The Houston Texans would be wise to ignore any rumors about quarterback Peyton Manning becoming available in the coming offseason
There are reports coming from NFL insider Ian Rapoport that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has no interest in being a backup. That being coupled with the fact that Brock Osweiler is a far superior player at this point in their careers will lead to speculation that Manning will play somewhere else in 2016.
Manning has reportedly said that he does intend to play at least one more year, despite the fact he will be 40-years old in March. With Osweiler completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards with five touchdowns to just three picks, it may be time that Denver makes the switch to the youthful player who is showing promise, whereas Peyton is showing a steep decline.
If the Broncos do decide to move on from one of the best passers ever, there will be rumors flying all around the league about where the aged quarterback will land. The last time he was a free agent, the Houston Texans were rumored as a potential destination.
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For the sake of the team, those rumors need to never even start. Manning is a sure fire, first ballot hall of fame player. He may be the best quarterback of his time, but his time is passed.
He has completed less than 60 percent of his passes and has almost twice as many interceptions (17) as he does touchdowns (9), which is alarming considering he has weapons like receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to.
Still, rumors will surface that Manning will go somewhere and make them an instant contender. The belief seems to be that an older quarterback is the only way to go, but that is such a tired, and incorrect argument.
Younger players win championships. With the exception of the Patriots quarterback Tom Brady winning at age 37, youth has been served in the big game in recent years.
Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a championship the season before at just 25-years of age. Before him it was Joe Flacco at 28-years of age for the Ravens, the Giants Eli Manning at 32 (although he won his first at 28), and the Packers with Aaron Rodgers at 28.
So only 2 of the past 5 years has a quarterback under 30 won the Super Bowl. It’s time to end the narrative of older quarterbacks being the way to go.
The Texans, and their fans, would be wise to ignore any rumors and stick with Brian Hoyer at quarterback until they find their franchise guy.