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Report: Peyton may be interested in playing for the Texans

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As the calendar continues to move toward March 8, the date by which the Colts must either pay Peyton Manning $28 million or cut him loose, reports and theories continue to emerge.

Here’s the latest, from Bob Allen of KTRK-TV in Houston:  “Someone I know who is close friends with the Manning family says Peyton is definitely interested in possibly coming to the Texans.  Peyton will be released by the Colts early next month and will be a free agent.  The person who knows the Mannings says Peyton wants to play on a team that has a chance of going to a Super Bowl, and the Texans fit that description.”

Though the Texans have a quarterback, a healthy Peyton Manning would be a clear upgrade over Matt Schaub.  With that defense and that running game and those receivers, the Texans would be a championship-caliber team with Manning under center.

Before that would happen, Manning would have to be willing to put his Indianapolis legacy at risk, given that he’d be playing the Colts twice in 2012.  And the Texans would have to be willing to sit Schaub down and/or send Schaub packing.

But the Texans are one of the few teams with which Manning could legitimately chase a Super Bowl in 2012.  And if Peyton hopes to match Eli’s pair of Super Bowl titles, the Texans could give Peyton the best chance of getting it done in 2012.

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  1. trbowman says: Feb 13, 2012 11:07 PM

    Elite running game, elite wideout, elite tight end, elite defense, elite offensive line.

    Uh, who wouldn’t be interested in quarterbacking that team?

  2. mclovin07 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:07 PM

    If I was a Texans fan, which I’m not. I’d hope that this deal never happens….Schaub is and should be the starter for them….

  3. tjacks7 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:08 PM

    “The person who knows the Mannings says Peyton wants to play on a team that has a chance of going to a Super Bowl, and the Texans fit that description.”

    ———————-

    Uh, about 60% of the league fits that description of a healthy Peyton is at QB.

  4. lilrob10201 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    If this happens,the Texans could really be a superbowl team.

  5. profootballwalk says: Feb 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    Do the Texans have the giganto salary cap space it would take to fit in The Highest Paid Player in Football?

  6. riles1008 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    Matt Schaub is a top ten qb, stupid move

  7. jjrs89 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    Matt Schaub looks like special ed from crankyankers

  8. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Feb 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    As a Packers fan, to all the Colts fans… just pray this doesn’t happen.

  9. trbowman says: Feb 13, 2012 11:10 PM

    What Manning is realizing (or maybe he isn’t, whatever) is that all the teams being connected to him have flaws hard to overlook.

    Cardinals have questions on the offensive line and nobody outside Larry Fitzgerald to throw to. They really need to add someone like Robert Meachem.

    Redskins don’t have a whole lot of talent on offense and lack a true number one wideout.

    Jets locker room is a mess. Dolphins aren’t too bad but Stephen Ross is an irritant.

  10. cowboysfromdallas says: Feb 13, 2012 11:10 PM

    I think Houston is better without Manning.

  11. truthfactory says: Feb 13, 2012 11:10 PM

    As a Colts fan, I’m okay with this and I’d root for him except when playin the Colts.

    This is completely different than the Favre scenario. Favre kept his team hostage for years and told him he was retiring, then when they were ready to move on, he’d come back and says he’s ready to go! It was an ugly “divorce”.

    All things point to the fact that this is going to be an amicable split, with both sides understanding where the other is coming from and the position that each are in. Best of luck to both the Colts and Peyton in 2012

  12. chris7676 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:11 PM

    Someone I know who knows someone who knows the Manning family….This is not credible, dont get your hopes up on silly he said she said reporting. Plus, what about Shaub?

  13. jhein23 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:12 PM

    If Peyton Manning proves he’s healthy (big if) and he signs with the Texans they are the SB favorites going into the season. Plus they could ship Schaub for a pick that would probably be a first year starter.

  14. akhter02 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:13 PM

    Not gonna happen … Kubiak is committed to Schaub. Plus no one would know if Manning would be able throw after a few hits.
    My suggestion, Manning should retire unless he’s sure he is more than 100%. People will remember the great Manning … not washed away like Favre.

  15. drewsg says: Feb 13, 2012 11:13 PM

    Umm, why? Texans should be worry about bringing in someone opposite Andre Johnson. Didn’t Matt Schaub lead the league in yards not to long ago. I think bringing in Dwayne Bowe or Vincent Jackson would be a better piece for the team than Peyton Manning. Just me though

  16. richgannon says: Feb 13, 2012 11:14 PM

    Maybe Cushing could help him along in his rehab!

  17. asianboy212 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:14 PM

    What the eff

  18. thesmiteofthewicked says: Feb 13, 2012 11:14 PM

    “Though the Texans have a quarterback, a healthy Peyton Manning would be a clear upgrade over Matt Schaub. ”

    Ignoring facts and completely misusing the word “clear” in the same post. Good job!

    Schaub has posted at least a 92 QB rating in each of his last four seasons

    How is a quarterback who is five years older and coming off a serious neck injury a “clear” upgrade? Especially considering Peyton’s numbers took a sharp dive in 2010.

  19. astrosfan75956 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:15 PM

    Go for it, Houston would be a great fit and Wayne could come with him.

  20. trbowman says: Feb 13, 2012 11:15 PM

    So someone explain this Randy Moss thing to me. Yes, I know it’s unrelated to the topic but I gotta hear an explanation.

    Moss half asses his way through three teams in 2010, looks to have lost a step and spends the whole 2011 season out of football. TO had a productive 2010, caused no problems in Buffalo or Cincy and is busting his sack to get back in the NFL.

    And yet teams are interested in Moss, but not TO? Just how does that make a lick of sense?

  21. stevenfbrackett says: Feb 13, 2012 11:15 PM

    Peyton is only an upgrade if he is able to play and no one has any idea at all if he can.

    And the Texans didn’t do too badly with the QBs they already have. They have a pretty good foundation to grow on and the many millions it would take to get Manning would be better spent getting 3 or 4 other players to shore up their weaker spots.

    Even without Manning, they could certainly be in the playoffs next year.

  22. jgava19 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:20 PM

    There’s one way to leave Indy with dignity. Even though some fans think Irsay is the bad guy, I’m sure those same fans won’t take it too well knowing he’s going to division rival….by choice. It’s one thing to stick it to your previous boss, but now he’s sticking it to the fans. Good move, Peyton.

  23. txtuff says: Feb 13, 2012 11:21 PM

    No way does this happen! Bob Allen is a good guy but I have grown up watching him on TV and he has never broen a scoop. McNair and Kubes think they can win with Schaub and are to loyal to a fault.

  24. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Feb 13, 2012 11:21 PM

    The Texans were a Super Bowl contender with a healthy Schaub this year. I personally think its disrespectful that he would even think of taking another Pro Bowl-caliber QB’s job. Stay classy Peyton

  25. mcjon22 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:22 PM

    WKRTV? A friend of Peyton’s family? He MAY be interested in playing for Houston? Just stop it. The 3 drunks at the end of the bar have more credibility than this story.

  26. bouwel92 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:22 PM

    o no we dont need peyton in houston shaub is just as capible of bringin us to the superbowl as manning is it would be a huge mistake benchin or losin schuab especially to manning i like peyton and all and hope he continues playin just stay out of houston

  27. torgerl says: Feb 13, 2012 11:23 PM

    Seems like a “accidental” leaked report to make the Colts think twice about releasing him for fear of him signing in division?

  28. sportsinhd says: Feb 13, 2012 11:24 PM

    It makes more sense than joining the Redskins or the Dolphins, two teams that no one believes are Super Bowl contenders.

    I know it won’t happen, but I think San Francisco makes the most sense. That’s a team ready for the Super Bowl, and Manning is a definite upgrade over Alex Smith. The 49′ers could conceivably sign both, especially because Manning’s health should be a concern for any team that makes a run at him.

  29. jbcommonsense says: Feb 13, 2012 11:24 PM

    They would easily be a Super Bowl contender.

  30. concernedcitizen001 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:25 PM

    WOW!!! Big shock that a reporter from Houston nonetheless, heard from a friend, who has a close associate, who mops the Colts clubhouse break room, that Peyton is interested in the Texans. Shocking news!!!
    I’m going to guess that this won’t be the last “anonymous” tip from someone in a market other than Indianapolis that Peyton is interested in playing for their team.

  31. keramidas21 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:25 PM

    Texans would be stupid if they did this. Schaub is a good QB. Why would they even consider signing Peyton for a year or two if it meant losing Schaub could be a possibility. That would be giving up their future.

  32. hardoguy says: Feb 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    Doooooo it. Rick Pitino all-white suit style.

  33. joelvis72 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    Put Peyton out there with Yates in training camp and let them battle it out for the starting job.

  34. tjp2033 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    Don’t see the need for the Texans. Not that Manning wouldn’t be an upgrade, but what price will it cost? If Schaub didn’t get hurt this season I could have legitimately seen the Texans win the Super Bowl.

    With a healthy Schaub they are Super Bowl contenders again.

  35. giantenemybird says: Feb 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    If that’s true, then clearly his biggest priority is a team with a good offensive line.

  36. marcinhouston says: Feb 13, 2012 11:28 PM

    Yeah, because the Texans are great at keeping their stars healthy. If Manning would consider the Texans, maybe he should consider the Chargers, Jets, Falcons, Cowboys, Eagles, Ravens, Lions, etc. Schaub is a pretty good QB and none of those teams have any better, especially the Jets and Ravens who could be championship caliber if they had Schaub.

  37. mjkelly77 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:28 PM

    It’s all over for the Swamp Boy. Now he’s just trying to con someone else into giving him another $25+ million for doing absolutely nothing. Greedy Swamp Boy.

  38. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 13, 2012 11:28 PM

    “Definitely” interested in “possibly” coming to the Texans.

  39. moderndayjhericurl says: Feb 13, 2012 11:30 PM

    I’m a Texan realist, so I’m not going to get my hopes up. But if he were completely healthy, see ya Matt Schaub.

  40. ingraven says: Feb 13, 2012 11:31 PM

    aint happenin…NEXT story

  41. goawayeverybody says: Feb 13, 2012 11:32 PM

    This is hilarious. I can’t wait for Peyton to lead the Texans to a 4-12 record while he scrambles around throwing interceptions because he’s trying to avoid taking a career-ending hit.

  42. silverhornet says: Feb 13, 2012 11:32 PM

    Houston, we have a problem.

  43. cunningstunts96 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:32 PM

    Peyton Manning to Andre Johnson.

    I just shat my pants.

  44. goodell4cash says: Feb 13, 2012 11:33 PM

    Bob Allen of KTRK-TV in Houston says: My brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former college roommate is close with the Mannings and says Peyton wants to play here. LOL

    The media is just ridiculously bad these days. They’ll go public with anything. Made up “sources”, NEVER bothering with getting confirmation from multiple sources before going to print or on the air. Just throw it against the wall and see if it sticks (most of the time it doesn’t and yet they still keep flinging).

    Guys like Jason Cole at Yahoo Sports and Jay Glazer are a couple of the few actual journalists left who do their research and break stories.

  45. gshfootball says: Feb 13, 2012 11:34 PM

    Good, I hope it happens and he sticks it to the Colts twice a year for the next 5 years.

  46. gavriloprincip33 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:38 PM

    Let it be true! I would love to see him spank the Irsays twice a year…

    Unfortunately, I am doubtful that he is going to actually play again and if he does, I wonder how effective he will be…

  47. halfcourthero says: Feb 13, 2012 11:40 PM

    That would be worst than Brett to Vikings for colts fans but murder for the rest of the league. I bet Vegas would change those odds after that

  48. goforthanddie says: Feb 13, 2012 11:40 PM

    “Manning would have to be willing to put his Indianapolis legacy at risk”

    Umm, if he leaves the team, his team legacy is set in stone. And if he can play, I’m pretty sure he’d relish the thought of stomping the Colts twice annually.

  49. goodell4cash says: Feb 13, 2012 11:46 PM

    The Manning homers sound just like the Favre homers from the summer of 08. In both cases, management were/are right to move on. No GM in the league would pay him that 28 mil with the condition he’s in and the extreme uncertainty of his future. You guys are the same ones who still say stupid things like “Somebody that needs a downfield threat needs to go get Moss”. You guys are just going off the name and the former glory, not the reality of today.

  50. rubbernilly says: Feb 13, 2012 11:56 PM

    Peyton’s in a tough spot. With the whole Colts organization in rebuilding mode, if he stays there he is going to have a much steeper road to get to the Super Bowl again… and he might not have that kind of time. On the other hand, he just can’t loaf about and get himself released… there’s the perception of his health to be concerned about (a direct hit to whatever contract he signs with the next team), not to mention the public image hit he’d take if it appeared that he (and not Irsay) was the reason he got released.

    That said, there are teams with whom Peyton could make a legitimate run at a SB. Leaving aside the obvious ones (who are obvious for the very reason that they have strong QB play; ie, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, etc.), here are my thoughts:

    Baltimore — Scary defense with maybe one or two more seasons, strong running game, and young receivers. What have they consistently lacked? A game-changing QB.

    Texans — Much improved defense, and a scary three headed monster of Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and Owen Daniels. Strong running game.

    San Francisco — Would require Smith to sit when he wasn’t really the weakest link on the team (the average group of receivers were). But Peyton could elevate the game of those receivers. Not to mention strong defense and rushing attack (two-deep with Hunter and Gore).

    Dallas — One of the most impressive receiving corps in the league, with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant—and Laurent Robinson might be the fastest of the bunch. Like Baltimore, what have they lacked? A QB who doesn’t fumble the long snap.

    Broncos — A very good, young defense, and very serviceable WRs. The rushing game is good, even if you can’t count on McGahee having another season like last year. Don’t forget that Tebow is a QB easily sat on the bench (all initial public outcry aside; you know Tebow will be all roses-and-sweetness publicly, and once fan sentiment calms down people will greedily await a new and improved Tebow 2.0 after studying behind Peyton for a few years).

    And two more that merit mention just for completeness, even though they’d never happen:

    Eagles — Not a good fit (Andy Reid calling the plays), but he’d make them better… steadier, and more consistent. Unfortunately, the defense was their weak link.

    Atlanta — Impressive receiving corps and decent defense. Probably have to move on from Michael Run-To-Darkness-Turner, but the pieces are there.

    You can add the Lions into the same boat as Atlanta, where you have a young QB and WR crew just starting to get some feel for one another. No front office worth their weight is going to mess with that for 2-3 years of Peyton.

    I think Baltimore is the best fit for him in the AFC, and Dallas is the best in the NFC. I don’t think he’ll want to go to the NFC and face his brother twice each year, and I don’t think he’ll want to go to the AFC East to face Tom Brady twice a year… which would rule the Jets out if I thought they’d be SB contenders (I do not). The Ravens survive all of those considerations.

    So the question is, would the Ravens sit and/or trade Flacco?

    (…and can you imagine the rebuilding that organization would undergo in 3 years… with the turnover of retiring, veteran talent?)

  51. normswifevera says: Feb 13, 2012 11:57 PM

    The word “report” has just been stretched past its breaking point.

  52. bulltexan says: Feb 14, 2012 12:02 AM

    I live in Houston and have watched Bob Allen for over 30 years and he doesn’t put stuff out there unless he is sure. All of you clowns talking out your *sses need to know what your talking about before you start putting someone down. He said Peyton is interested not Houston. I don’t see it happening even if he was healthy due to the fact that Schaub is a pretty good qb and the Texans are one of the few teams that are loyal to their players and not just dump them in the trash heap when something better comes along.

  53. smadison29 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:08 AM

    First off the Texans would be foolish not to trade Schaub away & sign Peyton if they could. Yates is the future but he still needs a year or so on the bench. The Texans could probably get back the second round pick they dealt for Schaub five years ago. That’s great ROI. Trading Schaub would also save the Texans roughly $6M against the cap. Money needed to sign Peyton & potentially resign Mario Williams.

    Isn’t it a bit ironic that the team that seemingly has emerged out of nowhere needs: a) a center because Chris Myers is an unrestricted free agent & will be paid somewhere & b) a number two receiver because the Texans have no viable options past Andre Johnson. Enter UFAs Jeff Saturday & Reggie Wayne. Then if Dallas Clark is cut as expected he could serve as a back up to oft injured Owen Daniels & as the #2 TE in those type offensive sets.

  54. dubblelznhell says: Feb 14, 2012 12:12 AM

    Matt Schaub looks like special ed from crankyankers
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    Lol. Yah and he seems to get injured a bit too often.

  55. thetooloftools says: Feb 14, 2012 12:15 AM

    Payton will never take another snap in the NFL.

  56. supremeomega says: Feb 14, 2012 12:16 AM

    Texans have the most talent in the AFC are gonna go to the SB next year regardless…

    As a Colts fan I won’t be angry if Peyton goes there but I think dumping Schaub for him isn’t the best decision. Texans run a whole lot of bootlegs off play action which requires a mobile QB. They would have to changes their offense significantly. Also Peyton makes most of his calls at the line and would likely run much less than currently…

    Texans have a power run physical game and from my experience watching every Colts game for his entire career Peyton prefers to make the plays as opposed to handing off the ball and rightfully so. Also, and more importantly.

    Houston is already the best team in the AFC Manning may have 3 years left. It would take 1 year to get acclimated making them the favorite in 2013. But by dumping Schaub they narrow their window from 5 to 2 years IMO. Houston has a great foundation and should dominate the AFC for a long time since NE and PIT are on the downside

    Manning is still a great QB if healthy but it’s not just as easy as inserting him into any team and win 13 games next season. The Colts offense was built for him and he had full reign over strategy. He would be better in New York Denver or SF which have such poor QB play that the playbook is limited allowing him and the OC to throw wrinkles in based on what Peyton can do…

  57. bsizemore68 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:20 AM

    I just talk with Maxx, he is a smart dude, he said forget Texas, he will play for Miami, why, nice weather, no state income tax, has a condo there, his wife likes it there. Got to trust the Dude, he know things that we don’t, he has a nose that can smell the truth, now I need to go and feed him. Bill

  58. steelerer says: Feb 14, 2012 12:22 AM

    thesmiteofthewicked says:Feb 13, 2012 11:14 PM

    “Though the Texans have a quarterback, a healthy Peyton Manning would be a clear upgrade over Matt Schaub. ”

    Ignoring facts and completely misusing the word “clear” in the same post. Good job!

    Schaub has posted at least a 92 QB rating in each of his last four seasons

    How is a quarterback who is five years older and coming off a serious neck injury a “clear” upgrade? Especially considering Peyton’s numbers took a sharp dive in 2010.
    _______________________________

    Um, the key word was “healthy”

    By the way his numbers took a sharp dive? Really 33 tds and his highest passing yards in any season of his career. Before you start blabbing about interceptions, if you remember most of those ints came when blair white had his first 2 starts along with tamme.

    Sorry a HEALTHY manning over schaub is a no brainer for the Texans.

  59. joyjoy69 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    This is just silly! If Peyton is healthy, any team he plays for is a contender – just ask the Colts what the exact same roster played like without him! If he wants a team that has everything but a QB, and the cap space to fit him, there is only one team in the league that fits that bill: The Seattle Seahawks. They have an amazing defense and special teams, a solid line (still young and learning, but made up of 3 first round starters and the potential to really solidify), a great RB and two really good receivers. They also have a TE who looks a lot like a young Dallas Clark. The only missing piece is at QB. With a healthy Peyton Manning, they would face little competition beyond the 49ers, and that would be a great way for him to solidify his legacy as the QB that won games for teams that couldn’t win without him. And did you notice the Seahawks are in the top 5 teams for cap space?

  60. cardmagnet says: Feb 14, 2012 12:25 AM

    Did Matt Schaub retire? No? Oh, then that’s not happening. Peyton should go play in Jacksonville. Same division, Maurice Jones-Drew behind him, and he can make magic out of no-name receivers. Jacksonville could also bring in the talent to help Peyton via free agency and draft.

  61. jobob247 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:28 AM

    What I find interesting is the automatic assumption by sports commentators is that the instant Peyton joins a team; said team becomes a Super Bowl contender. The guy flat out shuts down in the playoffs. He has his entire career. Hell, the playoff run when they won the Super Bowl he wasn’t the primary reason for their win. Why does everyone quickly forget that the Colts defense all of a sudden became #1 against the run and this is the primary reason for their Super Bowl run. Peyton’s stats in 4 GAMES in the Colts Super Bowl run: 3 TD, 7 INT, 70.5 passer rating. His other playoff runs are in many cases even worse. You kidding me? All this would do is stunt Schaub’s growth and/or TJ Yates’.

  62. txndave says: Feb 14, 2012 12:29 AM

    Man if he comes here forget about it.. game over…

  63. dolphan22 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:31 AM

    Report:all 32 teams want manning.I mean seriously…can we just wait and see what happens?its a new team every few days,but with no season and combine about 2 weeks.away.there is hardly anything to talk about

  64. stebutt says: Feb 14, 2012 12:42 AM

    Texans aren’t that dumb to mortgage their future on a crocked declining 36 year old when they have a perfectly good QB. Are they?

  65. noahbird says: Feb 14, 2012 12:48 AM

    Dolphins.

  66. damnyoulinelliot says: Feb 14, 2012 12:54 AM

    Key words: “May be” … Anybody can make up news “reports” nowadays

  67. reach4succeed says: Feb 14, 2012 12:54 AM

    And what happens when Manning’s neck is re-injured in the first or second game of the year from a hard take down? Season over? I say he is too fragile this time around. Too risky for an up and coming team to spend the huge dollars on. He is better as mentor role at this point.

  68. mikehockhurtz says: Feb 14, 2012 12:55 AM

    One word.

    49ers

  69. delpiero1980 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:57 AM

    If Manning goes to the Texans then the 49ers should sign Schaub!!

  70. packfaninpackland says: Feb 14, 2012 1:06 AM

    “Though the Texans have a quarterback, a healthy Peyton Manning would be a clear upgrade over Matt Schaub.”

    Really ??? I’m not sure that’s a given – for several reasons. One, Schaub is over 5 years younger. Two, he doesn’t have a serious neck injury that’s been operated on 3 times in the past 2 years, Three makes a LOT less money than Manning does or will, and Fourth, throwing 2011 out of the window, has had just about as good of numbers as Peyton the previous 2 seasons in the league, so, the Texans can use the extra cap cash available for more players, as I don’t see Manning taking a big cut in pay to go somewhere else.

  71. ravensfan4life52 says: Feb 14, 2012 1:14 AM

    Trade Schaub for a late first-early second, sign Manning, and have him mentor Yates. Bam! And that’s how it’s done ladies and gentlemen.

  72. buzzbissinger says: Feb 14, 2012 1:16 AM

    “And yet teams are interested in Moss, but not TO? Just how does that make a lick of sense?”

    Two words: Suicide watch.

  73. rowdymon says: Feb 14, 2012 1:16 AM

    Wrong team in Texas. Jerry Jones has him on speed dial – guaranteed.

  74. illinininer says: Feb 14, 2012 1:17 AM

    If you can’t (do anything but) beat ‘em, join ‘em!

  75. crambow says: Feb 14, 2012 1:42 AM

    Upgrade, asset or liability? Only time will tell, I guess, should the rumor mill be correct.

    I’m still crossing my fingers that Mr. Peyton Manning doesn’t allow fans of the NFL to experience a ‘Favrearian Event’. The last occurrence didn’t go very well.

  76. staff2cj4td says: Feb 14, 2012 2:17 AM

    Stafford > Schaub x 10

  77. staff2cj4td says: Feb 14, 2012 2:18 AM

    if Manning goes and gets Wayne to play opposite of Andre Johnson, with Foster in the backfield….IT’S A WRAP!!!!

    SIZE THE TEXANS FOR THEIR RINGS!!!

  78. angryamerican007 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:54 AM

    I say we get Peyton and Randy Moss and call it an offseason. Peyton,if backing up Schaub would assure an injury free season. And Moss on one side Johnson on the other. Texans Superbowl Bound

  79. gimmeabruschi says: Feb 14, 2012 3:29 AM

    Amazing how the Texans are suddenly “elite”. We have seen many teams have a big year and settle right back into a pffft existence.

  80. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Feb 14, 2012 4:04 AM

    Rock climbers all over the world will be upset if Peyton’s forehead will make it back to football.

  81. suresk says: Feb 14, 2012 4:07 AM

    You kind of have to wonder – of all the teams that are currently in a good position to be a Super Bowl team, how many:

    a) Are in a QB situation where Manning would be a huge upgrade.

    b) Have the cap space for Manning.

    c) Are desperate enough to take a shot on an expensive QB who hasn’t played a down in over a year and has a lot of health-related question marks.

    Given his age and neck issues, he isn’t going to be a long-term solution, and his salary will make it likely that whatever team picks him up will be in the same position the Colts are in now once he leaves.

    I have a huge amount of respect for Peyton and am sad that his era is coming to a close. I’m sure that there are a number of teams that would love to have him, if for nothing more than his leadership, but the salary issues make it tricky.

  82. denverdude7 says: Feb 14, 2012 5:01 AM

    If Manning truly wants a challenge he should play for the Cleveland Browns.

    I for one, would love to see him rescue another lousy team like he did with the Colts.

  83. olcap says: Feb 14, 2012 5:45 AM

    You make Peyton sound like he’s psychotic.

  84. 6thsense79 says: Feb 14, 2012 5:54 AM

    To all criticizing this article for lack of hard reporting I’d point out this section of PFT is called Latest news and RUMORS. Just sayimg.

  85. gmen1987 says: Feb 14, 2012 6:14 AM

    So what would Houston do if they sign Peyton Manning, trade Schaub, and then find out Peyton Manning can’t play?

    More proof that many sports media members are as stupid as many fans.

  86. burgundyandgold says: Feb 14, 2012 6:22 AM

    That would be awsome. Then the Texans could trade Schaub to the Redskins and reunite him with Kyle S. That would be a good situation.

  87. waxedagain says: Feb 14, 2012 6:39 AM

    I know a guy who knows a guy who sez…

  88. purplecrowe says: Feb 14, 2012 6:49 AM

    I never really considered Houston because they seemingly have a QB in place, but…this appears to be a perfect fit in reality. Schaub has always been at least a bit over rated in my mind, plus can’t stay on the field. He does have value on the market though, he’d be an upgrade for a great number of teams at his position. Trade Schaub for a couple more “pieces”, sign Manning, and have a real good 3 year window to make title runs. Good D, great running game, and (hopefully) a healthy Andre…

  89. purplecrowe says: Feb 14, 2012 6:51 AM

    Plus, you know he’d love nothing more than a shot at the Colts twice a year…

  90. Topher says: Feb 14, 2012 6:51 AM

    Profootballwalk: “Do the Texans have the giganto salary cap space it would take to fit in The Highest Paid Player in Football?”

    WHY? Is Tom Brady leaving the Patriots?

  91. mrbigass says: Feb 14, 2012 6:57 AM

    We don’t have the cap space and Bob Allen is an idiot……

  92. cornersss says: Feb 14, 2012 7:01 AM

    “Especially considering Peyton’s numbers took a sharp dive in 2010.”

    Um…. 4700 yards 36 td’s and 17 int 91.9 qb rating is not a sharp dive.
    I think you meant 2011 when he didnt play,sure i guess thats a sharp dive

  93. geniusesq says: Feb 14, 2012 7:03 AM

    BS

  94. cornersss says: Feb 14, 2012 7:04 AM

    “The person who knows the Mannings says Peyton wants to play on a team that has a chance of going to a Super Bowl, and the Texans fit that description”

    So texans make playoffs for 1st time in history and now they are just a qb away from being superbowl bound? Right. Try it longer than 1 season Texans and 49′r’s. Those 2 teams are way too full of themselves after a weak 2011 in their divisions

  95. Topher says: Feb 14, 2012 7:07 AM

    Colts fan here. I would like Manning to go to the Texans. It would be fun to see him. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have been waiting for a decade to sack him! Plus we know Manning doesn’t play well when pressured with a four man front and its pretty much the only thing left the Colts are good at.

    For Manning it is all about the money. He wanted to stay in Indianapolis because they would pay him hugs sums of money. When it became clear all these other teams were drooling over him he shut his mouth and pretended to take the high road knowing that he was still going to get huge sums of money.

    He is the greatest player to ever play the game and has been paid as such. But you have to know when time is up. The great ones never do.

  96. cornersss says: Feb 14, 2012 7:08 AM

    “c) Are desperate enough to take a shot on an expensive QB who hasn’t played a down in over a year and has a lot of health-related question marks.

    Tired of the “hasnt played IN OVER A YEAR. Yes. He missed one season.Many players missed one season. This is the first time mannings missed a game, if anyone car4es

  97. larrydavid7000 says: Feb 14, 2012 7:09 AM

    did rob lower leak this out.not again.!!!!! lol.

  98. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 14, 2012 7:20 AM

    He obviously doesn’t care how people will him going forward.

  99. cornersss says: Feb 14, 2012 7:21 AM

    “a great RB”

    When did marshaun lynch become a great rb?

  100. lionsplayoffs says: Feb 14, 2012 7:32 AM

    Don’t get too picky Texans fans. Schaub is a good quarterback. He’s put up good numbers since Day 1.

  101. biglebronski says: Feb 14, 2012 7:57 AM

    I doubt Peyton would go to another team in the AFC South. And for the love of God, I can’t stop clicking on Peyton Manning headlines!! I need help.

  102. ufanforreal says: Feb 14, 2012 7:59 AM

    someone I know that knows everyone says this is bullsheet

  103. htimsr40 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:01 AM

    “a healthy Peyton Manning would be a clear upgrade over Matt Schaub.”

    It is arguable, but far from clear. Schaub had a 96.8 rating and a TD/Int ratio of 15/6 last season. If healthy, it is NOT clear that a 35-year old Manning would be an upgrade over that production.

    In 2010, it was Schaub 92.0 vs Manning 91.9 and 24/12 vs 33/17. If “the numbers never lie”, they do not make today’s Manning a “clear upgrade”.

  104. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 14, 2012 8:13 AM

    Wow, I don’t know about that. Manning in his prime is clearly better than Schaub but you would be seriously mortgaging your future.

    Makes no sense but maybe some team like the Broncos, 49ers or Dolphins would get lucky and have Schaub fall in their lap.

  105. adx321 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:22 AM

    @mjkelly77

    You keep using the term swampboy – Peyton had more money than you when he was 10. He is educated, came from money, and has developed his brand to be one of the highest paid endorsers in sports.

    You post on pft.

  106. cmgww says: Feb 14, 2012 8:23 AM

    “a healthy Peyton Manning would be a clear upgrade over Matt Schaub.”

    It is arguable, but far from clear. Schaub had a 96.8 rating and a TD/Int ratio of 15/6 last season. If healthy, it is NOT clear that a 35-year old Manning would be an upgrade over that production.

    In 2010, it was Schaub 92.0 vs Manning 91.9 and 24/12 vs 33/17. If “the numbers never lie”, they do not make today’s Manning a “clear upgrade”.

    =======================================

    Well you are forgetting that Manning had no Dallas Clark, no Collie, no Addai, and was throwing to Blair White (who had been on the PS) and still put up one of his better seasons. Schaub had Johnson, Foster and still missed the playoffs in 2010. Not saying Schaub is not a good QB, but what Manning did with his JV offense in 2010 is unreal. Yeah, he would be a clear upgrade over Matt Schaub, but for only a few years. That said it isn’t going to happen

  107. ogre2010 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:25 AM

    Dear Houston,
    Don’t do it!!
    Sincerely,
    Texans Fans
    P.S. I’m not a Texans Fan per say

  108. jgava19 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:27 AM

    That would be the ultimate disrespect to the fans who supported him all these years. Won’t happen.

  109. httr73 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:28 AM

    Good. Then Shaub can go to Washington and run Kyle’s offense and we can target Blackmon in the first round to give him that big name receiver.

  110. jgava19 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:30 AM

    Funny how it took a Manningless Colts team to make the Texans relevant.

  111. FinFan68 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:31 AM

    Just stop it!

  112. gmen1987 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:37 AM

    Amazing how people think Peyton Manning will lead their team to the Super Bowl when Peyton’s post season record says probable 1st round loss at home.

  113. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 14, 2012 8:45 AM

    Please go!! We would love Matt Schaub in Washington!!! HTTR

  114. brutus9448 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:49 AM

    that would be one stupid idea to go with peyton instead of shuab.

  115. crazynessthatsme says: Feb 14, 2012 9:03 AM

    This is going overboard- Hey , I am a Manning supporter, I’d love to see him go and do well- Replace Matt Schaub? Manning in his prime- Schaub would fall off the map- Manning now? Please give me a frickin break. Should we also have Manning replace Matt Ryan? How about Philip Rivers? I truly believe that the Texans would be in the super bowl had it not been for Schaub getting hurt- We wouldn’t even be talking about this. Talk about Washington, Miami, Seattle, hell , talk about Philly- but Houston? this is getting ludicrous

  116. crazynessthatsme says: Feb 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    this is Ludicrous* not getting, my bad- I know people like to point out grammar mistakes.

  117. raven410 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:07 AM

    Texans are already a Superbowl contending team. They really don’t need Peyton, especially since they are a running team..and Schaub can get the job done.

  118. rc33 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:18 AM

    And I’m definitely interested in possibly hooking up w/ Kate Upton.
    A deliberately vague and ambiguous statement, I would say.
    The beauty of the Texans scenario is how well the defense played after losing Mario Williams for the season. The level of play didn’t drop off at all and might’ve actually improved. If they let him walk they’ll have the financial flexibility to do a lot.
    Schaub has a Lis Frank injury and those can be tricky but in the end, its gonna be what the Texans want and not Peyton.

  119. whatwouldlombardido says: Feb 14, 2012 9:20 AM

    Not gonna happen. Texans have no cap room and Kubiak is loyal to a fault. Kubes brought in Schaub and unless Schaub’s foot falls off, he’ll be back as starter.
    This sounds like a trial balloon being sent up by “Peyton’s People”. Manning’s gonna have to settle. His “best” landing spot is Arizona. Enclosed stadium, great WR and a decent defense that could flourish if they consistently had a lead.

  120. canesgiants says: Feb 14, 2012 10:02 AM

    i think i would rather have schaub and mario williams than peyton

  121. bozosforall says: Feb 14, 2012 10:35 AM

    jobob247 says:
    Feb 14, 2012 12:28 AM
    What I find interesting is the automatic assumption by sports commentators is that the instant Peyton joins a team; said team becomes a Super Bowl contender. The guy flat out shuts down in the playoffs. He has his entire career. Hell, the playoff run when they won the Super Bowl he wasn’t the primary reason for their win. Why does everyone quickly forget that the Colts defense all of a sudden became #1 against the run and this is the primary reason for their Super Bowl run. Peyton’s stats in 4 GAMES in the Colts Super Bowl run: 3 TD, 7 INT, 70.5 passer rating. His other playoff runs are in many cases even worse. You kidding me? All this would do is stunt Schaub’s growth and/or TJ Yates’.

    __
    Career playoff QB rating:

    Peyton – 88.4
    Brady – 86.0

    Looks like Brady is the one who “shuts down” come playoff time. Take way that defense of the early 2000s and Brady isn’t anything special come playoff time.

  122. blaz0037 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:39 AM

    My suggestion, Manning should retire unless he’s sure he is more than 100%.

    Not to mention the ignorance of this statement, no man should ever tell another man he should retire. Who the hell do you think you are? Honestly, all these internet TROLLS demanding Peyton Manning should retire. What an utter joke these message boards have become.

    Just place for loners and haters to spew garbage.

  123. diamondmike2 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:43 AM

    Peyton Manning should think about coming to the Minnesota Vikings. They play in a dome, Frazier has the Indy connection and is a Dungee guy. The Vikings have AP and Percy Harvin, will spend the 3rd pick in the draft on a left tackle… and he could really help in getting a new stadium.

  124. eyeh8goodell says: Feb 14, 2012 10:45 AM

    “Payton will never take another snap in the NFL.”

    I’ll say. He died in 1999.

    Peyton does not make any team an “instant SB contender”. Have a gander at his career playoff numbers. They suck. And the ONLY reason the guy even has a ring at all is because Rex Grossman was QB-ing the other team. I’ll take Eli every time over his older brother. One is clutch, one is not.

  125. galvestontexans says: Feb 14, 2012 10:56 AM

    Not sure how the Texans could afford that. Not even sure how they are going to sign Mario and Foster at this point. No need to sell the future for Manning. Had Matt been health I think we would have had a real shot at the super bowl last year.

  126. mogogo1 says: Feb 14, 2012 11:02 AM

    Sure, the Texans would be a good place for him to land. But the “reporting” on these stories is laughable. Somebody at a Texas station just happens to have an anonymous friend tight enough with the Mannings to not only know he’s interested in the Texans, but also that he’s positively going to be released next month? How convenient. Maybe he also knows next week’s winning lottery numbers.

    Doubtful Manning himself knows for sure if he’ll be released. Why would the Colts commit to that this far out when Luck could get into a car wreck or something else weird could happen in the interim?

  127. jgava19 says: Feb 14, 2012 11:23 AM

    His career playoff numbers don’t suck. Actually, his rating is slightly better than Tom Brady’s. Some people love to spew stuff and in reality, they haven’t a clue. Manning has never had a really good defense to help him out. That is Polians fault. Built a very unbalanced team. Last time I checked, football is a team sport. This isn’t golf, people.

  128. swinbun says: Feb 14, 2012 11:25 AM

    This is one of the best possible scenarios for Peyton. Go to a strong, up & coming team, with an awesome, physical defense, that just happens to play in what will probably be the worst division in football. Plus, he knows the division better than anyone.

    And to all you Texans fans that say “We got Schaub!! We don’t need Peyton!” ……….how many playoff games has he won??? How many times has he gotten them to the playoffs??? How many season’s has he stayed healthy?? Thought so……Manning would instantly make them the team to beat in a declining AFC

  129. theghostoflombardi says: Feb 14, 2012 11:29 AM

    It seems to me that the only way this would be possible is if the Texans dealt Schaub, which would be a major mistake given the questions surrounding Manning’s arm.

    But, simply as a fan of football, how could you not be pumped with even the idea of getting to see Manning throw to Johnson?

  130. jgava19 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:28 PM

    Ain’t happening. He doesn’t fit their offense. Foster is a RFA, you know they won’t let him get away. And Mario probably gets tagged. It’s all media hype. Take it to the bank, manning will not be the Texans QB.

  131. eyeh8goodell says: Feb 14, 2012 1:01 PM

    “His career playoff numbers don’t suck. Actually, his rating is slightly better than Tom Brady’s. Some people love to spew stuff and in reality, they haven’t a clue. Manning has never had a really good defense to help him out. That is Polians fault. Built a very unbalanced team. Last time I checked, football is a team sport. This isn’t golf, people.”

    Brady’s played alot more playoff games than Manning has. And no, it’s not Polian’s fault. It’s Peyton’s. He’s the one going for the max contract grab every time and having so much of the team’s cap tied up in himself. The one time he did restructure…..it was for a whopping 4 mil in cap space. Way to sacrifice there Peyton…..lord knows you could’ve made it back in about 10 seconds doing a commercial.

  132. axespray says: Feb 14, 2012 4:40 PM

    Peyton carried Jim Caldwell to a superbowl with an average oline/no running game/an okay defense.

    If you hook him up with good coaches/great defense/good oline/awesome HB…. = SUPERBOWL

  133. mrslay1 says: Feb 14, 2012 5:13 PM

    Jerry Jones makes the deal and the Cowboys are in the Super Bowl!

  134. chazatlas says: Feb 14, 2012 10:35 PM

    Probably be Peyton’s best bet. That division pretty much sucks. The Titans are mediocre, the Jags are crap and Indy won’t be jack even with Andrew Luck.

  135. dchibond says: Feb 15, 2012 12:20 AM

    Folks, there’s no need to get ya panties in a wad! This is merely infotainment to keep our football lovin’ minds occupied until the next big NFL event. We are better than this- no need to dis one of the best QB’s in the history of the game nor try to impress us with your football knowledge. It’s just something to be entertained by and to think about. If Peyton goes to the Texans, I’ll cheer for him. He’s my favorite player. If he retires, good for him. Either way, good luck to Mr. PM.

  136. dchibond says: Feb 15, 2012 12:25 AM

    BTW, I know it prob won’t happen, but I would LOVE to see PM go to the Chiefs! My fav player comes to my fav team- what a dream! I’ll use some arguments already on here. It’s an average division in the AFC West, w/ the Chiefs having a great great chance to take it again this year. Chiefs are an up-and-coming team with a solid defense, great offensive weapons and proven coaches. Again, as this article dictates, just another thought to entertain that prob won’t happen! I love me some football!

  137. siaaa says: Feb 16, 2012 4:01 PM

    I would take Manning even at 75% in his current unknown condition over Schaub any day.
    he wouldnt have to do a lot with johnson recieving and Foster running the ball. the defense is not so bad either.

  138. godzilla111111 says: Feb 18, 2012 6:43 AM

    Texans best team in AFC? LOL
    The Ravens beat them twice including Schaub at QB by 15.

    The Ravens do not want Manning. Flacco is one dropped pass from the SB (where are you Gisele?).

    Manning will retire.

  139. mrslay1 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:54 PM

    Manning will not retire and The Texans are one of the 4 best teams in the AFC. Who is the best…who ever gets the ball to bounce their way a few extra times. The only times I saw the Texans this year (3 times) they were the most balanced team I saw in the league. That doesn’t make them the best, but they could be there next year as easy as anyone as they are that good.

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