Peyton to the Patriots? Analyst’s comment fuels Manning speculation

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Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

The New England Patriots find themselves in a bind when it comes to the quarterback position, but could the answer be former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning?

The idea of No. 18 wearing the silver and navy blue of the New England Patriots makes most Manning fans retch. And honestly, they don’t have much to worry about.

So why are there rumors that Manning could play for the Patriots?

The Pats are currently in a QB crunch. Tom Brady is, of course, suspended for the first four games of the season thanks to the Deflategate case. His four-game replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo, was hurt in Sunday’s games against the Dolphins. His status for Thursday’s game is uncertain.

Left on the depth chart for New England? Jacoby Brissett, a rookie from North Carolina State who was chosen in the third round of the NFL Draft.

CBS analyst and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason suggested that the Patriots bring in Manning to watch over the franchise until Brady comes back from his suspension. That comment fueled speculation that Manning could return to the NFL.

But really, why would he do it? Manning won the Super Bowl last year and retired. He hasn’t been particularly busy—outside of all those commercials—and seems to be adjusting well to life after football.

Plus, there’s this report from Pro Football Talk, which said returning to play “is not an option” for Manning. The report came after speculation that the Minnesota Vikings would consider bringing in Manning after Teddy Bridgewater went down for the season.

So, Manning fans, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Probably.

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