion – how will they handle Archie Manning?
Because the rumor came from Schefter it carries weight.
It also is important and critical for Heckert and the Browns to explore any and all possibilities – including Manning.
But just because Manning might be included in that exploration doesn’t mean that he will be a feasible option.
It might make for great conversation but such a move makes no sense for the Browns.
Peyton’s health makes the move too risky and Archie would be too much of a pain in the neck – no pun intended.
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