Add the Chiefs to the list of teams interested in Peyton Manning.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Chiefs have already contacted Manning’s representatives.
That’s no surprise, as Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said last month that they’d be crazy not to consider Manning. Crennel’s comments came this close (if I weren’t typing right now I’d be holding my thumb and forefinger a millimeter apart) to tampering, although the Colts apparently aren’t inclined to make an issue of it.
Crennel has been either a head coach or a defensive assistant in the AFC for Manning’s entire career, so he well knows how difficult it is to game plan against Manning. The two have never worked together, but Crennel has a deep understanding of just how good a healthy Peyton Manning is.
Kansas City’s interest in Manning suggests that Crennel and the Chiefs’ front office want to win now, and they’re not convinced Matt Cassel is the quarterback to do that with. So we can now include the Chiefs when we discuss the many teams that have interest in the player who might be the most sought-after free agent ever — a list that includes at least 12 teams.
Pretty soon it might be easier to list the teams that aren’t interested in Manning.