michael-garcia - March 16, 2012
The Tennessee Titans and owner Bud Adams really want Peyton Manning. So much so, that Adams has reportedly offered to make Manning a Titan 'for life,' and said he'll put him in the front office once he's done playing. As profootballtalk.com points out, that could be a little weird for the guys that currently have those jobs.
Manning is still deciding where he's going to sign, and this offer is probably giving him pause. Peyton did play college ball at the University of Tennessee, and his wife is from Memphis. But the question is whether or not signing with the Titans makes football sense or not.
The Titans were 9-7 last year, their first winning season since 2008. Stud RB Chris Johnson had the worst year of his career after signing a huge deal. Johnson's previous lowest rushing total was 1,228 yards in his rookie season.
Johnson only managed 1,047 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2011. If he can get back to his 2,000 yard form, then he and Manning could be a lethal backfield combination.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 3,571 yards with no real receiving stars, though Nate Washington did pull in 74 catches for 1,023 yards and 7 TDS. Johnson was the team's second leading receiver with 471 yards. Tennessee would definitely have to upgrade their outside threats to help Peyton out.
The Titans defense was 8th in the league in points allowed. If they have Manning running the offense, you have to figure that would be plenty good enough because he can always generate more points, alleviating some pressure on the defense.
Manning is said to have narrowed it down to Denver and Tennessee. The advantage Denver has is being in the AFC West, which is weaker than the AFC South, making it an easier road to the playoffs. Peyton will most likely keep that in mind, because at this point he's only thinking Super Bowls. He needs to cement his legacy with another ring, and he also can't let his little bro be the best QB in the family.
Article by Eric Gray