NFL Czar: Manning watch continues

In the never-ending fun of the NFL offseason, some stories get more coverage than others. Pretty much every year since 2000, we have had to endure (or enjoy) the constant speculation and indecisiveness of one Brett Favre. However, this time he actually stayed retired, and now the focus is moved to another future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning.

Of course, if you have been following my articles all year, you will know that I was never a fan of the Indianapolis Colts getting rid of Manning, but the deed is done, and now the question is: where does he go?

I am going to take a look at the top possibilities for Manning and pick a likely winner in the sweepstakes. (NOTE: By the time this is printed, he may have picked a new team, so bear with me... I hope I am correct.)

Denver Broncos: Apparently John Elway isn't as into Tebowmania as we all thought. The Broncos were the first team to invite Manning to town, and they likely made a contract offer. In all likelihood, this won't be where Manning ends up, because any struggles will lead to Tebow's return.

Arizona Cardinals: Visit number two for Manning will have Cardinals fans thinking about the time they signed washed-up old Kurt Warner, who ended up taking them to the Super Bowl. The Cards certainly would succeed with Manning, as they have established running back (Beanie Wells) and a stud wide receiver (Larry Fitzgerald) for Manning to hook up with.

Baltimore Ravens: Let's get this straight right away: this is the least likely of the bunch. They have a starting QB firmly entrenched (Joe Flacco), but Manning would be a huge upgrade. With guys like Ray Lewis getting towards the end of his illustrious career, he would surely love another Super Bowl title. Flacco can't get them there, Manning can.

Miami Dolpins: This looks like the hands-down favourite to get him. The Fins have the advantage in the fact that Manning actually lives near Miami in the offseason, and this would keep him in a warmer climate for at least eight games a year. They have a solid defence, good running backs and solid wide receivers.

Keep in mind that whichever team ends up with Manning will likely also get former Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne. It would just make sense, wouldn't it?

For next week, I will bringing part one of my 2012 NFL Mock draft. The first two picks are pretty much locked in, but after that, it's a crapshoot.