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Who should target Peyton Manning?

With Manning cleared to play, these five teams should take a close look

Originally Published: January 30, 2012
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Peyton ManningJason O. Watson/US PresswirePeyton Manning could still have a big impact for the right team in 2012.

A couple months ago, I was asked for my take on where Peyton Manning should end up given that the Colts were close to a lock to clinch the No. 1 pick. It's no slight to Manning, but I've maintained all along that Indy should be willing to take Andrew Luck even if Manning was healthy, because they know better than any franchise right now that locking in a good, healthy quarterback is paramount for the long-term success of an organization.

Since then, it's become clearer that Luck is a part of the near future in Indy, and that the Colts really can't keep both Luck and Manning for reasons mostly financial. With Manning now medically cleared to play, here is a list of teams who should be -- not necessarily who are -- interested in him.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst