Word broke last night that the Denver Broncos were among the teams expressing interest in Peyton Manning's services for next season -- but according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Broncs aren't the only newcomers to the Manning sweepstakes. The four-time MVP also has a suitor in Kansas City:
The Chiefs have had Matt Cassel under center for most of the last four years -- the former New England Patriots backup signed a six-year, $62.7 million contract with the Chiefs in July 2009, including $28 million in guaranteed money. Cassel was a Pro Bowler a year ago, but a hand injury derailed him for much of 2011. Tyler Palko was underwhelming in Cassel's place.
Despite the age difference (Manning turns 36 this spring, Cassel turns 30), Manning would be significant upgrade for the Chiefs in the short term. He completed 450 of 679 passes for 4,700 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2010, his last healthy season. Manning has been linked in rumors this week to the Dolphins, Jets, Cardinals, Redskins, Seahawks and Titans, and then some. Narrowing it down a little bit, Schefter reports that Manning "prefers to stay in the AFC but is open to playing in the NFC."