Evans Clinchy
Thursday February 9th, 2012

Where is Peyton Manning going to end up next season, should the Indianapolis Colts choose to set him loose? The possibilities are endless, but the Washington Redskins are certainly a prominent suitor. So prominent, in fact, that two notable retired quarterbacks have spoken out on the matter.

One is Steve Young, who played under Redskins coach Mike Shanahan when he was an assistant in San Francisco during the 1990s. Young has come out strongly in favor of Manning in a Redskins uniform, according to the Washington Post:

"I think it becomes a coach-quarterback relationship," Young said. "It’s gonna be somebody [like] a Mike Shanahan. You look at those guys around that really understand quarterbacks, they’re gonna be able to take advantage of all Peyton’s talents, and then you need to be a team that doesn’t have an answer right now....I expect that the move will be a team that just needs that guy, that hasn’t had that guy, and Peyton will be that guy."

On the other hand, former Skins quarterback Joe Theismann isn't a fan. The Washington signalcaller-turned-NFL Network commentator came out strongly against a Manning move in a radio last week, according to the Post:

“It’s not a good idea, it’s not a bad idea -- it’s a horrific idea,” Theismann said. “It would be one of the poorest things that we could do as a franchise. Are we gonna go find another guy for just a couple of years again? Haven’t we done this before? Haven’t we seen this act before? We’re tired of looking for stopgaps. It’s time to draft one of your own, or make a deal for a young one of your own and nurture him, and then put the players around him." The Redskins are expected to pursue Manning if the Colts make him available. Arizona, Miami and the New York Jets are among the other teams rumored to have interest.

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