Evans Clinchy
Thursday February 16th, 2012

The possibility of Peyton Manning donning the gold and wine next season for the Washington Redskins has been talked about for weeks, and it's been met with great intrigue by almost everyone in town.

Everyone, that is, except the mayor.

"I really think the Redskins need a quarterback that they can build with for the future," D.C. mayor Vincent Gray said in a TV interview this week. "You know, Andrew Luck is probably going to go to the Colts, but there’s Robert Griffin III, and there’s a couple other promising quarterbacks that are out there. We’ve kind of been down this pathway with quarterbacks who’ve been great but maybe are in the back end of their career, and even if he comes in and plays a year or two, where do we go from there?”

Manning is 35 and has undergone multiple neck surgeries in the past year -- there's no guaranteeing he'll ever be back to his old self, who made 11 Pro Bowls and won four MVPs.

Gray said he would rather go for a slower rebuild, even enduring a few more losing seasons, in the interest of ensuring a better future. “That’s exactly the direction I would go,” Gray said. “You look at some of the teams that are up-and-coming, I mean, you look at Atlanta, you look at what San Diego did with Philip Rivers, the 49ers ... Every team now that is really moving forward has done it by building with a quarterback of the future.”

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