For the second time in a week an ESPN employee has sparked Peyton Manning to Washington Redskins rumors.
During teleconference with the media on Thursday to discuss the upcoming NFL Draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper said he keeps hearing Manning to Redskins.
That may be the same grapevine Bram Weinstein heard it through last Friday.
If healthy, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Manning would remain with the team. If not, interesting things could happen.
The other much talked about option among quarterbacks is Green Bay’s Matt Flynn, an impending free agent, who posted a dominating six-touchdown performance in Week 17.
That 480-yard game against the Detroit Lions launched Aaron Rodger’s backup into the stratosphere of popularity among fans of teams needing a quarterback.
But Kiper doesn’t think Flynn’s next stop will be in the nation’s capital.
“Had heard through the grapevine [the Redskins] did not have a high opinion of Matt Flynn,” he said. “I don’t think they would go that route. I kept hearing Peyton Manning for Washington.”
The Redskins currently hold the sixth overall pick in the draft. At that point Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck are projected to be long gone. As such, if the Redskins are looking for an immediate upgrade at the position, free agency seems to be the better option.
“There’s no other quarterback after RG3 to even consider at the early to mid-round first area, let alone the late first as well,” said Kiper. “I don’t see a quarterback figuring at that point.”
— Chuck Carroll (@FNNChuck) January 19, 2012
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