Eagles coach Andy Reid loves collecting quarterbacks, and he considered adding a very, very big one to his collection: Peyton Manning.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that Reid wanted to jump into the Manning sweepstakes, and that it was Manning who didn’t like the idea.
Manning’s objection was less about the Eagles than about his discomfort about playing his brother Eli and the Giants twice a season.
There’s no word on what Manning signing in Philadelphia would have meant for the future of Michael Vick, but it’s another reminder of how much Reid enjoys tinkering with his quarterbacks. Under Reid’s direction the Eagles have made big splashes at quarterback through free agency and the draft, and the Eagles have thrice fleeced opposing teams by trading away quarterbacks A.J. Feeley, Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb and receiving in return better value than those quarterbacks proved to be worth.
The one thing Reid hasn’t done is found a quarterback who could win him a Super Bowl. Reid apparently thought Manning might have been that quarterback, but Manning decided to go elsewhere.