Frank Reich doesn’t hold the keys to the kingdom.
But as we take every item we can find that has even a slight connection to Peyton Manning and put it into the equations, Reich comes into play today.
He’s the Arizona Cardinals new wide receivers coach, which is the same position he had in Indianapolis last year after a term as the Colts quarterbacks coach.
Writes NFC West blogger Mike Sando: Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell “affirmed the team's intention to pay a $7 million bonus to incumbent quarterback Kevin Kolb, but his wording left open the possibility things could change." Bidwill cited rules against tampering in discussing Manning specifically.
“On Kolb and the bonus, he said this: ‘You sort of cross bridges as you get there, you know, but I wouldn't say we are going to deviate from the plan at this stage.’
“Hiring Reich only strengthens perceptions the Cardinals will pursue Manning if given the chance. Lots of other teams will likely have interest as well. Whatever edge Reich might offer will belong to the Cardinals.”