He might be done
Los Angeles Times
From the day Peyton Manning had the fusion surgery in his neck, I've believed that he wouldn't play again. Not that I don't trust his resolve, because no player would work harder to get back on the field.
The nature of that injury, and the fact that Manning has already had a Hall of Fame career and has a world of opportunities in front of him, lead me to believe he will pass on the risk of coming back. A surgeon who has performed hundreds of those one-level disk fusions told me that a person's range of motion in terms of turning the head is reduced by roughly 10 percent, and that cannot be good for a quarterback who needs to see as much of the field as he can.
My guess — and I hope I'm wrong — is that Peyton is done.
It won't be the Colts
It's easier to say where Peyton Manning won't be playing than where he will be playing. He won't be playing in Indianapolis, unless he is standing on the visitor's sideline. With each passing day it has become more apparent that divorce is the best solution for Manning and the Colts.
The four most logical destination teams are the Jets, Redskins, Dolphins and Seahawks. It would be very much in character for Rex Ryan to make a splash by going after Manning, though it would mean the end of Mark Sanchez. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has a history of pursuing big-name veterans.
The Dolphins have made it clear they want a QB upgrade. And the Seahawks could be instant contenders with Manning.
No good answers
The queasy feeling is welling up that the answer may be ... nowhere. The comments that former Colts general manager Bill Polian offered up recently were downright cryptic as he discussed how everyone is still hoping that 'Peyton's nerve that controls the triceps muscle will regenerate completely and enough for him to play.'
As far as a team that would take a big chance on him, it might be the aching-for-relevance Jets. However, Manning eschewed going to the Jets in 1997 as the NFL's consensus top pick, deciding to go back to Tennessee for his senior season. The Dolphins seem like a poor fit as they will change up to 60 percent of their offensive line in the offseason and, on top of that, left tackle Jake Long continues to have injuries pile up on him.
He would help Jets
The Morning Call
No quarterback in the NFL today could do more to unify the supposedly fractured Jets locker room than Peyton Manning. His decision-making alone, in and out of the pocket, would have been huge this season, for sure.
The Jets still need to get better on the offensive line before they start thinking about anything else, but assuming they can get something adequate together in the offseason, they'd be fools not to take a run at Manning. He'd do nothing but help their aging squad win right away, and he might even provide current struggling starter Mark Sanchez a chance to reset his career and step in as a starter again when Manning departs after a year or two.