So Peyton Manning worked out for the San Francisco 49ers, eh?
I was talking with a few buddies last weekend about which teams are a quarterback away from a Super Bowl berth, and, naturally, San Francisco was our consensus. We were hardly sages for coming to such a conclusion, and we all agreed that Manning would be stupid for not considering the team.
What is not to like for Manning? They have a great head coach, a super strong defense and an improving stable of targets. Michael Crabtree should only get better in his fourth year, especially if he can remain healthy all offseason. Vernon Davis is as dynamic a tight end as the league has to offer, and Randy Moss could be the addition to put this group over the top. All of that is what they currently have on roster, not to mention Frank Gore in the backfield, but Brandon Lloyd could rejoin the team. San Fran's offensive line is respectable, too.
Manning needs to man up
One more reason why Manning would be attracted to the 49ers is how weak the NFC West is. On the downside, some reports say he doesn't want to play in the same conference as his brother and that he'd like to have the opportunity to face him in a Super Bowl. He'll have to settle for a conference title matchup instead.
It is surprising that Alex Smith has yet to sign his contract offer from the Niners, but what is most interesting to me is that he and Manning share Tom Condon as an agent. Could this all be a ploy for Smith to command more money from the 49ers if they "lose" out on Manning? If it isn't, he better sign that deal in a hurry before Manning agrees to terms, as Smith's market would be next to nil outside of the San Francisco.
Unless it is all about the money to Peyton, he would be foolish to not sign with the 49ers.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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