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Titans fans start campaign for Peyton Manning

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We’re still waiting for official word on Peyton Manning’s future with the Colts, but some Titans fans are already trying to lobby the former Tennessee Volunteer to come back to the state.

There’s a website, comehomepeyton.com, devoted to the cause that’s asking for donations to erect billboards and run radio ads in Indianapolis encouraging Manning to come back to the Volunteer State if he’s done with the Colts. The site also features some song parodies, including a reworking of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” that works a lot better than it probably should.

Some of the impetus for the campaign seems to be a column by Tennessee writer and radio host Clay Travis making the case for why the Titans need Manning. Travis argues that the Titans offense is good enough to go to the Super Bowl with an elite quarterback and that Manning’s presence wouldn’t retard Jake Locker’s development any more than Matt Hasselbeck’s. Hasselbeck signed a three-year, $20 million contract before last season. With a healthy amount of cap space, the Titans could pull off dropping Hasselbeck and adding Manning if they so desired.

The issue, of course, is whether Manning is healthy enough to make any of these efforts worthwhile. That’s the big X factor in the growing cottage industry of Peyton speculation and all the song parodies in the world aren’t going to make a difference until there’s an answer to that question.

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15 Responses to “Titans fans start campaign for Peyton Manning”
  1. JackLeone says: Jan 30, 2012 11:44 AM

    I know the Titans fans won’t like this but there has to be something about Manning that the Colts don’t like. They’re not releasing b/c they can get Luck. They’re releasing him b/c something is wrong w/ him & they can get Luck.

  2. rc33 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:51 AM

    Dude’s likely to retire but go ahead and knock yourselves out with billboards, radio ads, etc..
    If I was an owner looking for a QB I’m not sure how I’d approach Manning’s free agency.
    36 years old and coming off a potential “one hit and it’s over” injury; risky, risky move. And with that in mind, exactly how much do you pay this guy?
    If he had a clean bill of health obviously I’d view it differently but as it stands right now….

  3. southpaw2k says: Jan 30, 2012 11:56 AM

    Shouldn’t the debate be more about whether Peyton will even be able to play football at all versus where he’s going to play once Indy releases him? I can’t understand why any team would want to consider investing in him at his age and with those health concerns.

  4. coltsfan88 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:58 AM

    Well, it looks like I’ve found one more reason to hate Titans fans…they are acting like Peyton being cut is a foregone conclusion.

  5. guestsinger says: Jan 30, 2012 12:01 PM

    Uhm, have they heard about his neck?

  6. gotitan says: Jan 30, 2012 12:14 PM

    Bring him on!

  7. neovenator250 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:16 PM

    I’ll just point out that Peyton’s home is here in New Orleans…

  8. lemmam says: Jan 30, 2012 12:21 PM

    1. make sure Peyton is physically able to play. 2. get a life

  9. NFLJunkie says: Jan 30, 2012 12:39 PM

    …and that Manning’s presence wouldn’t retard Jake Locker’s development any more than Matt Hasselbeck’s.

    You mean, except for the fact that if they go after Manning (assumes he’s healthy enough to play in 2012), they’ll pretty much be obligated to start him — otherwise, what are you signing him for? — whereas Munchak has already opened the door (at least a crack) to Locker taking over for Hasselbeck as soon as this year if he has a good enough offseason?

    It’s not like Manning has proven himself as a good mentor to young QBs, either.

    I definitely think signing Manning impedes Locker’s devleopment.

    Maybe Bud Adams and those annoying fans who wear their UT orange to Titans games every year especially when the Colts are in town, name their kids and their dogs Peyton, etc., would still think it was worth it in the short term.

  10. shecklesmckenzie says: Jan 30, 2012 12:42 PM

    Nashvillian here: Clay Travis is Nashville’s lame version of a shock jock. He stirs up controversies for no reason other than to stir up controversies. He spends the majority of his time bashing UT, praising Vanderbilt and fanning the flames of whatever non-story is out there. No reasonable and logical (yes, there are some here) sports fan takes him seriously. He, like most radio hosts are paid to do, jumps the gun on stories simply because there is nothing better to talk about on Nashville sports radio.

  11. mwcarolina says: Jan 30, 2012 12:45 PM

    ok, Titan fans (or shall i say, the Titan fans who actually are campaigning for Peyton Manning), i got ONE question for you! WHY??? Why do you want an older player who is returning from a terriable injury when you have Hasselbeck (who’s also not young) and you have a QB with a TON of potential in Jake Locker?? honestly, i am a huge Locker fan and think he’s ready to start next year if you need him too, the Titans should NOT get Manning.

  12. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:46 PM

    I live just north of Nashville and I’m surrounded by Titans fans and let me tell you, them people aint the smartest

  13. chadmurdigan says: Jan 30, 2012 12:59 PM

    It’s SuperBowl week and all the red meat we’re being thrown is about Peyton Manning. I guess he and Ursay plan to hijack the headlines for the next six days. So borrring… unlike Farve, who could still play, Peyton’s done. I just don’t understand why so many people don’t realize it. He’s done. He’ll never play another down.

    He’s too smart to go out and risk a wheelchair or worse for the rest of his life and all he’s doing right now is seeing if Ursay is stupid enough to pay him another $28,000,000.

    When the Colts release him, Manning will retire, get a cushy commentator’s gig, and resume filming commercials for everything from credit cards to panty hose. Then he’ll have some time and energy to also take care of his young children.

    Predicting Peyton’s future isn’t rocket science. Just common sense.

  14. sdb0ltz says: Jan 30, 2012 1:50 PM

    All I know is my Chargers released some guy named Drew Brees after speculation that he wasnt recovering well from a shredded throwing shoulder.

    I think ive heard, once or twice, that he ended up recovering quite well…

  15. southpaw2k says: Jan 30, 2012 4:11 PM

    sdb0ltz says:
    Jan 30, 2012 1:50 PM
    All I know is my Chargers released some guy named Drew Brees after speculation that he wasnt recovering well from a shredded throwing shoulder.

    I think ive heard, once or twice, that he ended up recovering quite well…

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    Two major differences between Brees and Mannings. One, Brees’ recovery went on schedule, even though his injury was quite serious. Manning’s recovery, however, has been much more problematic, which is a big part of the reason as to why the Colts will part ways with Manning to begin with. If Manning were to attempt playing again and got hit in just the right (wrong?) way, he might not be able to walk again, much less play football. Brees’ injury definitely was a major question mark too, but the other important factor comes into play here: each player’s respective age.

    Brees was 27 when he was coming off his shoulder surgery, so he stood a much better chance at being able to recover fully from such a surgery and play football again. Manning is already close to the end of his career at 36, so a team who might consider investing in him despite all the health concerns had better feel like all they need is a quarterback to win a championship.

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