It nearly happened. He was courted by the Cardinals in 2012 and the trajectory of the franchise could’ve been changed forever had Manning opted for the desert instead of the ski slopes of Denver.
Four of 10 Cardinals surveyed said they would start a team with Manning.
Had Manning signed with the Cardinals, they would’ve been able to start from scratch, rebuilding the team around one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Do you blame players -- or any franchise, for that matter -- for wanting to start a team with Manning? He sets the tone from the top down and players who don’t fall in line with him are either quickly corrected or sent packing. There are other quarterbacks who have won more Super Bowls but none can change a franchise like Manning.