Reasons my team didn't get Manning

Updated: March 15, 2012, 9:40 AM ET
By Jerry Greene | Page 2

At least at the moment this is written, we still don't know where Peyton Manning will either (1) play quarterback in the NFL or (2) continue to get treatment for his neck, worst-case scenario.

We do know he will not be going to the New York Jets. How do we know this? Because Jets Owner Woody Johnson said that they "passed on" Manning. And why would they do that? Because they love their current QB, Mark Sanchez, so much.

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Meanwhile, others are obsessed with obtaining the future Hall of Famer (and we don't mean Sanchez). But only one will land the biggest fish in the free-agent sea. Who will the losers be and why? You know -- and you told us who and why -- to create this week's reader-generated list:

Top 10 Reasons My Team Won't Land Peyton

10. Seattle: "Seahawk officials can't understand it. They've been sitting all week, listening to the rain and waiting for the phone to ring," said Mike O. of Seattle.

9. Miami: "Manning can't possibly come because, if he did, it would mean owner Stephen Ross and GM Jeff Ireland did something right," said Mike N. of West Palm Beach, Fla.

8. Jets: "The Yankees offered Manning three times more than you did," said Nate M. of Lewisburg, Pa. (This actually makes more sense that saying you passed on him.)

7. Raiders: "Because you gave up your draft picks until the end of time for Carson Palmer," said Lisa H. of Hamilton, Mont.

6. Washington: "Manning won't come because he intends to continue playing professional football," said Janice H. of Palo Alto, Calif.

5. Minnesota: "Because we already have Favre, er, Jackson, uh, Webb, um, McNabb, hmm, Ponder or … Tell him to name his price," said Alice A. of St. Paul, Minn. (Or maybe it's the following …)

4. Minnesota: "Manning isn't old enough, slow enough, injured enough or inaccurate enough to start for the Vikings," said Tim B. of Des Moines, Iowa. (Maybe Alice and Tim should correspond.)

3. Denver: "Because Tim Tebow is saying in the team prayer meeting: 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's quarterback,'" said Carey S. of Palo Alto, Calif.

2. Chicago: "Why would the Bears sign a QB with a .473 playoff winning percentage when they already have a QB that quit on them in the NFC Championship Game?" said Bill K. of Pulaski, Wis. (A loyal Packers fan, of course.)

1. Denver: "Because God never had a backup for Jesus, so why should John Fox need one for Tim Tebow?" said Corey C. of Henley, Mo.

Well, something will happen, perhaps on Thursday although Manning should remember to beware the Ides of March. It was a bad day for Julius Caesar but, if they were in the NFL now, Marcus Brutus would definitely be facing a four-game suspension.

Hey, here's an idea for Thursday: Manning goes to Orlando in exchange for Dwight Howard.

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