With the Indianapolis Colts ushering Peyton Manning out the door so quickly he will not even have time to clean out his locker, it is time to face the fact that Eli’s big brother will be playing somewhere else next year. If I’m Peyton, I am taking my talents to South Beach.
Peyton has two or three years left in his Hall of Fame career, so he needs to find a place he can win right away. That being said, if the Dolphins add a talented quarterback, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.
Wherever Peyton goes, he needs a guy to throw to, such as Brandon Marshall. The Pro Bowl wide out had over 1,200 yards receiving despite having Matt Moore and Chad Henne pulling the trigger. Brandon Marshall would have 1,500 yards and at least eight touchdowns with the four-time MVP at the helm.
Next, the Dolphins have a weapon that Manning has never had: a legitimate playmaker at the running back position. Sure, Reggie Bush may be a little soft, but he did run for 1,000 yards last season.
In addition to his breakout season toting the rock, Bush would be the ultimate gadget player for Manning. Reggie would feel like he is back in the scarlet and gold, winning Heisman trophies and smoking the entire pac-10 on his way to the end zone. With number eighteen in South Beach; Reggie Bush would live up to all the hype he brought into the NFL six years ago.
The Dolphins also have other capable weapons such as Davone Bess, Anthony Fasano, and former ACU Wildcat standout Clyde Gates at their disposal. Therefore, becoming a top-ten offensive team is plausible for Miami if Peyton lands in Florida.
In addition, the AFC East is the perfect landing spot for Peyton. The Jets are in utter disarray, and the Bills are going to be terrible until the end of the world. The only other team in that division is the Patriots, and who doesn’t want to see the Golden Boy square off against Peyton twice a year?
I have heard people talking about Manning heading to Washington. However, I do not think that Eli and Peyton want to deal with “the Manning Bowl” twice a year. Seattle is still a couple of years away being a threat in the NFC, and Cleveland has absolutely no talent at Wide Receiver. If Peyton wants a shot at catching his little brother in the shiny rings department, the Dolphins are his best bet.